World Sack Kraft and Wrapping Paper Study

A detailed analysis and forecast of global sack kraft and wrapping paper markets until 2018 by major grade.


2013 World Sack Kraft and Wrapping Paper Study

Included in the study:

  • Demand forecast for all major producing and consuming countries
  • Breakdown of top global producers for bleached/unbleached sack and wrapping
  • Regional capacity and production overview including a list of major projects
  • Critical information on emerging trends in global wrapping and sack consumption
  • Details on the global trade balance and major exporting countries
  • Historical data from 2002-2012, preliminary estimates for 2013, and 5-year forecast through 2018

Global demand for sack kraft and wrapping papers increased 1.5% during 2012 to reach an estimated 15 million tonnes. During the last decade demand for wrapping paper declined or stagnated in the majority of developed countries. In North America sack kraft and wrapping consumption declined at a 3.4% average annual rate from 2003-2012. Demand in Western Europe held up relatively well increasing approximately 1.3% annually from 2003-2007, before declining at a 1.7% average annual rate through 2012. Emerging markets Asia, Middle East and Africa sustained 4.4% average annual growth in wrapping demand over the past decade. Wrapping consumption in these developing economies will continue to increase as disposable incomes grow.

World Sack Kraft and Wrapping Paper Study explores how sack kraft and wrapping paper capacity expansions in emerging countries will impact international trade dynamics in the global market. This is the first available global data for major sack and wrapping grades including; unbleached sack, unbleached wrapping, bleached sack and bleached wrapping.

Despite stagnant consumption patterns in western Europe and the US, developing countries will continue to support growth in global wrapping demand
Despite stagnant consumption patterns in western Europe and the US, developing countries will continue to support growth in global wrapping demand

Special focus on Chinese markets

Chinese demand for wrapping papers increased at a 7.6% average annual rate, over the last decade. During that same time, Chinese producers added about 250,000 tonnes of new kraft and wrapping capacity annually. Capacity expansions were carefully planned and China reduced imports of kraft and wrapping papers from approximately 500,000 tonnes in 2002 to just 250,000 tons in 2012. This study shows how capacity expansions in emerging countries will impact international trade dynamics and future trends in global consumption.

Chinese wrapping demand reached an estimated 4.7 million tonnes, 30% of global consumption in 2012
Chinese wrapping demand reached an estimated 4.7 million tonnes, 30% of global consumption in 2012

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. Executive Summary

III. Market Overview

  • Top Producers
  • Regional Highlights and Trade

IV. Methodology

  • RISI’s New World Packaging Grades
  • Wrapping Grade Definitions
  • Trade Classification
  • Capacity and Production Determination

V. Summary Tables by Grade

  • Unbleached Sack
  • Unbleached Wrapping
  • Bleached Sack
  • Bleached Wrapping

VI. Summary Tables by Major World Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Latin America
  • Rest of the World (Africa, Middle East and Oceania)
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