2012 Outlook for European White Top Containerboard Markets with 2013 Update
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An analysis and forecast of European White Top Containerboard Markets
The European containerboard market has grown 5 million tonnes in the last ten years and white top containerboard accounts for 20% of this growth. White top containerboard (both white top testliner and white top kraftliner) stood at 3.6 million tonnes or 12% of the market in 2012.
With increasing requirements for high quality printing on corrugated boxes and further penetration of shelf-ready packaging, there has been a continued use of white top liners.
By the end of 2012, the only markets that continued to grow close to or above the rate of growth for corrugated demand were white top testliner and white top kraftliner as shown in the table below.
European Containerboard Market in 2012 (30 Million Tonnes): White Top Linerboard Has Roughly 12% of Market Share
Will the market growth and profitability of white top liners continue in Europe?
RISI's new Outlook for European White Top Containerboard Markets provides an historical analysis of the white top containerboard market from 2002 2012 and a forecast of how the market will likely develop until 2016. The study covers both Western and Eastern Europe, with analysis of the dynamics of demand and supply by country, trade, production costs, pricing and profitability. In addition, the study considers the potential switch between various containerboard grades.