Outlook for Russian Paper Packaging Markets

The first independent, detailed analysis and 5-year forecast of Russian containerboard, cartonboard and specialty packaging markets, by region and market player

Outlook for Russian Paper Packaging Markets

Included in the study:

Market Influencers

  • Reasons behind the regional differences for economic activity; the drivers for paper packaging demand and the supply base of raw materials
  • Explanation of the growth in Russian paper packaging markets
  • Regions that have been facing a shortage of paper and board for paper packaging production
  • Regions that have contributed the most to the overall performance of Russian packaging segments

Market Trends

  • Key producers of containerboard, cartonboard and specialty paper products and their strategies working in Russian realities
  • Production figures for sub-segments of containerboard; cartonboard and other paperboard; specialty paper packaging sectors
  • Mill-by-mill production figures for 2010-2012
  • Destinations for Russian paper packaging product exports
  • Main importers of cartonboard and containerboard in Russia
  • Developments and future prospects by grade in Russian markets
  • Identification of how the Russian containerboard industry has been increasing its recycled containerboard capacity
  • The state of corrugated and containerboard equipment in Russia

The Russian paper packaging markets grew at double-digit rates until 2009. However, growth has slowed since then, due to the weak recovery of the global economy. Despite the temporary slowdown, the Russian containerboard industry remains strong, particularly when compared with the Western European market. Fastmarkets RISI’s new study identifies the drivers of the growth in the Russian market and examines future prospects.

Comparative Analysis of Profitability of Containerboard Production in Western Europe and Russia
Prices/Variable Costs Per Tonne – Percentage*, Delivered to Home Market**

Comparative Analysis of Profitability of Containerboard Production in Western Europe and Russia

Due to increased investments, Russian paper packaging producers have been consolidating. In 2012, based on real production, the top-10 largest producers in the Russian corrugated industry accounted for 50% of the market, up 16% from 10 years ago. Similarly, the top-10 Russian containerboard producers, had around 70% of market share in 2012, up 20% from 10 years ago. The Outlook for Russian Paper Packaging Markets analyzes the key producers; identifying their strengths and weaknesses for end-users and aiding producers with their competitor intelligence.

Market Share of Cartonboard Producers in Russia 2012
(coated and uncoated grades)

Market Share of Cartonboard Producers in Russia 2012

While the containerboard market in Russia is almost entirely supplied by Russian companies, the cartonboard market is dominated by European producers, because of limited domestic production capacity. However, over the last five years Asian producers have increased their footprint in Russian markets, with their share growing to 12% last year. Given the ongoing capacity expansion projects in the Chinese cartonboard markets, it is highly probable that European producers will find further competition, from overseas producers, in Russia.

Table of Contents

1. Russian Macroeconomic Review, 2002-2012, and Economic Outlook, 2013-2018

2. Historical Developments in Russian Paper and Board Demand and Supply, 2002-2012

3. Russian Corrugated Market Overview, 2002-2012

4. Containerboard Market Overview, 2002-2012

5. Russian Containerboard Market Outlook, 2013-2018

6. Russian Cartonboard Market Overview, 2002-2012

7. Outlook for Russian Cartonboard Markets, 2013-2018

8. Russian Paper Packaging Market Overview, 2002-2012

9. Outlook for Russian Paper Packaging Markets, 2013-2018


Regions covered in the study:

Distribution of Russian Population by Federal Districts in 2012

  • Central
  • Northwest
  • Volga
  • South
  • Siberia
  • Ural
  • Far East
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