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Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Market Research Report | SIC C17.120 | Jan 2017

Paper cuts: Revenue folds due to falling paper consumption and declining demand

IBISWorld’s Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
DS Smith Paper Ltd DS Smith Paper Ltd market share
UPM-Kymmene (UK) Ltd UPM-Kymmene (UK) Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Enterprise numbers have fallen as many leading manufacturers have exited the industry
  • Exports are anticipated to have fallen at a faster rate than imports over the past five years
  • Declining consumer confidence is expected to lower expenditure on industry products
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing industry is gradually crumpling under the pressure of widespread adoption of computers and other communication technology reducing paper usage. This downward trend has been compounded by businesses controlling spending tightly during the start of the period and strong competition from low-cost imports. Industry revenue has fallen for much of the past decade and is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 1.9% over the five years through 2016-17. In the past decade, many leading manufacturers have exited the industry, which has also contributed to its decline. The industry is consolidating, with major players acquiring smaller businesses.

In 2016-17, revenue is forecast to decline by 0.9% to reach £2.8 billion... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The industry is in the decline stage of its life cycle. This reflects the exposure to low cost imports and the long-term downward trend in the consumption of paper products per capita, which was caused by the adoption of electronic methods of communication and alternative packaging materials as a substitute for paper and paperboard. The Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing industry will continue to contract as a share of the UK economy, with industry value added falling at a compound annual rate of 1.4% over the decade through 2021-22 and the UK economy growing at an estimated compound annual rate of 2.3% over the same period.

The industry will continue to be adversely affected by the switch to electronic media for communications and storage. Thi.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Having links with suppliers
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as IT and telecommunications adoption and Demand from cardboard packaging and paper bag manufacturing in the Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Industry?

    Firms in this industry manufacture paper and paperboard products from wood pulp and recycled materials. A large proportion of the industry's output is intended for further processing by downstream manufacturers (e.g. to make cardboard packaging), although the industry also supplies finished products such as newsprint, writing paper and paperboard liner.

    Industry Products
    Uncoated paper and paperboardNewsprintCoated paper and paperboardOther speciality paper productsSelf-adhesive and gummed paper and paperboardCreped paper, toilet paper and facial tissue stockUncoated testliner
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing paper and paperboard for further processingManufacturing newsprint, magazine paper and other writing paperCoating, covering and impregnating paper and paperboardManufacturing creped and crinkled paper Manufacturing laminates and foils Manufacturing handmade paperManufacturing carbon paper or stencil paper in rolls or large sheetsManufacturing cellulose wadding and webs of cellulose fibresManufacturing paper liner for plasterboard

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Demand from cardboard packaging and paper bag manufacturing
  • Demand from newspaper printing
  • Business confidence index
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • World price of wood pulp
  • Current Performance
  • Demand folds
  • International markets
  • Marginal improvement
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand declines
  • International markets
  • Steady profit
  • Table: Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing
  • Sanitary Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Stationery Manufacturing
  • Newspaper Printing
  • Printing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
  • Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Waste & Scrap Wholesaling
  • Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
  • Products & Services
  • Uncoated paper and paperboard
  • Coated paper and paperboard
  • Other speciality paper products
  • Newsprint
  • Uncoated testliner
  • Self-adhesive and gummed paper and paperboard
  • Creped paper, toilet paper and facial tissue stock
  • Chart: Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports
  • Paperboard packaging manufacturers
  • Printers and publishers
  • Paper stationery manufacturers
  • Other paper converters (tissues, labels etc.)
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Utilities
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    DS Smith Paper Ltd
    UPM-Kymmene (UK) Ltd
  • Table: DS Smith Paper Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: UPM-Kymmene (UK) Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • Low-cost continuous roll paper made mainly from mechanically ground wood pulp. It is most commonly used in print newspapers and other publications.
  • Paperboard
  • Cardboard produced by compressing layers of paper pulp. Various different grades are available.
  • Wood Pulp
  • Wood fibre that has been chemically or mechanically processed to form pulp. It is primarily used to manufacture paper and paperboard.

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