Corrugated Box Market by End-user and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2021-2025

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The corrugated box market share is expected to increase by 798.44 billion sq ft from 2020 to 2025, and the market’s growth momentum will accelerate at a CAGR of 6.23%.

This corrugated box market research report provides valuable insights on the post COVID-19 impact on the market, which will help companies evaluate their business approaches. Furthermore, this report extensively covers corrugated box market segmentations by end-user (food and beverage, non-durable products, and durable and other products) and geography (APAC, North America, Europe, South America, and MEA). The corrugated box market report also offers information on several market vendors, including Amcor Plc, BillerudKorsnas AB, DS Smith Plc, Georgia-Pacific LLC, International Paper Co., Mondi Group, Orora Packaging Australia Pty Ltd., Packaging Corp. of America, Smurfit Kappa Group Plc, and WestRock Co. among others.

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Corrugated Box Market: Key Drivers, Trends, and Challenges

Based on our research output, there has been a positive impact on the market growth during and post COVID-19 era. The expansion of online retail market is notably driving the corrugated box market growth, although factors such as possibility of contamination of non-durable products may impede market growth. Our research analysts have studied the historical data and deduced the key market drivers and the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the corrugated box industry. The holistic analysis of the drivers will help in deducing end goals and refining marketing strategies to gain a competitive edge.

Key Corrugated Box Market Driver

One of the key factors driving the corrugated box market growth is the expansion of online retail market. The growing e-commerce market, which involves online shopping, has observed an escalation in demand for corrugated boxes for the shipment of commodities sold. The convenience factor of online shopping has encouraged many individuals to switch to it from the conventional method of shopping. Online retailers use various types of corrugated boxes and containers based on the type of products being transported. These boxes ensure the safety of the products. In addition, effective packaging is becoming one of the key business requirements in the e-commerce marketplace, therefore, fueling the growth of the market. The e-commerce markets in North America and Western Europe are saturated and growing moderately. On the other hand, the e-commerce markets in APAC, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Western Europe, and MEA will also grow during the forecast period and attract many new players. E-commerce is one of the most important determinants that will have a great impact on the packaging market and even on the economy of different countries, especially in developing countries.

Key Corrugated Box Market Trend

Another key factor driving the corrugated box market growth is the increased popularity of smart packaging. Smart packaging will help vendors in gaining value-added growth. The potential of packaging intelligence in improving consumer sales via packaging differentiation by printing techniques, different types and sizes, convenience, and visual features is unexplored. Another smart opportunity is to strengthen supply chain management and customer logistics by innovating in radiofrequency devices, digital (barcode) reader technologies, temperature and humidity devices, and creating custom-sized packaging. The above trends have an impact on the use of corrugated packaging, which is now growing from its basic functions of transporting and protecting to creating a larger share of business value. Corrugated packaging companies make strategic choices based on these developments. A few vendors seek expansion in fresh produce packaging, while others consider an additional market in applications such as RRP. DS Smith, one of the European leaders in packaging, is actively increasing its display packaging activities by acquiring companies specialized in printing and displays technologies and by investing in a new display packaging plant with the latest finishing and printing technologies.

Key Corrugated Box Market Challenge

Possibility of contamination of non-durable products is one of the key challenges hindering the corrugated box market growth. Corrugated boxes are completely recyclable and biodegradable. However, the only drawback is, it is not wax coated like containerboard packaging. This leads to the spoilage of nondurable products. Moreover, when corrugated boxes are stored for a long time in warehouses, the height and stability of products inside these encasing rely on the edge compression strength of the box. When these boxes are exposed to the changing humidity level, the strength of boxes gets affected. This finally leads to the damage of the product. Processed food and ready-to-eat products are victims of this spoilage. The cost of this damage is subsequently transferred to the end-user. A lot of innovations are under process to overcome this drawback. Georgia-Pacific is one of the leading vendors in the global corrugated box market. The company launched a moisture-resistant substitute for wax coating in corrugated boxes called the Greenshield that is completely recyclable. Water-soluble adhesives are added to enhance the recyclability of corrugated boxes.

This corrugated box market analysis report also provides detailed information on other upcoming trends and challenges that will have a far-reaching effect on the market growth. The actionable insights on the trends and challenges will help companies evaluate and develop growth strategies for 2021-2025.

Parent Market Analysis

Technavio categorizes the global corrugated box markett as a part of the global paper packaging market. Our research report has extensively covered external factors influencing the parent market growth potential in the coming years, which will determine the levels of growth of the corrugated box market during the forecast period.

Who are the Major Corrugated Box Market Vendors?

The report analyzes the market’s competitive landscape and offers information on several market vendors, including:


  • Amcor Plc
  • BillerudKorsnas AB
  • DS Smith Plc
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • International Paper Co.
  • Mondi Group
  • Orora Packaging Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Packaging Corp. of America
  • Smurfit Kappa Group Plc
  • WestRock Co.


This statistical study of the corrugated box market encompasses successful business strategies deployed by the key vendors. The corrugated box market is fragmented and the vendors are deploying growth strategies such as organic and inorganic strategies to compete in the market.

Product Insights and News

  • Amcor Plc - The company offers corrugated box that are available in different print effects and reliable packaging formats with its smart and connected solutions.
  • Amcor Plc - In June 2021, the company launched ACT2100, an enhanced heat seal coating healthcare packaging solution that offers enhanced seal strength for robust package integrity through distribution.

To make the most of the opportunities and recover from post COVID-19 impact, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

The corrugated box market forecast report offers in-depth insights into key vendor profiles. The profiles include information on the production, sustainability, and prospects of the leading companies.

Corrugated Box Market Value Chain Analysis

Our report provides extensive information on the value chain analysis for the corrugated box market, which vendors can leverage to gain a competitive advantage during the forecast period. The end-to-end understanding of the value chain is essential in profit margin optimization and evaluation of business strategies. The data available in our value chain analysis segment can help vendors drive costs and enhance customer services during the forecast period.

The report has further elucidated on other innovative approaches being followed by manufacturers to ensure a sustainable market presence.

Which are the Key Regions for Corrugated Box Market?

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61% of the market’s growth will originate from APAC during the forecast period. China, Japan, and India are the key markets for corrugated box market in APAC. Market growth in this region will be faster than the growth of the market in other regions.

India and China are the major drivers for the growth of the market in APAC. Rapid urbanization, rising consumption levels, increasing disposable income, and economic growth above that of the world average are some of the major factors that have contributed to the growth of the packaging market in the region over the forecast period. This market research report entails detailed information on the competitive intelligence, marketing gaps, and regional opportunities in store for vendors, which will assist in creating efficient business plans.

COVID Impact and Recovery Analysis

In 2020, the industrial activity in the region was adversely affected, owing to the outbreak of COVID-19. As of August 19, 2021, India recorded over 32.3 million COVID-19 cases and 433,063 associated deaths.  Stringent lockdowns and social distancing regulations in 2020 led many business owners to shut down their facilities temporarily. The pandemic severely impacted the production of packaging solutions across many manufacturing industries. The crisis affected the capital spending by companies and their budgets for the sourcing of raw materials and products such as packaging solutions, which, in turn, affected the corrugated box market. However, as the pandemic receded in 2021, the recovery of the industrial sector picked up pace in 2021. In the first half of 2021, production, manufacturing, and business activities resumed, owing to the initiation of vaccination drives in the region. Thus, the corrugated box market is expected to foresee positive growth during the forecast period. 

What are the Revenue-generating End-user Segments in the Corrugated Box Market?

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The corrugated box market share growth by the food and beverage will be significant during the forecast period. The growing demand for processed food and ready-to-eat products has surged the packaging requirement for food products, thereby, driving the demand for corrugated boxes. Food and beverage products will cover more than 50% of the global corrugated box market in 2020. In addition, food and beverage manufacturers are using corrugated display boxes as an effective marketing tool to advertise their products.

Besides the above-mentioned factors, the post COVID-19 impact has brought forth a slowdown in or fast tracked the demand for the service or product. This report provides an accurate prediction of the contribution of all the segments to the growth of the corrugated box market size and actionable market insights on post COVID-19 impact on each segment.


Corrugated Box Market Scope

Report Coverage


Page number


Base year


Forecast period


Growth momentum & CAGR

Accelerate at a CAGR of 6.23%

Market growth 2021-2025

798.44 bn sq ft

Market structure


YoY growth (%)


Regional analysis

APAC, North America, Europe, South America, and MEA

Performing market contribution

APAC at 61%

Key consumer countries

China, US, Japan, Germany, and India

Competitive landscape

Leading companies, Competitive strategies, Consumer engagement scope

Key companies profiled

Amcor Plc, BillerudKorsnas AB, DS Smith Plc, Georgia-Pacific LLC, International Paper Co., Mondi Group, Orora Packaging Australia Pty Ltd., Packaging Corp. of America, Smurfit Kappa Group Plc, and WestRock Co.

Market dynamics

Parent market analysis, Market growth inducers and obstacles, Fast-growing and slow-growing segment analysis, COVID 19 impact and recovery analysis and future consumer dynamics, Market condition analysis for forecast period

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What are the Key Data Covered in this Corrugated Box Market Report?

  • CAGR of the market during the forecast period 2021-2025
  • Detailed information on factors that will drive corrugated box market growth during the next five years
  • Precise estimation of the corrugated box market size and its contribution to the parent market
  • Accurate predictions on upcoming trends and changes in consumer behavior
  • The growth of the corrugated box industry across APAC, North America, Europe, South America, and MEA
  • A thorough analysis of the market’s competitive landscape and detailed information on vendors
  • Comprehensive details of factors that will challenge the growth of corrugated box market vendors

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1 Executive Summary

  • 1.1 Market ecosystem
    • 1.2 Value chain analysis

      2 Market Sizing

      • 2.1 Market definition
        • 2.2 Market segment analysis
          • 2.3 Market size 2020
            • 2.4 Market outlook: Forecast for 2020 - 2025

              3 Five Forces Analysis

              • 3.1 Five forces analysis
                • 3.2 Bargaining power of buyers
                  • 3.3 Bargaining power of suppliers
                    • 3.4 Threat of new entrants
                      • 3.5 Threat of substitutes
                        • 3.6 Threat of rivalry
                          • 3.7 Market condition

                            4 Market Segmentation by End-user

                            • 4.1 Market segments
                              • 4.2 Comparison by End-user
                                • 4.3 Food and beverage - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
                                  • 4.4 Non-durable products - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
                                    • 4.5 Durable and other products - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
                                      • 4.6 Market opportunity by End-user

                                        5 Customer landscape

                                        6 Geographic Landscape

                                        • 6.1 Geographic segmentation
                                          • 6.2 Geographic comparison
                                            • 6.3 APAC - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
                                              • 6.4 North America - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
                                                • 6.5 Europe - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
                                                  • 6.6 South America - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
                                                    • 6.7 MEA - Market size and forecast 2020-2025
                                                      • 6.8 Key leading countries
                                                        • 6.9 Market opportunity by geography

                                                          7 Drivers, Challenges, and Trends

                                                          • 7.1 Market drivers
                                                            • 7.2 Market challenges
                                                              • 7.3 Market trends

                                                                8 Vendor Landscape

                                                                • 8.1 Overview
                                                                  • 8.2 Landscape disruption

                                                                    9 Vendor Analysis

                                                                    • 9.1 Vendors covered
                                                                      • 9.2 Market positioning of vendors
                                                                        • 9.3 Amcor Plc
                                                                          • 9.4 BillerudKorsnas AB
                                                                            • 9.5 DS Smith Plc
                                                                              • 9.6 Georgia-Pacific LLC
                                                                                • 9.7 International Paper Co.
                                                                                  • 9.8 Mondi Group
                                                                                    • 9.9 Orora Packaging Australia Pty Ltd.
                                                                                      • 9.10 Packaging Corp. of America
                                                                                        • 9.11 Smurfit Kappa Group Plc
                                                                                          • 9.12 WestRock Co.

                                                                                            10 Appendix

                                                                                            • 10.1 Scope of the report
                                                                                              • 10.2 Currency conversion rates for US$
                                                                                                • 10.3 Research methodology
                                                                                                  • 10.4 List of abbreviations
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 43: Vendors covered
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 44: Market positioning of vendors
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 45: Amcor Plc - Overview
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 46: Amcor Plc - Business segments
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 47: Amcor plc - Key news
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 48: Amcor Plc - Key offerings
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 49: Amcor Plc - Segment focus
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 50: BillerudKorsnas AB - Overview
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 51: BillerudKorsnas AB - Business segments
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 52: BillerudKorsnas AB - Key news
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 53: BillerudKorsnas AB - Key offerings
                                                                                                    • Exhibit 54: BillerudKorsnas AB - Segment focus

                                                                                                  Research Framework

                                                                                                  Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.

                                                                                                  TechnavioINFORMATION SOURCES

                                                                                                  Primary sources

                                                                                                  • Manufacturers and suppliers
                                                                                                  • Channel partners
                                                                                                  • Industry experts
                                                                                                  • Strategic decision makers

                                                                                                  Secondary sources

                                                                                                  • Industry journals and periodicals
                                                                                                  • Government data
                                                                                                  • Financial reports of key industry players
                                                                                                  • Historical data
                                                                                                  • Press releases

                                                                                                  TechnavioDATA ANALYSIS

                                                                                                  Data Synthesis

                                                                                                  • Collation of data
                                                                                                  • Estimation of key figures
                                                                                                  • Analysis of derived insights

                                                                                                  Data Validation

                                                                                                  • Triangulation with data models
                                                                                                  • Reference against proprietary databases
                                                                                                  • Corroboration with industry experts

                                                                                                  TechnavioREPORT WRITING


                                                                                                  • Market drivers
                                                                                                  • Market challenges
                                                                                                  • Market trends
                                                                                                  • Five forces analysis


                                                                                                  • Market size and forecast
                                                                                                  • Market segmentation
                                                                                                  • Geographical insights
                                                                                                  • Competitive landscape
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                                                                                                  The corrugated box market growth will increase by $798.44 billion sq ft during 2021-2025.
                                                                                                  The corrugated box market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.23% during 2021-2025.
                                                                                                  Technavio has segmented the corrugated box market by end user (Food and beverage, Non durable products, and Durable and other products) and geographic (APAC, North America, Europe, South America, and MEA).
                                                                                                  Amcor Plc, BillerudKorsnas AB, DS Smith Plc, Georgia-Pacific LLC, International Paper Co., Mondi Group, Orora Packaging Australia Pty Ltd., Packaging Corp. of America, Smurfit Kappa Group Plc, WestRock Co. are a few of the key vendors in the corrugated box market.
                                                                                                  APAC will register the highest growth rate of 61.08% among the other regions. Therefore, the corrugated box market in APAC is expected to garner significant business opportunities for the vendors during the forecast period.
                                                                                                  • China
                                                                                                  • US
                                                                                                  • Japan
                                                                                                  • Germany
                                                                                                  • India
                                                                                                  The key factors driving the corrugated box market growth are:
                                                                                                  • Expansion of online retail market
                                                                                                  The corrugated box market vendors should focus on grabbing business opportunities from the food and beverage segment as it accounted for the largest market share in the base year.
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