Paper & Paper Products Manufacturing Industry Profile

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Companies in this industry make paper and converted paper products, including paperboard, corrugated and paperboard containers, coated papers, and paper bags. Major companies include Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Kimberly-Clark, Neenah Paper, and WestRock (all based in the US), as well as Domtar (Canada), Oji Holdings (Japan), and Stora Enso (Finland).

According to Statista, the industry produces about 420 million metric tons of paper products globally every year. China has surpassed the US as the world's top paper producer. Other key paper producing and exporting countries include Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea and Sweden, according to Pulp and Paper Technology.

The US paper products manufacturing industry includes about 4,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $190 billion.


Demand is driven by general commercial activity and population growth. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations, as products are sold mainly based on price. Big companies have advantages in distribution and can supply large customers. There are few economies of scale in manufacturing; large and small producers operate the same kinds of plants -- large producers just have more of them. Small companies can compete successfully by making specialty products or serving a small geographical market.

The industry's top 50 paper manufacturers contribute to about 70% of the industry revenue.


Bleached bristols or specialized paper and folding paperboards accounts for majority of industry revenue with more than 20%, each. ...

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