Tracing Paper Market Research Report - Global Forecast by 2032

Tracing Paper Market Research Report Information By Thickness (Up to 60 GSM, 61 to 80 GSM, 81 to 100 GSM, and above 100 GSM), by Material (Cellulose Fiber, Cotton Fiber, and Recycled Fiber), by Application (Printing, Drawing, Photographic & Cinema Lighting, Embossing, Lamination, and Others (Greeting Cards, Envelopes, etc.), And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest of The World) –Market Forecast Till 2032.

ID: MRFR/PNT/17678-HCR | 128 Pages | Author: Snehal Singh | March 2024         

Global Tracing Paper Market Overview


Tracing Paper Market Size was valued at USD 0.51 Billion in 2022. The Tracing Paper industry is projected to grow from USD 0.52 Billion in 2023 to USD 0.65 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.80% during the forecast period (2023 - 2032).The rising popularity of coding in the field of technical drawing and the increasing need for moisture-resistant and recyclable tracing solutions are expected to be a significant market driver for the Tracing Paper Market.Tracing Paper Market OverviewSource: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Tracing Paper Market Trends



  • Rapid expansion of the construction industry is driving the market growth


Market CAGR for Tracing Paper is driven by the Rapid Expansion of the Construction Industry. Tracing paper, distinguished by its smoother texture and heightened tear-resistant qualities compared to traditional paper, serves various industries, including construction, architectural drawing, digital printing, photography, and lamination and embossing films. Cellulose fiber, a primary component in tracing paper manufacturing, contributes to its recyclability, aligning with sustainability goals. The increasing demand for recyclable tracing paper is anticipated to be a key driver for market growth in the coming years. Moreover, cellulose fiber's moisture-absorbing properties make vellum paper, commonly used in engineering and drawing within the construction and architectural sectors, a preferred choice. The surge in construction and renovation activities is poised to positively impact market growth.


According to data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry employed approximately 7,706 individuals in the country as of July 2022, with nearly 5,701 being production and nonsupervisory employees during the same period. These insights underscore the potential growth opportunities in the tracing paper market, particularly within the context of increased construction activities. As a result, it is anticipated that throughout the projection period, demand for the Tracing Paper Market will increase due to the Rapid Expansion of the Construction Industry. Thus, driving the Tracing Paper Market revenue.


Tracing Paper Market Segment Insights


Tracing Paper Market Thickness Insights


The Tracing Paper Market segmentation, based on Thickness includes Up to 60 GSM, 61 to 80 GSM, 81 to 100 GSM, and above 100 GSM. The 61 to 80 GSM segment dominated the market, accounting for 58% of market revenue (0.29 Billion). This particular thickness range is well-suited for printing and reproduction needs. Its medium weight makes it compatible with a variety of printing techniques, ensuring that printed content maintains clarity and quality.


Figure 1: Tracing Paper Market, by Thickness, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)Tracing Paper Market, by Thickness, 2022 & 2032Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Tracing Paper Market Material Insights


The Tracing Paper Market segmentation, based on Material includes Cellulose Fiber, Cotton Fiber, and Recycled Fiber. The Cellulose Fiber segment dominated the market, accounting for 58% of market revenue. In contrast to conventional plastic packaging, cellulose fibers are biodegradable, breaking down into natural substances and thereby lessening environmental waste. These fibers can undergo composting, not only minimizing waste but also enriching the soil with nutrients beneficial for plant and organic matter growth. Additionally, cellulose fibers, being lighter than traditional materials, contribute to a lowered carbon footprint in transportation and distribution processes.


Tracing Paper Market Application Insights


The Tracing Paper Market segmentation, based on Application includes Printing, Drawing, Photographic & Cinema Lighting, Embossing, Lamination, and Others (Greeting Cards, Envelopes, etc.). The Photographic & Cinema Lighting segment dominated the market, accounting for 60% of market revenue. Widely utilized as a light modifier in the photography and cinema industries, tracing paper serves as a key element for photographers and cinematographers. Its application involves placing tracing paper over light sources to attain a diffused and softened light, a fundamental requirement for tasks such as portrait photography, product shoots, and various cinematic lighting setups. This strategic use of tracing paper enhances the quality and versatility of lighting effects in these business contexts.


Tracing Paper Market Regional Insights


By region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. The anticipated expansion of the Tracing Paper market in North America can be attributed to several key factors. Educational institutions and professional environments in North America commonly depend on tracing paper for instructional and professional needs. In 2022, the United States had a total of 826 public and 454 private 2-year higher education institutions. During the academic year 2022/23, approximately 20.3 million students were enrolled in undergraduate degree programs in the United States. The continued reliance on tracing paper for tasks such as drafting, illustrating, and various design-related activities underscores the consistent demand for this essential tool.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are the US, Canada, Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 2: TRACING PAPER MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022 (USD Billion)TRACING PAPER MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Europe's Tracing Paper Market accounts for the second-largest market share as the rising popularity of do-it-yourself (DIY) culture and craft engagements, wherein tracing paper is frequently employed for creating patterns and templates, is poised to boost consumer demand within the retail sector. Groupe Adeo, headquartered in France, stands as Europe's largest DIY retailer based on turnover, boasting an impressive annual revenue of 21 billion euros. ADEO, another significant player in the DIY sector primarily situated in France, leads as the top DIY group in terms of annual sales. Notably, ADEO has witnessed a consistent year-over-year increase in turnover since 2009, achieving sales of 23.1 billion euros in 2018. Further, the German Tracing Paper Market held the largest market share, and the UK Tracing Paper Market was the fastest-growing market in the European region


The Asia-Pacific Tracing Paper Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032.


As urbanization and infrastructure development rapidly progress in numerous Asia Pacific nations, there is a simultaneous increase in architectural and design undertakings. According to a TOI article, the real estate and architecture industry achieved a substantial value of approximately 1.72 billion dollars (Rs 12,000 crore) in 2019, with an anticipated growth to about 65,000 crores by the year 2040. Predictions indicate that by 2030, India's real estate and architectural sector will witness remarkable growth, expanding from $200 billion in 2021 to a staggering $1 trillion in 2030, constituting nearly 13% of the country's GDP. Tracing paper assumes a pivotal role in the meticulous creation of drawings and plans for these expansive projects. Moreover, China’s Tracing Paper Market held the largest market share, and the Indian Tracing Paper Market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.


Tracing Paper Market Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development to expand their product lines, which will help the Tracing Paper market, grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking a variety of strategic activities to expand their footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, the Tracing Paper industry must offer cost-effective items.


Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics used by manufacturers in the Tracing Paper industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the Tracing Paper industry has offered some of the most significant advantages to the fields of architecture, design, and education. Major players in the Tracing Paper Market, including Koehler Paper Group, Domtar Corporation, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH, Asia Pulp & Paper Ltd., Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd., Oji Papéis Especiais LTDA, Papeles y Conversiones de México, Reflex GmbH & Co. KG, Nekoosa Coated Products LLC are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.


Koehler is a family-owned enterprise that has evolved into a market and quality leader in various specialty paper segments over its eight generations of operation. Headquartered in Oberkirch, Germany, the company has garnered a strong reputation for producing a diverse range of specialty papers, including thermal paper, carbonless paper, decor paper, fine paper, recycled paper, sublimation paper, flexible packaging paper, and products derived from wood pulp board. With a focus on sustainability, Koehler stands out as an established producer of recycled paper and board solutions, utilizing 100% secondary fibers. The company's recycled board, available in a broad spectrum of colors and applications, is favored by globally recognized clients who place trust in Koehler's commitment to delivering high-quality products. Operating from five manufacturing mills in Oberkirch, Kehl, Greiz, Weisenbach, and Willstätt, Koehler serves over 120 nations worldwide. The mills operate continuously, producing specialty paper, decor paper, and carbonless paper. In the fiscal year 2021, Koehler achieved a substantial revenue growth of 22.4%, reaching 941 million Euros. The operating profit also witnessed a notable increase of 13.7%, reaching 76 million Euros compared to the previous year.


Domtar is the foremost integrated producer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and a prominent manufacturer of paper grade, fluff, and air-laid nonwoven materials, Domtar has solidified its position through a strategic focus on pulp and paper since the 1990s. The company's growth trajectory includes significant acquisitions, notably the merger with Weyerhaeuser's fine paper business in 2007, establishing Domtar Corporation as the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated paper in North America and the second-largest globally. In 2020, Domtar expanded its scope into the packaging sector by transforming its Kingsport, Tennessee, paper mill to exclusively produce packaging materials crafted from 100 percent recycled content. Presently, the mill can generate approximately 600,000 tons annually of high-quality, recycled linerboard and corrugated medium. In a transformative development, Paper Excellence Group, a diversified manufacturer specializing in pulp and various paper products, acquired Domtar in November 2021. This acquisition further solidifies Domtar's position within the industry under the umbrella of Paper Excellence Group.


Key companies in the Tracing Paper Market include




  • Koehler Paper Group




  • Domtar Corporation




  • Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH




  • Asia Pulp & Paper Ltd.




  • Pixelle Specialty Solutions




  • Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd.




  • Oji Papéis Especiais LTDA




  • Papeles y Conversiones de México




  • Reflex GmbH & Co. KG




  • Nekoosa Coated Products LLC




Tracing Paper Industry Developments


July 2021: In July 2021, Domtar Corporation disclosed its decision to recommence operations at its paper machine in Ashdown, Arkansas, in response to increasing demand. This move is anticipated to facilitate the company's expansion of production capacity.


April 2021: In April 2021, Pixelle Specialty Solutions declared the acquisition of two specialty paper businesses. The company acquired Rollsource from Veritiv Corporation and the security papers & carbonless rolls business from Appvion Operations Inc. This strategic move is poised to enhance the company's product portfolio.


Tracing Paper Market Segmentation


Tracing Paper Market Thickness Outlook




  • Up to 60 GSM




  • 61 to 80 GSM




  • 81 to 100 GSM




  • Above 100 GSM




Tracing Paper Market Material Outlook




  • Cellulose Fiber




  • Cotton Fiber




  • Recycled Fiber




Tracing Paper Market Application Outlook




  • Printing




  • Drawing




  • Photographic & Cinema Lighting




  • Embossing




  • Lamination




  • Others (Greeting Cards, Envelopes, etc.)




Tracing Paper Market Regional Outlook



  • North America

    • US

    • Canada



  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe



  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific



  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America



Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 0.51 Billion
Market Size 2023 USD 0.52 Billion
Market Size 2032 USD 0.65 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 2.80% (2023-2032)
Base Year 2022
Market Forecast Period 2023-2032
Historical Data 2018- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Type, Application, Industry Vertical, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The US, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Koehler Paper Group, Domtar Corporation, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH, Asia Pulp & Paper Ltd., Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd., Oji Papéis Especiais LTDA, Papeles y Conversiones de México, Reflex GmbH & Co. KG, Nekoosa Coated Products LLC
Key Market Opportunities The rapid expansion of the construction industry
Key Market Dynamics Surging demand for recyclable tracing solutions in numerous applications such as drawing and painting




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Tracing Paper Market size was valued at USD 0.51 Billion in 2022.

The Tracing Paper Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 2.80% during the forecast period, 2023-2032.

North America had the largest share of the market

The key players in the market are Koehler Paper Group, Domtar Corporation, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH, Asia Pulp & Paper Ltd., Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd., Oji Papéis Especiais LTDA, Papeles y Conversiones de México, Reflex GmbH & Co. KG, Nekoosa Coated Products LLC

The 61 to 80 GSM segment dominated the market in 2022.

The Photographic & Cinema Lighting segment had the largest share in the market.

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