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United States Pulp and Paper Market Research Report Information By Category (Wrapping & Packaging, Printing & Writing, Sanitary, News Print, and Others) – United States Market Forecast Till 2032


ID: MRFR/PNT/19157-HCR | 128 Pages | Author: Snehal Singh| June 2024

United States Pulp and Paper Market Overview


United States Pulp and Paper Market Size was valued at USD 60.9 Billion in 2022. The Pulp and Paper industry is projected to grow from USD 61.5 Billion in 2023 to USD 66.6 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.00% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). The surge in demand for paper from both the chemical and industrial processing sectors in developed and developing economies, coupled with increased investment in research and development proficiencies, are the main market drivers anticipated to propel the Pulp and Paper market in the United States.United States Pulp and Paper Market OverviewSource: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


United States Pulp and Paper Market Trends




  • Increasing demand for eco-friendly packaging materials and rapid expansion of online retail are driving the market growth




There are several driving factors behind the increasing demand for green packaging materials on a global scale in recent years. Eco-friendly packaging options, such as paper, emit fewer carbon emissions during production compared to traditional packaging materials, and they also utilize fewer energy-intensive resources. According to the latest sustainable packaging statistics for 2022, a significant portion of consumers in the United States, particularly those under 34, demonstrate a willingness to pay a premium for sustainable products, with 66% of all consumers and 80% of adults in this age group expressing such readiness. Additionally, data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that in 2018, approximately 96.5% of corrugated boxes were recycled out of the total paper and paperboard recycling, amounting to 32.1 million tons out of 33.9 million tons recycled.


The rise of online retailing in the United States is further bolstering the demand for pulp and paper for packaging purposes, driven by the increasing number of smartphone users and widespread internet adoption, which is driving the market CAGR. As of 2023, e-commerce accounted for 22.0% of total retail sales in the United States, representing a continuous upward trend from the previous year. Despite a growth rate of 7.6% in 2023, this increase is a notable deviation from the exceptional surge witnessed during the pandemic, where online sales expanded by 42.8% over 2019, in contrast to a 7.8% growth in total retail sales in 2020. Therefore, the market is expanding due to the Increasing Demand for Eco-Friendly Packaging Material and the rapid expansion of online retail. Thus, driving the Pulp and Paper market revenue.


United States Pulp and Paper Market Segment Insights


Pulp and Paper Category Insights


The United States Pulp and Paper market segmentation, based on Category, includes Wrapping & Packaging, Printing & Writing, Sanitary, News Print, and Others. The wrapping & packaging segment dominated the market mostly. Security issues have been on the rise. Key industries that rely on packaging, including fast-moving consumer goods, food and beverages, and pharmaceuticals, are increasingly adopting sustainable packaging solutions for their products. There has been a notable uptick in demand for paper-based packaging solutions like bags and corrugated boxes in recent years. Paper's recyclability and reusability make it an essential player in mitigating the issue of packaging waste, offering a viable alternative to plastic packaging across various applications. Consequently, the growing emphasis on sustainable solutions is expected to propel the growth of the wrapping and packaging segment in the foreseeable future.


Figure 1: United States Pulp and Paper Market, by Category, 2023 & 2032 (USD Billion)United States Pulp and Paper Market, by Category, 2023 & 2032Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Pulp and Paper Country Insights


In light of mounting environmental concerns, both consumers and manufacturers are increasingly shifting towards sustainable paper packaging options. Advanced paper packaging solutions are poised to drive market growth, given paper's exceptional recyclability and sustainability as a packaging material. A 2022 survey conducted by the Center revealed that nearly 69% of Americans supported efforts for the U.S. to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Additionally, 62% of Democrats expressed considerable concerns about global warming or climate change, in contrast to only 14% of Republicans. Increased environmental apprehensions have led to a rise in the adoption of environmentally friendly paper packaging solutions by both customers and producers. According to McKinsey, approximately 50% of U.S. consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable packaging. Across various end-use sectors, around half of consumers are willing to pay a premium ranging from 1 to 3 percent, 25% are willing to pay 4 to 7 percent more, and roughly 12% are willing to pay a premium of 7 to 10 percent. Moreover, a small percentage of consumers (4 to 7%) are willing to pay a significantly higher premium exceeding 10%. Conversely, 5 to 8% of surveyed consumers across different categories indicated that they were unwilling to pay any price premium for sustainable packaging. Leading companies in the food, cosmetics, and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors are collaborating closely with paper manufacturers to develop innovative paper packaging solutions to meet their sustainability objectives.


Pulp and Paper Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development to expand their product lines, which will help the Pulp and 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 Pulp and Paper industry must offer cost-effective items.


Major players in the Pulp and Paper market are attempting to increase market demand by investing massively to create advanced robots with enhanced capabilities including International Paper (U.S.), Georgia-Pacific Corporation (U.S.), WestRock (U.S.), Packaging Corporation of America (U.S.), Domtar Inc. (U.S.), Graphic Packaging International (U.S.), Verso Corporation (U.S.), Resolute Forest Products (Canada), Sappi Ltd. (U.S.), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (U.S.).


Key Companies in the Pulp and Paper market include




  • International Paper (U.S.)




  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation (U.S.)




  • WestRock (U.S.)




  • Packaging Corporation of America (U.S.)




  • Domtar Inc. (U.S.)




  • Graphic Packaging International (U.S.)




  • Verso Corporation (U.S.)




  • Resolute Forest Products (Canada)




  • Sappi Ltd. (U.S.)




  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation (U.S.)




United States Pulp and Paper Industry Developments


December 2021: International Paper planned to construct a corrugated packaging manufacturing facility in Atglen, Pennsylvania. The company's objective is to expand its industrial packaging presence in the northeastern United States. Construction of the plant is slated to commence in the first quarter of 2022, with full operational status anticipated by the first quarter of 2023.


July 2021: Georgia-Pacific Corporation announced plans to expand its production capacity for curbside recyclable paper padded mailers, responding to the growing demand for environmentally friendly shipping envelopes. The expansion will benefit customers in the Northeast and Southeast regions, including major companies like Amazon. The new manufacturing sites in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, and McDonough, Georgia, will complement the company's existing facility in the Phoenix area, which commenced operations in 2020 and is being expanded with the addition of a third production line.


United States Pulp and Paper Market Segmentation


Pulp and Paper Category Outlook




  • Wrapping & Packaging




  • Printing & Writing




  • Sanitary




  • News Print




  • Others



Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 60.9 Billion
Market Size 2023 USD 61.5 Billion
Market Size 2032 USD 66.6 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 1.00% (2024-2032)
Base Year 2023
Market Forecast Period 2024-2032
Historical Data 2019-2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Category and Region
Countries Covered United States
Key Companies Profiled International Paper (U.S.), Georgia-Pacific Corporation (U.S.), WestRock (U.S.), Packaging Corporation of America (U.S.), Domtar Inc. (U.S.), Graphic Packaging International (U.S.), Verso Corporation (U.S.), Resolute Forest Products (Canada), Sappi Ltd. (U.S.), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (U.S.)
Key Market Opportunities Growing focus on technological advancements and modernization in production techniques 
Key Market Dynamics The rapid penetration of the worldwide e-commerce and retail sector


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The United States Pulp and Paper market size was valued at USD 61.5 Billion in 2023.

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 1.00% during the forecast period, 2024-2032.

The key players in the market are International Paper (U.S.), Georgia-Pacific Corporation (U.S.), WestRock (U.S.), Packaging Corporation of America (U.S.), Domtar Inc. (U.S.), Graphic Packaging International (U.S.), Verso Corporation (U.S.), Resolute Forest Products (Canada), Sappi Ltd. (U.S.), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (U.S.).

The Wrapping & Packaging category dominated the market in 2023.

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