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Molded Fiber Packaging Market - By Material Type (Recycled Paper Pulp, Virgin Paper Pulp, Mixed Pulp), By Product Type (Trays, Containers, Clamshells, Bowls, Plates, Egg Cartons, Cup Carriers), By Packaging Application, By End-use & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI6763
  • Published Date: Sep 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Molded Fiber Packaging Market Size

Molded Fiber Packaging Market size was valued at around USD 7.04 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% between 2023 and 2032. Growing awareness of environmental issues and the desire to reduce plastic waste have led to increased demand for sustainable packaging materials like molded fiber. It is compostable, biodegradable, and often made from recycled materials.  

Molded Fiber Packaging Market

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Government regulations and consumer-driven initiatives to reduce single-use plastics have prompted businesses to seek eco-friendly alternatives, with molded fiber packaging being a preferred choice. The rise of e-commerce and online shopping has driven the need for protective and sustainable packaging solutions.

The initial investment in molding equipment and tooling can be significant. Manufacturers must balance this with competitive pricing to remain cost-effective.  The availability and quality of raw materials, such as recycled paper or agricultural waste, can fluctuate, affecting production costs and consistency. Creating complex molded fiber shapes or designs can be challenging, impacting production efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Thus, the risks associated with molded fiber packaging may drive down the acceptance rate, further hampering the business growth.

COVID-19 Impact

With the increased demand for online shopping during lockdowns and social distancing measures, there was a surge in demand for protective and sustainable packaging, including molded fiber packaging, for shipping products. Thus, the reduced number of COVID-19 cases and implementation of subsequent strategies by government and non-government organizations is anticipated to drive the business expansion in the upcoming years.

Molded Fiber Packaging Market Trends

Sustainability remains a dominant trend, with a focus on reducing single-use plastics. Molded fiber packaging is highly favored for its eco-friendly properties, including biodegradability and compostability. The adoption of circular economy principles, which promote the reuse, recycling, and composting of materials, has led to increased interest in molded fiber packaging as it aligns with these principles.

Molded Fiber Packaging Market Analysis

Molded Fiber Packaging Market Size, By Material Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on material type, the molded fiber packaging market is segmented as recycled paper pulp, virgin paper pulp, mixed pulp. Recycled Paper Pulp held a majority market value of USD 3280.6 million in 2022. Growing environmental awareness and the demand for eco-friendly packaging solutions drive the use of recycled paperboard in molded fiber packaging.

Molded Fiber Packaging Market Revenue Share, By Application, (2022)

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Based on product type, the molded fiber packaging market is segmented as trays, containers, clamshells, bowls, plates, egg cartons, cup carriers, others. Trays held a dominant market share of around 30% in 2022. The food industry demands molded fiber trays for applications such as meat, poultry, fruit, and egg packaging due to their excellent moisture absorption, ventilation, and protective properties.

Based on packaging application, the molded fiber packaging market is segmented as protective packaging, food service packaging, electronics packaging, cosmetic and personal care packaging, agricultural packaging. Protective Packaging held a dominant market share in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at 4.5% CAGR till 2032. Electronics manufacturers require packaging materials with anti-static properties to protect sensitive electronic components during transportation and storage.

Based on end-use, the molded fiber packaging market is segmented as Food and Beverage, Electronics, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Industrial Packaging, E-commerce and Retail, Agriculture, Others. Food and Beverage held a dominant market share in 2022. The food industry is increasingly focused on sustainable packaging to meet consumer preferences and regulatory requirements, driving the use of molded fiber.

 U.S. Molded Fiber Market Revenue, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

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U.S. dominated the North American region with majority market share and a revenue of USD 1015.4 million in 2022. Many North American companies are committed to reducing plastic usage and finding alternatives like molded fiber to align with their sustainability goals.

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Some of the major industry players operating in the Molded fiber packaging market are

  • Huhtamaki Oyj
  • UFP Technologies, Inc.
  • Brødrene Hartmann A/S
  • Pactiv LLC
  •  Henry Molded Products, Inc.
  •  Fabri-Kal Corporation
  •  Earthly 4Molded Solutions
  •  FiberPak, Inc.
  • Genpak
  • LLC
  • Keiding, Inc.
  • Pacific Pulp Molding
  • ProPak Corporation 

These players focus on strategic partnerships, new product launch & commercialization for market expansion. Furthermore, these players are heavily investing in research that allows them to introduce innovative products and garner maximum revenue in the market.

Molded Fiber Packaging Industry News:

  • In 2022 Huhtamaki Oyj invested in the sustainable packaging fund run by Emerald Technology Ventures AG, which focuses on cuttingedge sustainable packaging technologies.
  • In 2022, Sonoco Products Company stated that it acquired the remaining one-third stake from private investors in the joint venture, Sonoco do Brasil Participacoes, Ltda, which produces flexible packaging in Brazil.

Molded fiber packaging market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million & Kilo Tons from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Material Type

  • Recycled Paper Pulp
  • Virgin Paper Pulp
  • Mixed Pulp

By Product Type

  • Trays
  • Containers
  • Clamshells
  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Egg Cartons
  • Cup Carriers
  • Others

By Packaging Application

  • Protective Packaging
  • Food Service Packaging
  • Electronics Packaging
  • Cosmetic and Personal Care Packaging
  • Agricultural Packaging

By End-use

  • Food and Beverage
  • Electronics
  • Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer Goods
  • Industrial Packaging
  • E-commerce and Retail
  • Agriculture
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Egypt


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Market size for molded fiber packaging was USD 7040 million in 2022 and may reach USD 10,989 million by the end of 2032 due to the rising awareness of environmental issues and the strong desire to reduce plastic waste worldwide.

Molded fiber packaging from the recycled paper pulp material type segment reached USD 3280.6 million in 2022 driven by the surging environmental awareness and higher demand for eco-friendly packaging solutions.

Molded fiber packaging market size from the protective packaging application segment is anticipated to grow at 4.5% CAGR from 2023-2032 owing to the surging need to protect sensitive electronic components during transportation and storage.

U.S. industry size for molded fiber packaging was USD 1015.4 million in 2022 and may expand at significant pace from 2023-2032 due to the rising commitment for reducing plastic usage and finding alternatives in the country.

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