Molded Pulp Packaging Market Size By Product (Trays, Cups, Clamshells, Plates, Splitters), By Type (Rotary Molding Pulp, Fiber Thermoforming/Wet Press, Industrial Molding Pulp/Dry Press), By Industry (Eggs, Agriculture, Food & Food Service, Electronics, Appliances, Other Industrial), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

Published Date: Apr 2020  |  Report ID: GMI4645  |  Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Hemant Pandey

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 485   |   Base Year: 2019

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Molded Pulp Packaging Market size was USD 3.4 billion in 2019 and will grow at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2020 to 2026. Growing egg production and consumption across the globe anticipated to drive the market over the forecast period.

Molded Pulp Packaging Market Statistics

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Molded pulp packaging offers versatility and is a formidable material for a variety of products ranging from fragile eggs to sturdy mechanical parts. It is produced by utilizing recycled wood and non-wood materials, such as paper board, newsprints, etc. Molded pulp business is impervious to the highs and lows of the plastic market owing to fluctuations in oil prices. These trends will cumulatively play a significant role in the molded pulp packaging market growth over the forecast period.

As the world continues to urbanize, the demand for packaging is likely to grow rapidly with a consequent need to develop an efficient recycling system. Furthermore, increasing environmental regulations in North America & Europe are likely boost the molded pulp packaging market share over the forecast period.

These increasing environmental regulations are expected to boost the demand for molded pulp packaging market in coming years as it is produced from recycled materials and is degradable. In recent decades, the growing environmental concerns regarding plastic usage across the globe have resulted in the growing use of molded pulp, replacing plastic as a packaging material.

Some of the other factors related to the rising use of molded pulp in packaging & protection of product are the upgraded molding technologies, processes & equipment, & the overall standard of global industry; improved infrastructure of the recycling material and increased consumer & customer awareness regarding the use of plastic.

Trays is the most lucrative segment in molded pulp packaging market

Molded Pulp Packaging Market by Product

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Wooden and other renewable material pulps are molded for various products such as trays, cups, clamshells, splitters, and plates. Molded pulp trays that are utilized for packaging are the most common kind and accounted for 80% of total product demand in 2019. With the greater significance of eggs in the diet all over the world, trays are expected to continually hold their share in the molded pulp packaging market over the forecast period.

Other than trays, clamshells are also growing in demand on account of the mounting demand for packaged foods. Increasing disposable income in emerging economies has resulted in the changing consumer lifestyle, which has resulted in the increased demand for clamshells for packing & storing homemade or processed fast foods. A similar trend is observed in the case of plates, splitters, and cups, which is expected to grow over the forecast period.

Molded Pulp Packaging Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year:2019Historical Data for:2016 to 2019
Market Size in 2019:3.4 Billion (USD)Forecast Period:2019 to 2026
Forecast Period 2019 to 2026 CAGR:4.5%No. of Pages:485
2026 Value Projection:4.3 Billion (USD) Tables, Charts & Figures:572
Geographies covered (22):U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE
Segments covered:By Product (Trays, Cups, Clamshells, Plates, Splitters), By Type (Rotary Molding Pulp, Fiber Thermoforming/Wet Press, Industrial Molding Pulp/Dry Press), By Industry (Eggs, Agriculture, Food & Food Service, Electronics, Appliances, Others Industrial)
Growth Drivers:
  • Rapidly growing poultry industry
  • Increasing agricultural output
  • Positive regulatory environment
  • Strong product demand form food & beverages industry
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Threat from alternative

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Rotary molding pulp dominates among all existing product types in the market

Molded Pulp Packaging Market by Type

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Molded pulps are manufactured through varied complex designs using recycled materials. Manufacturing is relatively harder, and complex compared to plastic and metal molding, depending on the nature of the recycled paper & wood. Hence, molded pulps are classified based on types by manufacturing process utilized in the production.

Rotary molding pulps are made using a rotary molding process, which involves a mold filled with pulp that is heated, rotated, and cooled down to produce the necessary shapes. Molded pulp packaging market demand is expected to grow with CAGR over 4.5% during the forecast timespan.

Two of the other common types are made using fiber thermoforming/wet press and industrial molding pulp/dry press. The wet press type of molded pulp utilizes a high-quality paper as raw material. The final mold has a greater smoothness and showcases larger strength. Dry pressed type may adopt leftover materials of paper cartons as raw material. Dry press-molded pulps involve pressing after sun drying, making it a slow process.

Eggs as the major end user projected to drive the global market

Molded Pulp Packaging Market by Industry

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In recent years, eggs and food & food services were the largest consumers of molded pulp products such as trays, clamshells. Molded pulp demand for eggs is forecast to grow with a CAGR around 4.5% over the projected timespan. However, COVID-19 outbreak expected to hamper the molded pulp packaging market growth in 2020 at very large extent. Major egg producing countries such as China, the U.S., India and Japan are major victims of COVID-19 outbreak. Poultry industry in these regions is likely to experience decrease in production compared to the 2019.

Food & food services were another major industry which shall exhibit healthy demand growth over the forecast period. increasing disposable income and changing eating habits shall fuel the molded pulp packaging market value in next few years. Increasing demand for fast food in Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa anticipated to boost the molded pulp trays, plates and cups demand over the forecast period.

Asia Pacific is the largest region for molded pulp packaging market

Molded Pulp Packaging Market by Region

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Asia Pacific was the largest region in 2019 and expected to grow with CAGR over 4.5% during the forecast period. High egg production coupled with rapidly growing food & food services sector in the region shall have positive impact on the molded pulp packaging market over next few years. China is the largest producer of eggs in the world.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), egg production in the country in 2016 was 31 million tons. Poultry industry in the country has been growing over 8% CAGR from past several years. Growing urban population and increasing per capita egg consumption may boost the molded pulp packaging market during the forecast period.

Companies are focusing on merger & acquisition strategy to increase market share

Various companies operating in the molded pulp packaging industry have been practicing mergers and acquisition strategy to expand their product portfolio as well as customer base. For instance, In November 2019, Sonoco announced the acquisition of Thermoform Engineered Quality, LLC. (TEQ). This acquisition will significantly expand the company’s current offerings in molded pulp products. Other prominent companies working in the industry includes Storo Enso, UFP Technologies, Molpack Corporation, DS Smith and Huhtamaki.

Molded Pulp Packaging market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Kilo Tons and revenue in USD million from 2016 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Product

  • Trays
  • Cups
  • Clamshells
  • Plates
  • Splitters
  • Others

By Type

  • Rotary Molding
  • Fiber Thermoforming/Wet Press
  • Industrial Molding Pulp/Dry Press

By Industry

  • Eggs
  • Agriculture
  • Food & Food Services
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Other Industrial
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Colombia
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • U.A.E.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The registered value for molded pulp packaging market was USD 3.4 billion in 2019.
molded pulp packaging market size is expected to grow at a crcr of 4.5% over the forecast period.
According to the report published by Global Market Insights Inc., the molded pulp packaging business is supposed to attain $4.3 billion by 2026.
Rapidly growing poultry industry, increasing agricultural output, positive regulatory environment and strong product demand fom food & beverages industry are major factors expected to drive the growth of global market.
Smurfit Kappa, UFP Technologies, Sonoco Products Company, Pacific Pulp Molding, Inc., Western Pulp Products Company, Alta Global, Inc., Huhtamaki Group, DS Smith, CMPC, Austin Foam Plastics, Inc. (AFP), YFY Jupiter, Enviropak are some of the top contributors in the industry.
The trays segment registered a major share in 2019 and is projected to record a remarkable growth rate throughout the forecast period.

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  • Published Date: Apr 2020
  • Pages: 485
  • Tables: 548
  • Charts / Figures: 24
  • Companies covered: 18
  • Countries covered: 22

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