Specialty Paper Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

Report ID: GMI3942

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Specialty Paper Market size is expected to foresee significant growth over the projected timespan owing to rising online shopping sector in developed & emerging economies as these materials are used to store and transport products. In China, over 70% of internet users were reported to shop online in 2018 owing to high customer penetration, increased frequency of discounts & sales, and burgeoning  consumer inclination to try different products. Specialty paper has diverse applications ranging from packaging material, décor papers, carbonless copy paper, and coffee filters owing to its customizable nature and economic feasibility which may specialty paper foster market share.

Increase in real estate construction and changing consumer perceptions towards wallpapers owing to ecofriendly nature and absence of harmful chemicals such as lead, xylene, and benzene in commercial & residential wallpapers may stimulate specialty paper market share. In U.S., the number of households fitted with new wallpapers was over 14 million in 2018 owing to rise in construction and renovation activities. Specialty paper is widely used in manufacturing wallpapers to cover and decorate the interior walls of offices, homes, and other buildings owing to various characteristics such as convenient installation, environmental protection, and color diversity. Specialty paper can be customized with respect to various architectural styles such as victorian, georgian, neoclassical, modern, and  contemporary which may accelerate market share.

Rise in consumption of coffee owing to increase in working population and consumer inclination to try exotic blends may trigger market growth. Specialty paper is widely used in manufacturing coffee filters due to properties such as firm & smooth holding, high strength & dimensional stability, low weight, and heat seal ability. In France, over 4 million filter coffee makers were sold in 2016 owing to rising consumer awareness on potential health benefits of coffee such as decreased risk of depression, alzheimer, and parkinson’s disease. It can be easily disposed making it a cost effective solution for end use in retail, institutional, and household segments.  Coffee filter is a specialized paper which imparts flavor & aroma due to its high air permeability and ability to filter cholesterol concentrated diterpenes which may accelerate market share.

Increasing demand of specialty papers in food industry owing to growing demand and changing consumer perceptions towards fast food consumption may stimulate specialty paper market share. Various types of specialty food grade papers are utilized such as water & oil resistant paper for oxygen absorbing or drying, baking papers to retain moisture & suppleness in products such as cakes, pastries, and croissants. Specialized paper are widely use in seafood industry to package frozen raw produce such as fish, lobsters, and shrimps owing to its water resistant properties which prevent the formation of anaerobic bacteria thus preventing degradation of white meat and foul odor. In Belgium, the market of shelf table fish and seafood was over USD 215 million in 2017 owing to rise in demand for exotic sea produce such as lobsters, clams, sturgeon, salmon, & tuna, and increased awareness on potential benefits of fish protein such as omega 3 . Specialty papers are widely used in protecting and packaging seafood as it inhibits the flow of oxygen, prevents oxidation of meat thus preventing seafood borne infections. Increasing number of fast food restaurants in developing countries may foster market share as specialty paper is used to wrap food preparations like friend chicken, pork, burgers, pizza slices, and pastries owing to oil absorbing characteristics and economic nature which may trigger market growth.

North America specialty paper market size led by U.S., and Canada should witness a significant growth during forecasted period owing to rise in geriatric population and increasing demand for specialty paper in medical industry. Modern healthcare practices require high demand of medical packaging quality products to prevent cross contamination as specialized paper is widely used  in applications which require high microbial barrier properties. In U.S., medicaid healthcare spending was valued at over USD 370 billion in 2018 owing to rise in autoimmune, respiratory,  and cardiovascular diseases. Specialized paper is widely used in sterilizing activities, packaging medical instruments, and disposing medical waste which may accelerate specialty paper market growth.


Europe driven by UK, Germany, Italy, and France specialty paper market size may witness substantiate growth during forecasted period. Rise in automobile industry and stringent regulations by European Union to curb carbon emissions may foster market share. In Germany sales in automobile industry was over USD 475 billion in 2018 owing to rising inclination in millennials to own private vehicles and easy availability of automotive loans. Specialized filter paper inhibits the passage of abrasive organic & inorganic matter entering the engines cylinders and thus prevents contamination with fuel to reduce carbon discharge in form of exhaust fume. Its characteristics such as high filtration efficiency, dust holding capacity, and pore size distribution may fuel specialty paper market growth.

Asia Pacific specialty paper market share led by China, India, and Japan may see significant growth during forecasted period. Increasing air pollutions levels in metropolitan cities and rising consumer awareness on dermatological health may accelerate market share. Specialized paper is widely used in cosmetic industry for manufacturing pore strips and packaging materials. Dust, organic matter, and pollution from automobiles settles on the top layer of skin resulting in problems such as blackheads and clogged pores. Pore strips made from specialized paper are compatible with various natural adhesives and help in extracting blackheads owing to its strength & porous nature which may trigger the market share.

Global specialty paper market share is consolidated as market consist of limited players. Companies such as Stora Enso, Mondi, Domtar, Asia Pulp & Paper, Sappi, International Paper, Nippon Paper Group, and Oji Holdings are key players in this market.

Specialty Paper Market, By Application, 2014-2025 (Tons) (USD Million)

  • Packaging
  • Construction
  • Food
  • Medical & Pharmaceutical
  • Cosmetics
  • Automobiles
  • Others

Specialty Paper Market, By End-Use, 2014-2025 (Tons) (USD Million)

  • Wallpapers
  • Anti-microbial strips
  • Pore strips
  • Food packaging paper
  • Automotive filter paper
  • Others

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

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

Company Profiles:

  • Stora Enso
  • Mondi
  • Domtar
  • Asia Pulp & Paper
  • Sappi
  • International Paper
  • Nippon Paper Group
  • Oji Holdings


What Information does this report contain?

Historical data coverage: 2016 to 2020; Growth Projections: 2021 to 2027.
Expert analysis: industry, governing, innovation and technological trends; factors impacting development; drawbacks, SWOT.
6-7 year performance forecasts: major segments covering applications, top products and geographies.
Competitive landscape reporting: market leaders and important players, competencies and capacities of these companies in terms of production as well as sustainability and prospects.

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