Specialty paper is used in packaging, printing and writing, and building and construction sectors. Their increasing application across diverse sectors can be attributed their moisture resistance, low-weight, waterproofing, cost-effective, and customizable characteristics. According to a Future Market Insights (FMI) report, the market is expected to surpass US$ 14.9 Bn in 2021, at a CAGR of 5.1% between 2021 and 2031. Specialty papers are special grades of paper which are possess of specific characteristics and properties designed for specific end use. The raw material used for specialty paper are pulp (from wood chips, recycled paper, wood pulp, and cotton fiber), which is fed into the paper-making machine; after that, the paper is coated with specialty chemicals for preparing it for a specific use. Specialty paper has emerged as a lucrative segment for the paper industry. From paper currency to coffee filters, décor papers, insulation paper, and carbonless copy paper, they are present in the daily lives of consumers.
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Specialty paper is available as décor paper, kraft paper, thermal paper, and carbonless paper. Of these, its application for décor purposes accounts for maximum sales in the market. Also, specialty paper is non-reactant in nature which is suitable for food and beverage packaging.
In the past few years, specialty paper has gained immense popularity as it provides better aesthetics. The report foresees ample opportunities for manufacturers in the near future due to the rise in usage of the specialty paper in various sectors.
The expansion of the E-commerce industry means a rise in demand for packaging materials to ship products across the world. Specialty paper offers a wide range of packaging solutions to the e-commerce industry and to its logistics partners. Spurred by this, the demand for specialty papers is expected to surge in the near future.
Paper sourced from wood and wood pulp is considered to be environmentally-friendly, in comparison to plastic, which takes a longer period to decompose. Presence of untapped markets can provide lucrative opportunities for market players, especially those extending biodegradable offerings.
Key Takeaways from Specialty Paper Market
- Décor paper is estimated to hold nearly 2/5th value share in the global market in 2021 and expected to expand by 240 bps by 2031 owing to increasing use in building and construction sector.
- Kraft paper demand is expected to grow at 6.5% CAGR during 2021-2031. Increasing demand for sustainable bags and pouches will drive growth in the segment.
- The U.S. will hold the lead in North America, accounting for more than 6 times the value share of Canada in 2021.
- Germany, driven by the presence of leading market players will account for more than 22% of the Europe market will hold the lead in 2021.
- Strong growth in the automotive and construction sectors will drive the China market, which is expected to account for more than 71% of the East Asia market value share by 2031.
“Specialty papers sales are surging on the back of rising application in the packaging industry. Focus on offering attractive packaging without hampering product quality will fuel demand for specialty papers. Their application also is expected to surge as a non-reactant material,” said a FMI analyst.
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Impact of COVID-19 on the Specialty Paper Market
The specialty paper market has been negatively impacted as sales slumped amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be attributed to restrictions imposed on operation and production activity in various end-use industries which directly affected market growth.
Disruptions in logistics and supply chains hampered market growth. The building and construction sector was also impacted by COVID-19 which contributed to the adverse impact on specialty paper.
Since the beginning of 2021, players operating in specialty paper market have tried to push sales by increasing production capacity while offering innovative products. Overall, the market for specialty paper is expected to rise at a faster pace during the latter part of 2021.
Who is Winning?
Tier 3 players in the specialty papers market hold 60-70% of the global value share. Global leaders in turn contribute to around 30-40% of the global market.
- International Paper Co.,
- Oji Holdings Corp., and
- UPM-Kymmene Oyj
are the top players operating in the specialty paper market.
- Stora Enso Oyj,
- Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd, and
- Mondi plc.
are some of the leading players in the specialty paper market.
More Valuable Insights into Specialty Paper Market Report
Future Market Insights, in its new report, offers an unbiased analysis of the global specialty paper market, analyzing historical demand from 2015-2020 and forecast statistics for 2021-2031. The study reveals growth projections on the specialty paper market based on product type (décor, thermal, carbonless, kraft, and other types) and end-use application (printing & writing, packaging, building & construction, industrial, and other commercial end-use) across seven regions.
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