Corrugated cases are a type of packaging materials that are made of paper. A corrugated case is made up of two basic components; linerboard and fluting. Both the components are made up of a specific type of heavy paper known as containerboard. Corrugated cases can be of many types based on the material to be packed. With slight modifications corrugated cases can be used to pack a wide range of materials such as foods, beverages, chemicals, machines, equipment and tools among many others.
Corrugated cases are expected to be the fastest growing type of packaging materials due to increasing trade activities across the globe. Corrugated cases are primarily used in packaging as they offer a highly durable and light weight solution along with being reusable and recyclable. Additionally, corrugated cases are being increasingly used in retail packaging due to advancement in design innovation. Customers are partnering with the corrugated case manufacturers across the globe to help design better tailored packaging solution.
Corrugated cases can be of many types based on the strength of the corrugated case and thickness of the wall. The market can be segmented into four basic types as single face, single wall, double wall and triple wall. Single face corrugated cases contain one linerboard glued to one fluting and is rarely used for shipping purposes. Single wall corrugated case is made up of two linerboards glued to a fluting. This is the most common type of corrugated case visible in the market. Double wall corrugated cases are constituted of two layers of fluting and three layers of linerboard. This type of cases is generally used for long haul shipping and heavy materials or fragile materials. Triple wall corrugated cases have three layers of fluting in between four layers of linerboards for added strength and shock absorption. This structure is typically employed for pallet size corrugated cases. Cases can also be classified on the basis of their design for specific uses. These include regular slotted cases, half slotted cases (with or without display) and other customized designs.
Asia Pacific is expected to be the largest market owing to high volume of trading activities. The market is witnessing major growth in China, Japan, India, Australia and other South East Asian countries attributed to high volumes of imports and exports to these countries. Asia Pacific is also the largest producer of corrugated cases and exports to the mature economies of North America and Europe. This trend is expected to continue over the forecast period between 2013 and 2019. The mature markets of Europe and North America are expected to grow slow as compared to Asia Pacific and RoW. Europe is the second largest market followed by North America and Rest of the World The markets in other emerging countries such as Brazil, Argentina and South Africa are showing positive growth and are expected to climb higher over the forecast period between 2013 and 2019 supported by rising trade activities.
The market is dominated by few global organized players with China producing the largest volume. Some of the key players in the corrugated cases market include Cartocor S.A., Cheng Loong Group, DS Smith Plc, Georgia-Pacific, Global Packaging Group Corp., International Paper, Packaging Corporation of America and Pratt Industries among others.
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