- The specialty papers market in 2023 is estimated at 26.5 million tonnes, growing to 29.5 million tonnes by 2028
- This represents a compound annual growth rate of 2.1%
- Flexible packaging, printing and release liners account for 52% of the 3 million tonnes of growth.
Specialty papers are manufactured to have specific properties required by the end user and/or are converted for a specific use by an operation such as coating, lamination, or addition of an adhesive.
These papers play a significant role in packaging (e.g., in contact with food), specialty printing (e.g., thermal paper for printing of receipts), and industrial use (e.g., battery separator paper). Often, specialty papers are produced in small volumes for niche markets and, due to these small volumes, are manufactured on narrow paper machines that have the flexibility to make frequent grade changes, but this is not always the case.
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What will you discover?
- In-depth review of the key drivers affecting the specialty papers industry, including the impact of sustainability, e-commerce and shipping, customisation and personalisation, opportunities from luxury and premium packaging, and changes in the food and beverage industry
- Analysis of the ways in which the specialty paper industry is benefiting from the technology advancements that are enabling new levels of productivity, quality, and innovation in paper production and processing.
The Smithers methodology
- The historic, current, and future demand worldwide for 43 categories of specialty papers
- The consumer and industrial segments that have the most positive outlook, including where sustainability will allow specialty paper grades to displace plastics or other less recyclable materials
- The leading technical challenges and opportunities in specialty papers, including the availability of superior performance coatings, and the impact of packaging recyclability regulations.
This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of targeted interviews with material suppliers, converters and experts drawn from key markets. This was supported by secondary research in the form of extensive literature analysis of published data, official government statistics, domestic and international trade organisation data, company websites, industry reports, trade press articles, presentations, and attendance at trade events.
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About the author
- Converters of specialty papers
- Users of specialty papers
- Paper producers
- Suppliers of raw materials
Juan Rodriguez has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and analysis in the forest and paper industry, working for leading companies Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark and Neenah (now Mativ). Juan is an industrial engineer who has leveraged his technical background to optimise processes while working in finance and market analysis, and forecasting; producing recommendations that move businesses forward, focusing on value creation.