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Corrugated case materials supply is “tight” and “challenged”. How long could the crisis continue?

Oct 31, 2017 | Corrugated Packaging, Industry Associations & Partners, Packaging

Earlier this month, the UK Sheet Plant Association Conference heard that corrugated case materials supply is “tight”, “challenged”, the “availability is no longer a given” and the global Kraft paper deficit looks set to continue into 2018 and beyond.

The latest NOA research concurs : Unbleached Kraft production is close to capacity, globally. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including 2 recent major paper mill fires, the North American packaging market growing at +1% per annum above its capacity to produce materials and a global reticence for investment in new Kraft mill capacity. The paper packaging industry agrees that extra paper making capacity needs to come on board in 2018.

NOA delivers in-depth research and reports into paper and packaging trends, including paper shortages. A recent published NOA study looks at the effect that the Internet and New Generation Retailing is having on the European corrugated packaging market.

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