Paper packaging refers to products that use raw paper as the main raw material and are processed through printing and other processing procedures to protect and promote the packaged objects. It mainly includes printed paper boxes, corrugated printed cartons, color manuals, stickers, cushioning materials , gift paper boxes, rigid paper boxes and many other varieties. The size of China’s paper packaging market increased from 2,539.9 RMB billion in 2013 to RMB 331.09 billion in 2017, with a compound annual growth rate of 6.9%. With the rapid economic development, China is paying more and more attention to green development and sustainable development. Every aspect of the paper packaging industry can maximize resource saving, efficiency and harmlessness. It is estimated that by 2022, the market size of China’s paper packaging industry will reach RMB 542.26 billion.
Hot spot 1: National policy support
China Packaging Association issued the “China Packaging Industry Development Plan (2016-2020)” in December 2016. The “Plan” determined the three major development directions of the packaging industry: green packaging, intelligent packaging, and safe packaging. It is proposed to speed up the construction of industry standards, standardize the market supervision system, promote the transformation and upgrading of the industry, and create a harmonious industry environment for the healthy and orderly development of enterprises in the industry and healthy market competition.
Hot spot 2: The growth of demand in downstream industries boosts the development of the paper packaging industry
As an important downstream industry in the paper packaging industry, the vigorous development of the express delivery industry is also the source of power to boost the demand for the paper packaging market. The continuous growth of express delivery business indicates an increase in the demand for paper packaging products such as necessary paper mailing envelopes for document, mailing boxes, custom paper boxes and custom corrugated cartons. With the increasing development of the e-commerce market and the gradual strengthening of consumer purchasing power, the express delivery industry market is expected to continue to grow, which will further release the market demand for paper packaging products and promote the further development of the industry.
Hot spot 3: Intelligent packaging machinery and equipment and intelligent work flow
With the continuous development and progress of science and technology, microelectronics, industrial robots, image sensing technology and new materials are constantly being integrated into the paper packaging industry. Packaging equipment with high production efficiency, high degree of automation, good reliability, strong flexibility, and high technical content is what the current industry has been pursuing. Creating a new type of intelligent packaging machinery and applying it to production on a large scale is the general direction of the future development of the paper packaging industry.
1 Overview of China’s paper packaging industry market
1.1 Definition and classification of paper packaging
Paper packaging refers to products that use raw paper as the main raw material and are processed through printing and other processing procedures to protect and promote the packaged objects. It mainly includes color paper printed boxes, corrugated boxes, cartons, manuals, stickers, cushioning materials and many other varieties. Paper packaging has many advantages such as a wide range of raw materials, a low proportion of product costs, green environmental protection, easy logistics handling, easy storage and recycling, and so on. With the continuous improvement of production technology and technology, paper packaging products can partially replace wood packaging , Plastic packaging, glass packaging, aluminum packaging, steel packaging, iron sheet packaging and other packaging forms, the application range is getting wider and wider. Because paper packaging is recyclable and environmentally friendly, so it can improve economic efficiency. It is an ideal choice for a market economy and a development focus in the era of circular economy.
According to the packaging form, paper packaging can be divided into disposable packaging and durable packaging. Disposable packaging refers to the form of packaging that is in direct contact with the packaging, and is mainly used in the packaging of consumer goods such as medical devices, medicines, food, sterile liquids, and daily chemicals. Since this packaging form directly contacts the packaged items, it usually has certain performance requirements for the packaging materials, such as oil resistance, anti-bacteria, anti-adhesion, sealing, heat preservation, moisture absorption, and paper-plastic composite properties. Packaging materials generally use special paper or special paper-based composite materials. Durable packaging usually refers to packaging with a protective outer layer, and durable packaging is mainly used to provide suitable space and better protection for the inner packaging.
The paper packaging industry can also be divided into general-purpose paper packaging, special-purpose paper packaging, food paper packaging, and printed paper packaging according to packaging functions. General-purpose paper packaging is mainly composed of kraft paper and corrugated paperboard. Common forms include corrugated cartons, partitions, paper bags and shipping cartons, mailer boxes, etc.
Special-purpose paper packaging is mainly composed of oil-proof packaging paper, moisture-proof packaging paper, and rust-proof paper, which is used for large machinery Packaging of equipment and metal products.
Food paper packaging is used for packaging in food, beverages and other fields. Common forms include food parchment paper, candy packaging base paper, etc..
Printed paper packaging refers to cardboard printing with fillers and glues on the surface. The trademarks are made into paper printed boxes and other papers for packaging. Common forms include white lined chipboard and SBS C1S, C2S paperboard, SUS paperboard, kraft paperboard. (See Figure 2-1).