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Paper Mills & Manufacturers – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 2600  |  NAICS 322000

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Manufacturing  (view individual reports)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

O'Brien Publications, Inc.
PaperAge Magazine

Bimonthly trade journal features news and information for industry professionals, with topics covered in each issue of this publication including industry news, market trends, international trade, emerging technologies, public policy and regulatory matters, and events and developments shaping the global industry. Digital editions are available free online, with free subscription available to qualified parties.

Paper360° Magazine

Bimonthly publication provides news and information for industry professionals, with special features including the "Annual Outlook" report (Jan./Feb.) which analyzes current trends and expectations for the year ahead and "The Paper360° Top 100 Manufacturers" report (Sept./Oct.) which ranks the top manufacturers by net sales and also provides statistics on annual production volumes in metric tons.

Resources available from this trade association include:

Our Products
Introductory section provides an overview of the various types of products manufactured by member manufacturers including pulp (e.g., chemical, dissolving, fluff, mechanical, and recycled), paper (e.g., printing and writing), packaging (e.g., containerboard, paperboard, bags and sacks), and tissue (e.g., facial, toilet, towels, and napkins), and also includes an extensive glossary of commonly-used terms.

Statistics News Releases / StatMill Statistical Reports /
News releases provide summary shipment data for various product categories and are available free online. Reports provide detailed statistical data on production, capacity, shipments, imports, exports, inventories, demand, and consumption for the industry in general and for specific product categories (e.g., pulp, paperboard, containerboard, boxboard, packaging, printing-writing, and recovered paper).

Freedonia Group
Paper & Paperboard: United States

Freedonia Focus market research report analyzes production and demand at the manufacturer level, with information provided in the report including historical and forecast production by product type for paper (e.g., printing, writing, tissue, newsprint, packaging, and industrial) and paperboard (e.g., solid bleached, unbleached kraft, semichemical, recovered, construction, and other paperboard) products.

The Business Research Company
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing Global Market

Comprehensive market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market for these products in the U.S. and other countries, with data provided in the report including market size and forecast by product segment (e.g., corrugated and solid fiber boxes; folding paperboard containers; bags, sacks, coated, and treated products; sanitary products; stationery products; and all other types of products).

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Paper Mills and Product Manufacturers  Search for "322" to see reports for specific products
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Manufacturing
(view individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of annual revenues for firms that manufacture pulp (e.g., mechanical, semichemical, dissolving, bleached/unbleached sulfite/sulfate), paper (e.g., stationery, newsprint, toilet/facial tissue, napkins/towels), and packaging (e.g., paperboard, containerboard, boxboard, bags, sacks) products.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Pulp and Paper Manufacturing

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, chemical engineer, process engineer, production operator, and maintenance technician, with manufacturers for which data is provided including Domtar Corporation, International Paper Company, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and WestRock Company.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Manufacturing

Annual wage surveys provide hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for occupations employed by establishments that manufacture pulp (e.g., mechanical, semichemical, dissolving, bleached/unbleached sulfite/sulfate), paper (e.g., stationery, newsprint, toilet/facial tissue, napkins/towels), and packaging (e.g., paperboard, containerboard, boxboard, bags, sacks) products.

Business Valuation Resources

Private company sales transaction data for over 800 industries.

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