How corrugated box market is positioned in japan?
Japan Corrugated box market is at its growth stage. The Corrugated Box Market is highly correlated with Japanese economy and with the recovery in the economy the demand for corrugated packaging for beverages and packaged food will increase therefore increasing box demand. The sale of corrugated box has declined from JPY ~ million in 2012 to JPY ~ million in 2014. The major reason for the decline in production value is the increase in consumption tax by the Japan government in 2014 from ~% to ~%. This move contracted the Japan’s economy by ~% and lowered the demand for packaging.
Many corrugators increased production capacity by adding automatic machineries from China. The domestic production of corrugated boxes increased from ~ thousand tons in 2012 to ~ thousand tons in 2014.
The weight of corrugated boxes gradually decreased from ~ grams/square meter in 2012 to ~ grams/square meter in 2014. Most of the business operators promoted weight reduction of corrugated box.
In 2015 OJI Holdings, focused on developing new products in order to meet consumer demand. They developed different types of colored corrugated boxes for fruits and vegetables industry. They also established “Package Development Center” which looks after research and development of new product, planning & branding of the company.
In 2017, the sale of corrugated box was JPY ~ million and production registered at ~ thousand tons. The production increased due to the growing processed food industry in Japan. A large number of multinational food companies are now actively engaged in global food trade.
Many craft paper manufacturers also increased the price of craft paper by ~% due to the rise in price of raw material such as pulp and chips. Also, the price of fuel and chemicals increased thereby rising overall manufacturing cost.
In 2017, Rengo acquired 60% stake in Kato Danboru Co. Ltd. based which is corrugated box manufacturer in Tokyo. This acquisition will help in increasing the competitiveness of both the companies and increased production of corrugated boxes.
Which end user is generating more demand for corrugated boxes in japan?
In 2017, processed food segment has dominated the Japan market. Processed food has contributed a share of ~% in terms of sales volume amounting to ~ thousand tons in 2017. Processed food is leading as it the growing industry in Japan and the fast paced lifestyle of consumers has led to an increase in consumption of processed food as a replacement of homemade meals.
Fruits & Vegetables, Electrical Appliances & Machinery, Pharmaceuticals, Detergents & Cosmetics, Ceramics, Glassware & Sundries, Mail Order, Parcel Delivery & Moving, Other Foods, Textile Products contributed a share of ~%, ~%, ~%, ~%, ~%, ~%, ~% and ~% respectively in terms of sales volume. In 2017, other end user such as disposable diapers, hygiene products for the elderly, pet related products has a sales volume contribution of ~% in Japan corrugated box market accounting to ~ thousand tons.
Which type of box is generating more demand for corrugated boxes in japan?
In 2017, regular slotted type of box has contributed a share of ~% in terms of sales volume amounting to ~ thousand tons. Regular slotted boxes are most preferred as they are easy to manufacture and moreover, the production is also fast. Price of slotted corrugated box of dimension (18x18x24) inch is JPY ~ per piece. In regular slotted, all flaps are the same length from score to edge. Typically, the major flaps meet in the middle and the minor flaps do not, unless the width is equal to the length.
In 2017, die cut type of box has contributed a share of ~% in terms of sales volume amounting to ~ thousand tons. Die cut corrugated boxes are customized according to the shape of good which has to be packed in it. Price of die cut corrugated box of dimension (102x102x102) mm is JPY 11.0 per piece. Benefit of die-cut box is that they are easy to store away since they are flat.
In 2017, other types of boxes such as full telescope box, partial telescope box, corrugated tray often used for display purposes, corrugated corner pads contributed ~% in Japan corrugated box market accounting to ~ thousand tons.
Which region is generating more demand for corrugated boxes in japan?
In 2017, Kanto region has contributed highest share of ~% in terms of sales volume amounting to ~ thousand tons. Kanto region dominated because of better infrastructure development. Kanto region has a number of electrical and metal industries thus increasing the demand of corrugated boxes. Saitama, Tokyo and Tochigi are the major corrugated board manufacturing prefectures in Kanto. Textile, electrical appliances, metal products and agricultural products are few of the growing industries in Kanto which are therefore growing the demand for the corrugated box in the region.
In 2017, Kinki region has contributed a share of ~% in terms of sales volume amounting to ~ thousand tons. Automobiles, machinery, electrical equipment, textiles, and processed foods are the most growing industries in Kinki which are therefore growing the demand for the corrugated box in the region.
Chubu and Okinawa region contribute a share of ~% and ~% respectively in terms of sales volume in 2017. Other regions such as Tohoku, Chugoku, Shikoku and Hokkaido contributed ~% in terms of sales volume in Japan corrugated box market in 2017.
Which type of flute is generating more demand for corrugated boxes in japan?
In 2017, single Flute type of box has contributed a share of ~% in terms of sales volume amounting to ~ thousand tons. These types of boxes are highly preferred as they are ideal for storing groceries and most stores hand out their goods to customers in such boxes instead of common jiffy bags. Single fluted boxes are made of single fluted corrugated sheet placed between two sheets of linerboard. In these boxes A, B, C and E flutes are used. A flute is the thickest and used for stacking items one above the other. B flute is thinner than C and is suitable to be used in die cuts.
In 2017, double flute type of box has contributed a share of ~% in terms of sales volume amounting to ~ thousand tons. Double fluted boxes are made two fluted corrugated sheets placed between three sheets of linerboard. This type is called the 5-ply construction where 2 plus 3 layers of sheets ensure rigidity. They are made up of B and C type of flutes. Also, combination flutes like A/C, B/C and B/E flutes are used for heavy duty bins.
In 2017, triple flute types of boxes contributed ~% in Japan corrugated box market which has amounted to ~ thousand tons.
What is competitive scenario in japan corrugated box market?
Japan corrugated box market is highly fragmented with the presence of around ~ organized and un-organized players. Majorly, manufacturing location and distribution channels witness both regional and cross border trade. Capacity expansions and additions to the existing product portfolio to cater to growing demand are the major strategies adopted by industry participants.
Rengo Co. Ltd. is the leading company in Japan corrugated box market with a market share of ~% followed by Oji Holdings Corporation with market share of ~% in terms of production value of corrugated boxes. Other companies such as Chuoh Pack Industry Co. Ltd., Tomoku Co. Ltd., Kariya Shiki Co., Ltd., Hiradan Corporation, Aichi Corrugated Cardboard Co. Ltd., Ito Corrugated Industrial Ltd., Ryohei Corrugated Co., Ltd., Taiyo Corporation Ltd., Maruichi Corporations, Misuzu-Shigyou Inc., DAIO Packaging Co. Ltd., Tokai Paper Co. Ltd., Yamakoh, Co., Ltd., Dainippon Pax Kyoto Corporation make up a share of ~% in Japan corrugated box market. Corrugated box manufacturers compete with each other on the basis of different parameters such as product offered, Geographical presence, manufacturing facilities, main end users, clients, product & technological innovation.
What is the future outlook for corrugated box market in japan?
Japan corrugated industry is expected to increase at a CAGR of ~% in between the 2018 and 2022 in terms of domestic consumption due to the elevating demand from the end user segment in order to store and transport their end products. The domestic consumption is expected to reach ~ thousand tons by 2022 from ~ thousand tons in 2017.
Rising demand of food product packaging and increasing demand for lightweight packaging materials will augment the growth of Japan Corrugated box market.
Shelf ready packaging is also increasing as it significantly reduces the workload for unpacking and displaying products. This trend is now popular in supermarkets and as the retail market is growing up the demand for such type of packaging is also increasing, thereby increasing the need for corrugated boxes. The emergence of E-commerce industry in Japan the demand of corrugated boxes will also increase.
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