Copier Paper Market

Copier Paper Market: Advent of Digitalization to Hamper Revenue Growth: Global Industry Analysis 2013 - 2017 and Opportunity Assessment 2018 - 2027

Countering Penetration of Digitization Outlook

Emerging economies such as the Asia Pacific and Latin America are expected to exhibit tremendous growth potential during the forecast period, asserting market players to expand their footprint to these regions. Developed economies are swiftly moving towards digitization and are eliminating the usage of paper in several processes.

Moreover, the emergence of workflow systems and subsequent adoption in schools, colleges, and offices for processes such as leave application, purchase orders, etc. have minimized the usage of paper in the commercial sector in developed economies. On the other hand, the trend is yet to catch up in developing nations such as India, Brazil, China, etc., and hence, the growth opportunity remains high in these regions.

However, the presence of a large base of readers who prefer printed papers for reading and other purposes over digital applications will continue to propel the demand for copier paper despite the surging popularity of digital systems.

Furthermore, academic applications will remain a key end-use for the copier market as it necessitates paper for writing, studying, and taking notes. Likewise, producing high-quality paper, by maintaining their ideal thickness to ensure longevity and adoption.

On these lines, Mondi Group offers premium uncoated design papers for professional print under its product line Pergraphica. Similarly, the organization used  1.3 million tonnes of paper for recycling (recovered fiber) in our production in the year 2017 to promote sustainable goods.

Copier Paper Market Analysis: A/4 Size Copier Paper to Dominate the Market in Terms of Value during the Forecast Period

The global market for copier paper is expected to be valued more than US$ 14,278.9 Mn by 2018. The copier paper market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 1.2% during the forecast period, 2018-2027.

Copier paper is an uncoated fine paper used for everyday printing and copying needs. In contrast to printing papers, copier paper is lighter in weight and more economical. Hence, both papers are often used interchangeably.

The global copier paper market has been segmented on the basis of thickness, paper size, material type, and end use. A/4 size copier paper holds the maximum market share in the global copier paper market, which can be attributed to its usage in most commercial as well as consumer printing. Copier paper can be manufactured using either virgin or recycled pulp. 50-80 GSM copier paper is the most preferred thickness as it provides appropriate brightness level as well as ensures proper print.

Steady Demand for Copier Paper in Emerging Markets

Developing economies are exhibiting growth opportunities for the copier paper market. In these countries, the per capita consumption of paper stands significantly less when compared to the global average. The contribution of copier paper is considerably high in the overall paper consumption. Application of copier paper in educational applications is one of the key drivers, as the number of students is increasing, the demand for copying and writing paper is accelerating.

Apart from this, government offices make use of copier papers to archive most of their data; this is anticipated to fuel the demand for copier paper. Consumption of copier paper is relatively lower in African countries, which is expected to rise during the forecast period, owing to the increasing literacy rates. Latin American and Middle Eastern countries are also expected to represent attractive opportunities for the growth of copier paper market.

Impact of Digitalization on the Copier Paper Market

Conventionally, the demand for reprographic paper including copier paper has mapped fairly close to the growth of real GDP. However, this trend changed, and a bustling economy no longer guarantees an equally sturdy demand for graphic paper. Instead, this demand is driven by the extent of penetration of various digital substitutions for the same. As the digital media is gaining popularity, the demand for copier paper is shrinking.

There are multiple reasons for this substitution. Firstly, the behavioral changes among consumers are driven by environmental concerns and secondly, companies are implementing cost-cutting moves. Behavioral changes driven by environmental concerns are expected to shrink the demand for office paper by around 20%. This reduction will be centered towards copier paper, followed by printing paper and writing paper.

However, there is a dedicated class of readers who prefer printed copies over digital reading material, which is expected to aid in sustaining the demand for copier paper.

Recent Developments in the Global Copier Paper Market

  • In January 2018, paper manufacturers in the Asia Pacific region have hiked the price of plain copier paper to compensate higher pulp costs. Manufacturers including Asia Symbol and Asia Pulp & Paper have increased the paper price by 20%. The same trend is expected to be followed by other manufacturers operating in the Asian copier paper market.
  • One of the leading Indian copier paper market players JK Paper Ltd, which has a share of more than 20% in the Indian market, has invested INR 1775 Crores in expanding its production capacity and to reduce water and energy usage. The company is taking these initiatives to meet the rising demand for copier paper in the market.
  • As the demand for copier paper is shrinking in the developed markets, leading players such as International Paper, Domtar Corporation, Neenah Paper, and Boise Paper are reducing their production capacities to cope with the reduced demand.
  • JL Darling LLC, a U.S.-based manufacturer of paper products, has created “Rite in Rain” copier paper, a coated paper which can be used for outdoor writing applications. It is produced using a patented substrate and recyclable fiber.

By material type, the virgin pulp segment of the copier paper market was valued at more than US$ 9 Bn in the year 2017. The 50-80 GSM segment is anticipated to be the most lucrative segment in the global copier paper market and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 1.2% during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

Detailed profiles of companies are also included in the copier paper market report to evaluate their strategies, key product offerings, and SWOT analysis along with the recent developments. The key players in the global copier paper market are 

International Paper Company, North Pacific Paper Company, South Coast Paper LLC, UPM-Kymmene Oyj, Domtar Corporation, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., Mondi Group plc, Stora Enso Oyj, Smurfit Kappa Group Plc., Oji Holdings Corporation, Lisgop Sikar L'td., Georgia-Pacific LLC, Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited, Sappi Limited, Metsa Board Corporation, Daio Paper Corporation, Pratt Industries, Inc., Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), Packaging Corporation of America (Boise Paper), and Rolland Enterprises Inc. Many local and unorganized players are anticipated to contribute to the global copier paper market during the forecast period.

Copier Paper Market Report: Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for value and tons for volume

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, MEA, Asia Pacific, and Japan

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America, Germany, Italy, France, U.K., Russia, Spain, BENELUX, Poland, Nordic, Rest of Europe, India, China, ASEAN, ANZ, Rest of APEJ, GCC Countries, Turkey, South Africa, Iran, Israel, and Rest of MEA 

Key Segments Covered

Thickness, Paper size, Material, End-use, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

Carlsberg A/S, Diageo PLC, Asahi Group Holdings Ltd., Suntory Holdings Ltd., Halewood International Holdings PLC, Brown-Forman Corporation, Bacardi Ltd., Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, The Coca-Cola Company among others.

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, brand share analysis, competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives

Customization & Pricing

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Key Segments Covered in the Copier Paper Market

By Thickness

  • Up to 50 GSM
  • 50 GSM to 80 GSM
  • 80 GSM to 110 GSM
  • 110 GSM to 130 GSM

By Paper Size

  • A/4 Copier Paper
  • A/3 Copier Paper
  • A/5 Copier Paper
  • Other Sizes (A/0, A/1, A/2, etc.)

By Material Type

  • Virgin
  • Recycled

By End Use

  • Commercial
  • Consumer

Key Regions Covered in the Copier Paper Market

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • APEJ
    • China
    • India
    • Malaysia
    • Singapore
    • Australia
    • Rest of APEJ
  • Japan
  • MEA
    • GCC Countries
    • Israel
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

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