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Europe PE Coated Paper Industry Overview from 2024 to 2034

Sales of PE coated paper in Europe are estimated to be valued at US$ 812.1 million in 2024. The industry is set to reach US$ 1,065.9 million by the end of 2034.

The industry in Europe is projected to rise at a CAGR of 2.8% in the forecast period 2024 and 2034. Revenue generated by the industry in 2023 was US$ 791.3 million and is anticipated to exhibit a y-o-y growth of 2.6% in 2024. The food sector is currently dominating the industry. It is set to hold more than 92.3% of the industry share in terms of value in 2024.

Polyethylene as a coating material is anticipated to capture a prominent value share with almost 50% in 2024. It is set to broaden at a CAGR of 1.8% over the forecast period. Europe’s industry is anticipated to gain an incremental opportunity of US$ 97.3 million between 2023 and 2034.

PE Coated Paper Industry Analysis in EU

Attributes Key Insights
Europe Coated Paper Industry Size, 2023 US$ 791.3 million
Industry Size, 2024 US$ 812.1 million
Industry Size, 2034 US$ 1,065.9 million
Value-based CAGR (2024 to 2034) 2.8%

Analyzing the Europe PE Coated Paper Industry through Time

The industry in Europe recorded a CAGR of 1.9% during the historical period 2019 to 2023. It attained a revenue of US$ 791.3 million in 2023, which increased from US$ 732.6 million in 2019.

PE-based paper was often used in products such as paper bowls, paper cups, disposable tableware items, and wrapping paper. It was also used in making paper products because of its leak-resistance properties along with its reflective and smooth finish. This is because the paper is coated with a layer of polyethylene on the surface.

The papers are food grade and have high-temperature resistance properties, which make them suitable for food industry applications. Increased application of paper products in the food packaging industry is fueling demand for these papers.

Continuously increasing development of the polyethylene industry is steadily pushing the production capacity of coated paper. The global production of polyethylene was 138.04 million tons in March 2022.

Northeast Asia, North America, and the Middle East are a few of the leading suppliers of polyethylene in the world. The steadily increasing production and export of PE has contributed to the growth of Europe’s industry.

Coated papers are being increasingly used in the beverage industry for the manufacturing of paper cups. They prevent the leakage of liquids and grease.

Increasing consumption of on-the-go food and rising food delivery services are further contributing to growth of Europe’s industry. Even though this type of paper is not biodegradable or compostable, it can be recycled. However, the recycling process of this paper is labor-intensive and time-consuming, which can hinder growth of PE coated paper industry in Europe.

Industry Growth Factors for Paper Products in Europe

Rapid Growth of the Food Industry in Europe

PE coated paper is significantly used in the food industry owing to its high water resistance and sturdy nature. It is also used in the manufacturing of food packaging products of all types. Increasing demand for paper cups, bowls, lids, food boxes, bags, and product labels is set to aid demand.

The effectiveness of these papers in food applications is high as they are matte and provide a glossy finish to the packaging. Implementation of stringent regulations in Europe for controlling plastic usage has pushed the use of paper products in the food industry. Increased importance on hygiene has also contributed to the use of disposable packing products.

Rising consumption of on-the-go food items has generated a high need for coated paper products in Europe. Food-grade paper is set to be extensively used in greaseproof applications for dairy products, frozen food, snacks, and other applications.

Booming Retail Sector in Europe Augments Demand

The retail sector in Europe is experiencing significant growth and transformation due to economic shifts, technological innovations, and changes in consumer preferences. The retail sector in the region accounts for 11.5% of EU value added.

Consumers are increasingly using paper products, such as paper bags, while shopping. Brands and outlets are also committed to sustainability, which has led to the growing use of paper bags in shops. Growing number of supermarkets and hypermarkets has further resulted in the increased usage of paper bags in the industry.

Rising preference for online shopping and booming e-commerce industry are boosting the usage of paper bags. Paper bags made from coated paper are used by companies to showcase sustainability and attract consumers. This type of paper allows for high-quality printing for branding purposes.

Paper bags are low-cost solutions for both companies and customers. Rising number of brick-and-mortar stores, supermarkets, and hypermarkets is set to propel sales of PE coated paper in Europe.

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Semi-annual Industry Update

Particular Value CAGR
H1 3.4% (2022 to 2033)
H2 2.5% (2022 to 2033)
H1 3.0% (2024 to 2034)
H2 2.2% (2024 to 2034)

Comparative View of Adjacent Europe PE Coated Paper Industry

The section offers a comprehensive evaluation of two interrelated industries in the packaging division. These include the Europe retail paper bag industry and the Europe barrier coated paper industry. Analysis of these related industries can provide deeper insights that may be helpful for developing unique differentiating strategies to pursue growth and opportunity in Europe.

Europe PE Coated Paper Industry:

Attributes Europe PE Coated Paper Industry
CAGR (2024 to 2034) 2.8%
Growth Factor Growth of the food industry fuels demand in Europe.
Coated Paper Industry Trends Retail sector in Europe is anticipated to push growth in the polyethylene-coated paper sector.

Europe Retail Paper Bag Industry:

Attributes Europe Retail Paper Bag Industry
CAGR (2024 to 2034) 4.7%
Growth Factor Implementation of strict regulations by high authorities over plastic usage in Europe is set to aid demand.
Key Trend As paper bags are relatively low-cost than their plastic counterparts, key companies are investing in production.

Europe Barrier Coated Paper Industry:

Attributes Europe Barrier Coated Paper Industry
CAGR (2024 to 2034) 3.2%
Growth Factor High demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable packaging solutions is anticipated to push growth.
Key Trend Growing awareness of several beneficial properties of barrier-coated paper, including lightweight and low cost, is a leading trend.

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Country-wise Insights

The section below highlights information about leading countries in Europe’s industry. Poland, France, and Spain are estimated to witness high CAGRs of 2.9%, 2.3%, and 2.0%, respectively. Detailed information about these countries would allow potential clients to invest in significant areas to generate high profits and get to know about emerging opportunities in the industry.

Countries Value CAGR (2024 to 2034)
Germany 1.0%
France 2.3%
Spain 2.0%
Italy 1.8%
United Kingdom 1.3%
Russia 0.6%
Poland 2.9%

Growing Consumption of Plant-based Food Boosts the United Kingdom

Plant-based food is one of the fastest-growing categories in the United Kingdom. Easy access to affordable plant-based food & beverages in the country is set to surge their sales.

According to a report published by Eating Better, most of the population of the United Kingdom is moving toward plant-based and vegetarian food as they want to support sustainable and healthy food choices. Rising ready-to-eat vegan food consumption is anticipated to support PE coated paper demand in the future as consumers prefer sustainable and economical packaging.

Increased consumption of vegetarian food, such as fruits and vegetables, is also projected to propel the industry. The United Kingdom is estimated to gain an incremental opportunity worth US$ 13.2 million in the forecast period.

E-commerce Growth in Germany Creates Lucrative Opportunities

Germany is anticipated to reach a valuation of US$ 97 million in 2024, capturing 18.7% of the value share in 2034. As per the International Trade Administration, the e-commerce industry in Germany is booming.

Penetration of the internet, number of e-commerce consumers, and average money spent every year are above the European average in Germany. Total sales from e-commerce were US$ 141.2 billion in 2022, which was around 11% growth compared to 2021.

The number of online shoppers in Europe is set to increase to 68.4 million in 2025. Use of e-commerce platforms in Germany was 80% in 2022, which will directly increase the demand for PE coated papers in the upcoming years.

Category-wise Insights

The section below presents several significant segments in the industry. Thematic analysis of the coating material segment shows that the polyethylene category would emerge as a hot topic. Based on end-use, food is estimated to dominate the industry at a CAGR of 2.7% through 2034.

Industry Growth Outlook by Coating Material

Coating Material Value CAGR
Polyethylene 1.8%
Biodegradable Polymers 3.6%

Polyethylene to be Significantly Used in Coated Paper

PE coated paper is made by bonding the polyethylene on the paper, which increases its strength, printability, moisture, and barrier resistance properties. Polyethylene is an easily sourced and low-cost option of paper coating. Polyethylene is set to rise at a moderate CAGR of 1.8% during the forecast period. Under the polyethylene segment, LDPE is anticipated to reach a valuation of US$ 321.4 million by 2034.

Industry Growth Outlook by End-use

Food Industry to be the Leading End-user

End-use Value CAGR
Food 2.7%
Beverage 3.2%

The food segment leads Europe PE coated paper industry and it is set to hold around 91.9% of the share in 2034. Coated paper is widely used in the food industry as packaging paper and wrappers.

The ability to preserve food freshness and prevent contamination has led to their applications in fast food wrapping and frozen food. The advantages of coated papers, such as moisture resistance, printability, flexibility, and sturdiness, have contributed to their increased demand in the food industry.

Competitive Landscape in Coated Paper Industry in Europe

Key companies in Europe PE coated paper industry are concentrating on developing sustainable solutions and innovations. To strengthen their resources, renowned players are also seeking to execute the merger and acquisition strategy. High market share of PE coated paper brands in Europe can be attributed to the launch of different products.

For instance

  • In August 2023, Finland-based Stora Enso introduced its program called Recycled Material Challenge. It will be a part of the broader collaborative platform with Business Finland. It has a core mission to enhance the recyclability of polymer barrier-coated board materials.
  • In August 2022, United Kingdom-based Mondi plc announced the acquisition of the Duino Mill near Trieste (Italy) from Burgo Group.
  • In May 2022, Finland-based Walki invested in Dolea, a Finnish start-up. The two companies are focusing on initiating the manufacturing of printable and recyclable paper straws in Garstang in the United Kingdom and Ylöjärvi, Finland.

Key Coverage in Europe PE Coated Paper Industry

  • Market Dynamics Influencing PE Coated Paper Sales
  • Europe PE Coated Paper Industry Forecast
  • Market Research on Sustainability and Recyclability of PE Coated Paper
  • Impact of Packaging Regulations on PE Coated Paper Market in Europe
  • Market Analysis of Distribution Channels for Coated Paper Products
  • Emerging Opportunities in PE Coated Paper Sector in Europe
  • Market Perception of Durability and Printability of PE Coated Paper
  • Market Trends Driving Innovation in PE Coated Paper Technology and Applications
  • Consumer Preferences for PE Coated Paper in Europe
  • Market Penetration Strategies for Polyethylene Coated Paper Manufacturers
  • Market Forecast for PE Coated Paper Industry in Europe
  • Regional Analysis of Coated Paper Market in Europe

Scope of the Report

Attribute Details
Estimated Value (2024) US$ 812.1 million
Projected Value (2034) US$ 1,065.9 million
Growth Rate (2024 to 2034) 2.8% CAGR
Base Year for Estimation 2023
Historical Data 2019 to 2023
Forecast Period 2024 to 2034
Quantitative Units Revenue in US$ million, Volume in tons, and CAGR from 2024 to 2034
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Volume Forecast, Company Ranking, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Trends and Pricing Analysis
Segments Covered
  • Coating Material
  • Application
  • End-use
  • Country
Key Countries Covered
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Nordics
  • Rest of Europe
Key Companies Profiled
  • Mondi plc
  • Sappi Ltd
  • WestRock Company
  • Smurfit Kappa
  • Walki Group OY
  • Stora Enso OYJ
  • Billerud AB
  • Koehler Paper
  • Burgo Group SPA
  • Cotek Paper LTD
  • Laufenberg GmbH
  • Behr Bircher Cellpack BBC AG
  • Arrosi
  • Cartonal Italia SPA
  • Kebel Premium Pulp & Paper GmbH

Segmentation of PE Coated Paper Products in Europe

By Coating Material:

  • Polyethylene
    • HDPE
    • LDPE
  • Biodegradable Polymers
  • Wax
  • Other Coating Materials (Block Copolymer, Rubber, and Starch)

By Application:

  • Flexible Packaging
  • Cups and Lids
  • Trays
  • Boxes and Cartons
  • Clamshells
  • Bowls

By End-use:

  • Food
    • Bakery
    • Confectionary
    • Snacks
    • Dairy
    • Frozen Food
    • Sauces
    • Fresh Produce
  • Beverages
    • Alcoholic Beverage
    • Non-alcoholic Beverage

By Country:

  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Nordics
  • Rest of Europe

Frequently Asked Questions

At what rate would the Europe PE coated paper industry grow from 2024 to 2034?

The industry is set to rise at a CAGR of 2.8% from 2024 to 2034.

What was the worth of the Europe PE coated paper industry in 2023?

The industry was valued at US$ 791.3 million in 2023.

In 2034, what will the industry size be?

In 2034, the industry is anticipated to reach US$ 1,065.9 million.

Who are the top players operating in the Europe PE coated paper industry?

Mondi plc, Sappi Alfeld GmbH, Burgo Group SPA, and Stora Enso OYJ.

How big is the paper coating market?

FMI says that the global barrier-coated paper market is set to witness a 4.6% CAGR through 2033.

What is the alternative to PE coated paper?

PLA coating paper.

What is PE coating on paper?

It blends the protective barrier of paper with PP or PE.

Table of Content

1. Executive Summary

    1.1. Europe Industry Outlook

    1.2. Industry Analysis

    1.3. Analysis and Recommendations

2. Industry Overview

    2.1. Industry Coverage / Taxonomy

    2.2. Industry Definition / Scope / Limitations

3. Key Industry Trends

    3.1. Key Trends Impacting the Industry

    3.2. Product Innovation / Development Trends

4. Key Success Factors

    4.1. Product Adoption / Usage Analysis

    4.2. Product USPs / Features

    4.3. Strategic Promotional Strategies

    4.4. PESTEL & Porter’s Analysis for Industry

5. Industry Demand Analysis 2019 to 2023 and Forecast, 2024 to 2034

    5.1. Historical Industry Volume (tons) Analysis, 2019 to 2023

    5.2. Current and Future Industry Volume (tons) Projections, 2024 to 2034

    5.3. Y-o-Y Growth Trend Analysis

6. Industry - Pricing Analysis

    6.1. Pricing by Coating Type

    6.2. Europe Average Pricing Analysis Benchmark

7. Industry Demand (in Value or Size in US$ million) Analysis 2019 to 2023 and Forecast, 2024 to 2034

    7.1. Historical Industry Value (US$ million) Analysis, 2019 to 2023

    7.2. Current and Future Industry Value (US$ million) Projections, 2024 to 2034

        7.2.1. Y-o-Y Growth Trend Analysis

        7.2.2. Absolute $ Opportunity Analysis

8. Industry Background

    8.1. Europe Packaging Industry Overview

    8.2. Macro-Economic Factors

    8.3. Forecast Factors - Relevance & Impact

    8.4. Value Chain Analysis

        8.4.1. Exhaustive List of Paper/Pulp/Coating Suppliers

        8.4.2. Exhaustive List of PE Coated Paper Manufacturers/Converters

        8.4.3. Exhaustive List of End Users / Brands (Potential Customers)

    8.5. Cased-Based Scenario - Impact Assessment

        8.5.1. Current Statistics

        8.5.2. Short-Mid-Long Term Outlook

        8.5.3. Likely Rebound

    8.6. Industry Dynamics

        8.6.1. Drivers

        8.6.2. Restraints

        8.6.3. Opportunity Analysis

9. Industry Analysis 2019 to 2023 and Forecast 2024 to 2034, By Coating Material

    9.1. Introduction / Key Findings

    9.2. Historical Industry Size (US$ million) and Volume (tons) Analysis By Coating Material, 2019 to 2023

    9.3. Current and Future Industry Size (US$ million) and Volume (tons) Analysis and Forecast By Coating Material, 2024 to 2034

        9.3.1. Polyethylene (PE)

   High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

   Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

        9.3.2. Biodegradable Polymers

        9.3.3. Wax

        9.3.4. Others Coating Material (Block Copolymer, Rubber, and Starch)

    9.4. Industry Attractiveness Analysis By Coating Material

10. Industry Analysis 2019 to 2023 and Forecast 2024 to 2034, By Application

    10.1. Introduction / Key Findings

    10.2. Historical Industry Size (US$ million) and Volume (tons) Analysis By Application, 2019 to 2023

    10.3. Current and Future Industry Size (US$ million) and Volume (tons) Analysis and Forecast By Application, 2024 to 2034

        10.3.1. Flexible Packaging

        10.3.2. Cups & Lids

        10.3.3. Trays

        10.3.4. Boxes & Cartons

        10.3.5. Clamshell

        10.3.6. Bowls

    10.4. Industry Attractiveness Analysis By Application

11. Industry Analysis 2019 to 2023 and Forecast 2024 to 2034, By End Use

    11.1. Introduction / Key Findings

    11.2. Historical Industry Size (US$ million) and Volume (tons) Analysis By End Use, 2019 to 2023

    11.3. Current and Future Industry Size (US$ million) and Volume (tons) Analysis and Forecast By End Use, 2024 to 2034

        11.3.1. Food





   Frozen Food


   Fresh Produce

        11.3.2. Beverages

   Alcoholic Beverages

   Non-alcoholic Beverages

    11.4. Industry Attractiveness Analysis By End Use

12. Industry Analysis 2019 to 2023 and Forecast 2024 to 2034, by Country

    12.1. Introduction / Key Findings

    12.2. Historical Industry Size (US$ million) and Volume (tons) Analysis By Country, 2019 to 2023

    12.3. Current and Future Industry Size (US$ million) and Volume (tons) Analysis and Forecast By Country, 2024 to 2034

        12.3.1. Germany

        12.3.2. France

        12.3.3. Spain

        12.3.4. Italy

        12.3.5. United Kingdom

        12.3.6. Russia

        12.3.7. Poland

        12.3.8. BENELUX

        12.3.9. Nordic

        12.3.10. Rest of Europe

    12.4. Industry Attractiveness Analysis By Country

13. Country wise Industry Analysis 2024 & 2034

    13.1. Country wise Cross Section Analysis

    13.2. Germany PE Coated Paper Industry Analysis

        13.2.1. By Coating Material

        13.2.2. By Application

        13.2.3. By End Use

    13.3. France PE Coated Paper Industry Analysis

        13.3.1. By Coating Material

        13.3.2. By Application

        13.3.3. By End Use

    13.4. Spain PE Coated Paper Industry Analysis

        13.4.1. By Coating Material

        13.4.2. By Application

        13.4.3. By End Use

    13.5. Italy PE Coated Paper Industry Analysis

        13.5.1. By Coating Material

        13.5.2. By Application

        13.5.3. By End Use

    13.6. UK PE Coated Paper Industry Analysis

        13.6.1. By Coating Material

        13.6.2. By Application

        13.6.3. By End Use

    13.7. Russia PE Coated Paper Industry Analysis

        13.7.1. By Coating Material

        13.7.2. By Application

        13.7.3. By End Use

    13.8. Poland PE Coated Paper Industry Analysis

        13.8.1. By Coating Material

        13.8.2. By Application

        13.8.3. By End Use

    13.9. Nordics PE Coated Paper Industry Analysis

        13.9.1. By Coating Material

        13.9.2. By Application

        13.9.3. By End Use

14. Brand Share Analysis

        14.1.1. Huhtamaki Oyj

   Product Portfolio

   Industry Share (%)

   Investment in Packaging



   Preferred Channel Partners and Suppliers

        14.1.2. Graphic Packaging International, LLC

        14.1.3. ConverPack Inc.

        14.1.4. Duni Group Global

        14.1.5. SEDA International Packaging Group S.p.A.

        14.1.6. Pactiv LLC

        14.1.7. Sonoco Product Company

        14.1.8. Biopak

        14.1.9. Coveris

15. Industry Structure Analysis

    15.1. Industry Analysis by Tier of Companies

    15.2. Industry Share Analysis of Top Players

    15.3. Industry Presence Analysis

16. Competition Analysis

    16.1. Competition Dashboard

    16.2. Competition Benchmarking

    16.3. Competition Deep Dive (Global Based/Operating Key Industry Players)

        16.3.1. Mondi plc.


   Manufacturing Process Portfolio

   Profitability by Industry Segments

   Sales Footprint

   Strategy Overview

        16.3.2. Sappi Ltd

        16.3.3. WestRock Company

        16.3.4. Smurfit Kappa

        16.3.5. Walki Group OY

        16.3.6. Stora Enso OYJ

        16.3.7. Billerud AB

        16.3.8. Koehler Paper

        16.3.9. Burgo Group SPA

        16.3.10. Cotek Paper LTD

        16.3.11. Laufenberg GmbH

        16.3.12. Behr Bircher Cellpack BBC AG

        16.3.13. Arrosi

        16.3.14. Cartonal Italia SPA

        16.3.15. Kebel Premium Pulp & Paper GmbH

 *The above list is indicative in nature and is subject to change during the course of research

17. Assumptions and Acronyms Used

18. Research Methodology



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