Overview of Russian Consumer Cardboard Package Market in 2009


In 2009, the volume of cardboard package production was approximately 504.3 thousand tons (including packages for liquid products made of cardboard and polyethylene film).

The production of cardboard package is rather fragmented. Currently, about 200 companies use chrome substitute cardboard for manufacturing boxes. Both specialized companies and printing offices are involved in the manufacture. Their range of products also includes books and magazines, advertisement and promotion materials, labels and other printing products. There is one exception: a segment of cardboard package for tobacco products. Its manufacture is concentrated at the two facilities: Amcor Rench Novgorog and AR Carton.

Structure of Cardboard Package Structure Production by Manufacturer, 2009

Source: Research Company Abercade

Offset sheet printing is still the most common method of printing of cardboard package and other graphic products. This method enables to achieve high quality of solid color and half-tone reproduction at a relatively low cost of typographic plate and machine setup. 65% of companies have sheet printing machines in their equipment fleet

Its worth noting that currently about 50% of the companies manufacturing cardboard packages have just one type of printing equipment. Approximately 31% of the companies have equipment for offset printing and an additional (but not dominating) printing option (flexographic, screen printing, etc.).

In 2009, the volume of cardboard consumption reached approximately 304 thousand tons (the consumption of packaging material made of corrugated cardboard and polyethylene film is not included).

As mentioned above, about 200 manufacturers of packages from substitute chrome cardboard have been included in various data bases of pulp-and-paper and printing industries. As to production output, the following two major facilities should be highlighted Tetra Pak (package material for liquid food products) and Amcor Rench Novgorog (production of solid cigarette packages).


Over the last several years, a trend to the reduction of volumes of exported package made of substitute chrome cardboard has been seen. As compared with 2008, the volume of export decreased by 14.2% in physical terms. However, it should be pointed out that the size of export supplies was relatively small. The volume of import of cardboard package was by dozens of times higher than the volume of its export. In addition, export includes transshipment cargo and the so-called re-export (i.e. imported products without/with processing were exported from Russia).

About 57.7% of export shipments of cardboard package falls on the LLC Saint-Petersburg KPK. The company is exporting its products to Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Latvia and Finland. and Serbia. These are folding packages for cigarette blocks and packs made of non-corrugated cardboard with the density of less than 600 g/sq.m (e.g. made of Tako CX and Invercote T cardboard brands).

Amcor Rench Novgorog with its share of 17.0% in export volume runs second. The company is exporting its products to Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

The third position in the overall volume of cardboard package export is held by the Close Joint Stock Company Alexinskaya BKF 6%. Its goods are exported to Kazakhstan.

Among the countries-recipients of cardboard package there are two leaders Ukraine and Kazakhstan. In 2009, their proportions in the overall export volume made up 43.4% and 28.9%, respectively. About 846.2 tons of cardboard package were exported to Finland, Serbia and Azerbaijan. Uzbekistan, Latvia and Kyrgyzia can be mentioned as the key countries-recipients. The volume of export to other countries does not exceed 50 tons of cardboard package.
Structure of export of cardboard package by area of application in physical terms, 2009

Source: Research Company Abercade
In 2009 vs. 2008, the volume of import increased by 4.6% in physical terms and reduced by 5.3% in monetary terms.

About 59.8% of cardboard package imported into Russia in 2009 arrived from the following three countries: Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania. The overall import volume of these countries in physical terms was 50.1 thousand tons.

It is worth noting that approximately 15% of the total volume of cardboard package imported into Russia was manufactured in one country and shipped from another country. Thus, in 2009 about 55.1% of cardboard package made in Germany and about 92.6% of cardboard package made in Austria were delivered to Russia through other countries.
Among manufacturers, the top position in terms of import volume was held by the Ukrainian company Elopak-Fastov (20.5% of the overall volume). The company produces cardboard half-way products for Pure-Pak packs for filling up with cultured milk products.

Company SIG Combibloc GMBH runs second (16.2% of the overall volume). This company imported die-cutting cardboard boxes.
The third position is held by another manufacturer of packages for liquid products the Close joint Stock Company X Blits-Inform (10.5% of the overall import volume).
In 2009, packages for food products (52.4 of the overall import volume) and tobacco products (26.3%) represented the highest shares in the structure of import of cardboard package by area of its application.

In 2009, the share of package for food products increased by 12.1%, while the share of package for tobacco products reduced by 3.7%. The proportion of cardboard package used for commodity goods reduced by 0.9%. The percentage of packages made for household chemicals, perfumery and cosmetic products reduced by 6.1% and 2.4%, respectively.

The materials are based on research activity of the Company Abercade

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