Converted Paper and Paperboard Products, NEC

SIC 2679

Industry report:

Establishments in this category are primarily engaged in manufacturing miscellaneous converted paper or paperboard products, not elsewhere classified, from purchased paper or paperboard. Products in this classification include giftwrap, pressed and molded pulp goods, laminated building papers, fiber conduits, crepe paper, pressed and molded pulp cups, pressed and molded dishes, molded pulp egg cartons, and converted filter paper.

Note: The U.S. Economic Census now reports industrial information under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) instead of the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. As a result, the value of shipments data reported below is for NAICS 322299 (the replacement for SIC 2679), and it includes only a portion of what used to be reported for SIC 2679. NAICS 322299 also includes portions of the following SIC industries: SIC 2675: Die-Cut Paper and Paperboard and Cardboard and SIC 3999: Manufacturing Industries, NEC.
The paper products in this classification are best described as specialty products because of their diversity. Shipment values for this industry totaled $4.1 billion in 2005, down slightly from almost $4.2 billion in 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2007, total shipments had reached $4.5 billion. The largest product category in this industry in the late 2000s included such diverse products as paper party and holiday goods; cellulose insulation/paper doilies/placemats; paper filters and "other" paper wrapping products; and "other" die-cut paper and paperboard products. The second largest category was molded pulp goods, including egg cartons, florist pots, and food trays.

According to Dun and Bradstreet's 2009 Industry Reports, 1,611 establishments operated in the converted paper products (not elsewhere classified) industry in the late 2000s. Of the $4.7 billion in sales in 2008, New Jersey accounted for $855.6 million, or about 18 percent. Second in terms of revenues was Wisconsin, with $860.6 million, followed by Pennsylvania ($647.5 million), North Carolina ($299.8 million), and California ($268.2 million).

In 2007, the total value of raw materials used in converted paper and paperboard products not elsewhere classified was $2.23 million, as compared to $2.14 billion in 2002. Of this total, paper and paperboard was the largest raw material category. Other leading raw material categories included recovered paper; paperboard containers, boxes, and corrugated paperboard; plastics; and glues and printing inks.

In the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, paper mills were the largest supplier to this industry, providing almost 30 percent of its raw materials. Imports accounted for the next largest volume, at 21 percent; followed by wholesale trade with 9.2 percent; paperboard mills with 6.6 percent; and plastics materials and resins with 2.5 percent.

Personal consumption expenditures accounted for the largest share of purchases from the industry, at close to 30 percent of the total. The wholesale trades were the next largest customer, with 11 percent of total purchases.

Trends for this industry are highly product-specific. Giftwrap, for example, grew or slowed according to the general economy, although environmental groups admonished consumers to reduce or eliminate its use. After several mediocre years during the recession of the early 1990s, gift paper enjoyed an upward sales trend through the remainder of the 1990s as gift buying--particularly during the key Christmas period--accelerated along with the general economy. After growing from $398 million in 1999 to $408 million in 2000, however, the value of giftwrap paper shipments declined to $342 million in 2005, reflecting reduced consumer spending as the U.S. economy continued to weaken.

Molded pulp products--primarily egg cartons--enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s due to public interest in recycling. These gray cartons, often made of recycled newsprint, lost share in the 1980s to molded plastic products. However, as consumers began to express some displeasure with hard-to-recycle plastic cartons, some egg producers responded by moving back to molded pulp products. Schools and fast-food outlets also stepped up their use of molded food trays in the 1990s. As with giftwrap paper, however, molded pulp shipments began to wane after peaking in 1999 at nearly $520 million. The value of these shipments fell to $378 million in 2003, but then rose to $469 million in 2005.

Like many manufacturing industries in the United States, employment in this sector was dropping. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics in 2007, the converted paper products not elsewhere classified industry employed 17,582 people, 77 percent of whom were production workers. This total employment figure represented a decrease from 20,534 employees in 2004. Payroll for the industry in 2007 totaled $702 million, down from $724 million in 2004.

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