Moulded Pulp Packaging Market

Moulded Pulp Packaging Market Size By Source (Non-wood Pulp and Wood Pulp), By Moulded Type (Transfer, Processed, Thick Wall, and Thermoformed), and By Product (End Caps, Clamshells, Trays, Bowls & Cups, Plates, and Others), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2024 to 2033

Base Year: 2023 Historical Data: 2020-22
  • Report ID: TBI-14326
  • Published Date: May, 2024
  • Pages: 238
  • Category: Consumer Goods
  • Format: PDF
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The global moulded pulp packaging market was valued at USD 5.8 billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 7.9% from 2024 to 2033. The market is expected to reach USD 12.4 billion by 2033. Growing demand from end-use sectors such as food packaging, healthcare, food service, electronics, and others, as well as increased demand for eco-friendly and sustainable packaging solutions, are factors driving the market's growth. By employing various tactics, manufacturers hope to preserve a strong competitive environment throughout the market.

Market Introduction:

Moulded pulp packaging is a sustainable and eco-friendly material manufactured from recycled paper, cardboard, or other natural fibres. These fibres are combined with water, and then moulds and heat are used to shape and size the material. When dried and solidified, moulded pulp becomes a stiff, protective wrap widely used for various objects, including electronics, breakables, food, and cosmetics. Its unique qualities include its outstanding shock-absorbing and cushioning capacities, which make it an excellent option for protecting fragile goods during shipping and transit. Because the moulded pulp is completely biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable, it stands out as an environmentally friendly material. This aligns with the growing global demand for environmentally friendly packaging options in various industries. By using recycled paper resources to create stiff and protective packaging, moulded pulp packaging has become a viable and environmentally conscious packaging option. Because of its adaptability, moulded pulp packaging is used extensively in various product categories, including electronics, cosmetics, food products, and fragile items.

Moulded Pulp Packaging Market Size

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Recent Development

In 2023, At its facilities in Langley, British Columbia, CKF Inc. unveiled EarthcycleTM, a state-of-the-art sustainable packaging line. This creative packaging solution offers environmentally friendly packaging while significantly lowering waste and carbon footprints owing to its construction from recycled paper pulp.

In 2023, Pulp MaxTM and Pulp PlusTM, two of Sabert Corporation's newest moulded fibre mixes, were introduced. These eco-friendly packaging options, made from recycled paper fibres and intended for food applications, support sustainability objectives and give consumers options for packaging that is less harmful to the environment.

In 2021, Sanovo and Brodrene Hartmann A/S partnered to launch Vital Farms' hybrid egg packaging concept. This creative packaging demonstrates their dedication to environmentally friendly and sustainable packaging solutions using moulded fibre created entirely from recycled paper.

Market Dynamics:


Increasing properties- The market for moulded pulp packaging is seeing a significant upswing in demand because of its exceptional protective qualities and the flourishing e-commerce sector. First, moulded pulp protects delicate and fragile goods during transit because of its outstanding cushioning and shock-absorbing qualities. Businesses now place a high premium on ensuring things arrive at customers' doorsteps safely as more and more customers purchase online. Moulded pulp is a highly sought-after packaging material for e-commerce businesses because of its capacity to absorb shocks and shield objects from damage.


High production cost- Production costs and restrictions on the availability of materials influence market demand. Businesses are realising the long-term advantages of moulded pulp packaging, even though the initial costs are sometimes higher than those of conventional materials. The cost difference gets smaller as production efficiencies and economies of scale increase.


Expanding applications and innovation in material sourcing- The growing demand for moulded pulp packaging is driven by its expanding range of uses. The moulded pulp once utilised in the electronics industry for its protective qualities, is now used in many goods. This covers fragile electronics, food and drink products, medicines, cosmetics, and car parts. Industries that place a high priority on the safe transportation of their goods find it to be a compelling option due to its adaptability and superior protection capabilities. Businesses are becoming more and more in need of this environmentally friendly packaging option as they realise the advantages of moulded pulp in these many industries.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Asia Pacific emerged as the largest global moulded pulp packaging market, with a 41% market revenue share in 2023.

The market for moulded pulp packaging is expanding rapidly in the Asia-Pacific area. The rising middle class is driving the need for eco-friendly packaging, changing consumer preferences, and rapid urbanisation. The region's robust export and manufacturing industries encourage more people to use moulded pulp to protect goods in transportation. Furthermore, moulded pulp packaging is becoming more economical due to advancements in production techniques and material procurement, drawing interest from various sectors. The region's growing emphasis on sustainability and the circular economy in Asia-Pacific is expected to hasten the expansion of moulded pulp packaging.

Asia Pacific Region Moulded Pulp Packaging Market Share in 2023 - 41%

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Source Segment Analysis

The source segment is divided into non-wood pulp and wood pulp. The wood pulp segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 58% in 2023. Wood pulp moulded packaging is widely used in many different end industries. For example, because it provides superior protection for food products during shipment and storage, it is frequently utilised in the food and beverage industries.

Moulded Type Segment Analysis

The moulded type segment is divided into transfer, processed, thick wall, and thermoformed. The transfer segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 34% in 2023. Because of the material's hygroscopic properties and air permeability, which extend the shelf life of beverages and food goods intended for onward shipping, transfer moulded pulp is widely used in food packaging.

Product Segment Analysis

The product segment is divided into end caps, clamshells, trays, bowls & cups, plates, and others. The trays segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 25% in 2023. The trays, made of moulded pulp, are frequently used for packaging eggs in retail distribution channels because they shield the product from damage and keep it secure.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • UFP Technologies, Inc.
  • ESCO Technologies Inc.
  • Pactiv LLC
  • Pacific Pulp Molding, Inc.
  • Thermoformed Engineered Quality LLC (TEQ)
  • Moulded Fiber Product Ltd.
  • Genpak, LLC
  • Huhtamäki Oyj
  • Henry Moulded Products, Inc.
  • Brodrene Hartmann A/S
  • Eco-Products, Inc.
  • Innova Packaging LLC
  • Keyes Packaging Group
  • EnviroPAK Corporation

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2023 USD 5.8 Billion
Market size value in 2033 USD 12.4 Billion
CAGR (2024 to 2033) 7.9%
Historical data 2020-2022
Base Year 2023
Forecast 2024-2033
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Source,  Moulded Type, Product

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the molded pulp packaging market was valued at USD 5.8 billion in 2023 to USD 12.4 billion by 2033.

The global moulded pulp packaging market is growing at a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period 2024-2033.

Asia Pacific emerged as the largest moulded pulp packaging market.

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This study forecasts global, regional, and country revenue from 2020 to 2033. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global moulded pulp packaging market based on the below-mentioned segments:

Global Moulded Pulp Packaging Market By Source:

  • Non-wood Pulp
  • Wood Pulp

Global Moulded Pulp Packaging Market By Molded Type:

  • Transfer
  • Processed
  • Thick Wall
  • Thermoformed

Global Moulded Pulp Packaging Market By Product:

  • End Caps
  • Clamshells
  • Trays
  • Bowls & Cups
  • Plates
  • Others

Global Moulded Pulp Packaging Market By Region:                 

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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