In recent years, the production of corrugated cardboard in Japan has continued to increase. As early as 1987, more than 30 years ago, Japan's corrugated cardboard output exceeded 10 billion square meters. It was 14.22 billion square meters in 2017 and 14.4 billion square meters in 2018, and it is expected that it will continue to grow in 2019. From 2010, the production of corrugated cardboard in Japan will increase for 10 consecutive years. Since 2016, the highest production record has been set for 4 consecutive years. Japan is the world's third largest producer of corrugated cardboard, with output ranking behind China and the United States.
Statistics on Japan's Corrugated Paperboard Production from 1998 to 2019
According to the Japan Corrugated Board Association's forecast, in 2019 Japan's corrugated board output will be 14.6 billion square meters, an increase of 1.3% over the previous year. The year-on-year growth rate from January to March 2019 was 1.1%, the year-on-year increase from April to September was 1.9%, and the year-on-year growth from October to December was 0.3%. Corrugated boxes are widely used in the packaging of various commodities, of which corrugated boxes for food packaging have the highest proportion. More than half of corrugated cardboard boxes consumed in Japan are used for food packaging. In 2010 and 2015, the proportion of corrugated cardboard boxes for food packaging was 57.4% and 56.5%, respectively, and 55.5% in 2018. Among them, processed food packaging corrugated cardboard boxes accounted for 40.9%, fruit and vegetable packaging corrugated cardboard boxes accounted for 10.3%, and other food packaging corrugated cardboard boxes accounted for 4.3%. In 2019, the growth rate of Japanese processed food packaging corrugated boxes is expected to be 1.5%, the growth rate of fruit and vegetable packaging corrugated boxes is 0.5%, and the growth rate of other food packaging corrugated boxes is 1%. The growth rate of corrugated cardboard boxes for electrical appliances and mechanical appliances increased by 1%, and that of mail order moving houses with corrugated cardboard boxes increased by 4%.