Corrugated board industry
in france

The french corrugated board industry means


production sites

11 600

40 000
direct, indirect, and induced jobs

2017 market

€ 2.969 billion in turnover
+2.5% compared to 2016

2.847 million tons
+0.1% compared to 2016

5.53 billion m²
+2% compared to 2016

Market structure

Distribution of corrugated cardboard sales

  • Converted corrugated cardboard
  • Plates of rolls corrugated cardboard

Client markets:
uses of corrugated cardboard packaging

  • Agribusiness
  • Consumer goods
  • Intermediary goods
  • Capital goods
  • Others

France’s position within Europe and globally
France is in third place in Europe behind Germany and Italy and in sixth place globally.

Sales by European countries 2016 (1000t)

Source FEFCO 2016 

Sales across the world (millions m2)

Source ICCA 2016 

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Trends in 2017

French corrugated cardboard industry sales

France ran a trade deficit in the corrugated cardboard packaging market.
Almost 90% of French cardboard packaging imports come from European countries, notably Germany, Italy, Spain and Belgium (Source: Industrie du carton ondulé – report on the corrugated cardboard industry/Douanes).

Foreign trade in 2016
398 KT imported, + 11.15% compared to 2016
225 KT exported, + 3.7% compared to 2016

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