Envelope Paper Market Analysis by Material (Pulp, Fiber, Synthetic, Colored & Specialty Paper, and Others); by Type (Open Sided, and Open Ended); by Stiffness (Hard, and Soft); by End-user (Commercial, and Personal); and by Thickness (>70 GSM, >100 GSM, and >150 GSM) – Global Supply & Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023-2033

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Report ID: 4656 | Published On: Jan 30, 2023

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Inflation and Looming Recession to Haunt Businesses:

In 2022 & 2023, market players expected to sail in rough waters; might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain. Further, U.S. economy is expected to grow merely by 3% in 2022. Purchasing power in the country is expected to fell nearly by 2.5%.
On the other hand, European countries to see the worst coming in the form of energy crisis especially in upcoming winters!! Right after COVID-19, inflation has started gripping the economies across the globe. Higher than anticipated inflation, especially in western world had raised concerns for national banks and financial institutions to control the economic loss and safeguard the interest of the businesses. Increased interest rates, strong USD inflated oil prices, looming prices for gas and energy resources due to Ukraine-Russia conflict, China economic slowdown (~4% in 2022) disrupting the production and global supply chain and other factors would impact each industry negatively.

In The News

  • Koehler Paper SE partners with Voith paper to further decarbonization and sustainability goals, along with becoming more energy-efficient. Both companies have had a successful business relationship for several years. Koehler Paper SE has also implemented many projects together, for instance, pioneering production line 8 in Kehl.

  • Mohawk Fine Papers Inc., a renowned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes, to get approval for its paper from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for labeling and food packaging. The paper manufactured by Mohwak Fine Paper Inc. has been capable of use as an Indirect Food Additive (IFA).

Global Envelope Paper Market Definition

Envelope paper is utilized to make the rectangular paper used as a container and is flat folded. The standard use of an envelope was to send letters, and on the other hand, in modern times, it has several other verticals. There are mainly six types of grades applied to the production of envelopes that is tear-resistant, surface- enhanced white wove, specialty, Kraft, recycled, and wove. Wove is made from tiny fibers, and has a smooth appearance, while Kraft paper is robust and has long fibers. Surfaced enhanced white wove is also known as calendarized paper and is generally used for heavy ink designs.

Additionally, specialty papers are found in multiple textures, finishes, colors, and weights. Furthermore, there are so many papers envelope-making machines available on the market, and many of them are fully automated. Envelope paper has a wide range of uses, such as official letters, document containers, packaging, and others. Along with technological advancement, the trend of custom-made envelopes is further growing since they are more professional, presentable, and personalized.

Envelope paper is also used in origami, and letter envelopes are still being circulated for communication, especially for legal documentation. Moreover, post envelopes are used to circulate documents and other items. Envelope paper along with envelope templates provides a marvelous look to the mail. 

Global Envelope Paper Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 3,200 Million

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

~ USD 4,000 Million

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Global Envelope Paper Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2033

The global envelope paper market is estimated to garner a revenue of USD 4,000 Million by the end of 2033 by growing at a CAGR of ~2% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2033. Further, the market generated a revenue of ~ USD 3,200 Million in the year 2022. The growth of the market can be attributed to the increasing utilization of envelope paper for various applications such as postal, gifts, packaging, and others. Furthermore, the growth of the market is also expected to grow on the back of growth in paper production. For instance, according to the data provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2022, the number of paper products used in the U.S. over the past 20 years has increased by 126%, from 92 million tons to 208 million tons.

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Since, it is a common product used in daily life owing to the increase of industrialization, education, and commercial activities, envelope paper is well known to all people. Even though an envelope is merely a folded piece of paper intended to hold a flat object such as a card or letter, it is a frequent packing item and a crucial component of a country's communications infrastructure. To send letters, cards, or documents via postal mail services, envelope paper is typically utilized. There are numerous varieties of envelope paper available on the market. The way the paper is used varies depending on the applications, including commercial, and personal. For instance, about 129 million envelopes were sold in the U.S. in 2021.

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Global Envelope Paper Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Demand for Envelope Paper in the Postal Industry – Envelopes have a steadfast demand across the globe, especially in the postal industry. According to statistics, over a billion envelopes are produced and sent across the globe every year.

The postal industry has a higher demand for envelope paper since it delivers letters, greeting cards, and official documents, such as credit cards, debit cards, and others, directly to the respective person in physical form. Hence, such a higher demand is expected to hike the market growth over the forecast period.

  • Rising Utilization in the E-Commerce Industry – The last decade has witnessed e-commerce becoming one of the largest industries in the world. With e-commerce companies looking for sustainable packaging solutions, paper envelopes have found their way easily into the e-commerce industry. For instance, over 5 trillion USD worth of sales were recorded in the e-commerce industry globally in 2021.

  • Increasing Requirement for Ceremonial Purposes and Gifting – Decorative paper envelopes have been used as a gift item for a long time. According to statistics, over 80% of people believe that social media cannot replace greeting cards. Every year, around 6 billion greeting cards are bought by Americans. An estimated USD 8 billion in greeting card retail sales occur each year.

  • Increasing Awareness of the Uses of Plastic – Plastic as a packaging material is being globally discouraged, and this has led paper to become an easy alternative to plastic packaging materials. For instance, over 90% of used plastic is not recycled around the globe.

  • Escalating Requirement for Sending Important Documents - Paper envelopes are commonly used to send important documents, by both private and government parties. For instance, in India, Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards are sent via postal service in a paper envelope to the concerned individuals. In 2018, over 19 million PAN cards were registered in India.


  • Rising Use of Digital Documents and Paperwork

Digital transformation in every sector has replaced the use of paper in everything from small transactions to notaries, and storage of legal documentation is now done using the internet. Such a higher prevalence of digitalization backed by the up-surged utilization of the internet is projected to hamper the market growth over the forecast period

  • High Use of Energy in the Paper Industry
  • High Competition Among Major Market Players

 Market Segmentation

The global envelope paper market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by end-user into personal and commercial. Out of these segments, the commercial segment is estimated to gain the largest market share over the projected time frame. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the higher prevalence of e-commerce across the globe that uses envelope papers to distribute the products among the people. Moreover, commercial use of a product includes advertising, marketing, and promotion by businesses. It is one of the major components in the marketing of envelope paper. For instance, retail e-commerce sales are projected to grow by over 53% by 2026 globally.

The global envelope paper market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by material into pulp, fiber, synthetic, colored & specialty paper, and others. Amongst these three segments, the colored & specialty paper segment is expected to garner a significant share. The growth of the market can be attributed to the higher utilization of specialty paper since it is available in multiple colors, textures, finishes, and weights. Specialty papers are also tear-resistant and comprise intriguing features. For instance, in 2021, the consumption of specialty papers is estimated to be around 55 million tons worldwide.

Our in-depth analysis of the global envelope paper market includes the following segments:


    By Material

  • Pulp
  • Fiber
  • Synthetic
  • Colored & Specialty Paper
  • Others

     By Type

  • Open Sided
  • Open Ended

     By Stiffness

  • Hard
  • Soft

      By End-User

  • Commercial
  • Personal

     By Thickness

  • 70 GSM
  • >100 GSM
  • >150 GSM

Global Envelope Paper Market Regional Synopsis

The Asia Pacific envelope paper market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033. The growth of the market can be attributed to higher consumption of paper, backed by the presence of multiple documents in form of paper in several government and private organizations. For instance, China is estimated to nearly 100 million tons of paper consumption every year. Furthermore, a rise in the regional population is also estimated to propel market growth over the forecast period. As of 2021, the population of India alone is estimated to hit approximately USD 1 billion which accounts for approximately USD 3 trillion of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). As the population rises, the demand for envelope paper is still set to rise owing to the current utilization of envelope paper for several purposes, such as official documentation, postal uses, and others. For instance, in 2023, the domestic postal mail volume of Japan was ascribed to nearly 20 billion items, while approximately 25 million items were internationally dispatched via postal mail. Hence, such factors are estimated to boost the growth of the market over the forecast period.


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Top Featured Companies Dominating the Global Envelope Paper Market

    • JK Paper Ltd.

      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Moorim Paper Co. Ltd.
    • Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc.
    • Koehler Paper SE
    • Packman Packaging Private Limited.
    • Cosmo papers
    • Sangal Papers Ltd.
    • Kuvert Polska Spolka z o.o.
    • Mayer-Kuvert-network GmbH & Co. KG

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the envelope paper market?

Ans: Growing demand for envelope paper in the postal industry is the major factor driving the market growth.

2) What would be the CAGR of envelope paper market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~2% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2033.

3) What are the challenges affecting the envelope paper market growth?

Ans: Rising use of digital documents and paperwork is estimated to be the growth hindering factor for the market expansion.

4) Which region will provide more business opportunities for growth of envelope paper market in future?

Ans: The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

5) Who are the major players dominating the envelope paper market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Moorim Paper Co. Ltd., Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., Koehler Paper SE, Packman Packaging Private Limited., Cosmo papers, Sangal Papers Ltd., TOMPLA INDUSTRIA INTERNACIONAL DEL ENVELOPE, SL, Kuvert Polska Spolka z o.o., and others.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the envelope paper market?

Ans: The market is segmented by materials, type, stiffness, end-user, thickness, and region.

8) Which segment captures the largest market size in the end-user segment in the envelope paper market?

Ans: The commercial segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.

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