Paper thin: Strong and rising import competition has caused margins to crumple

The Paper Stationery Manufacturing industry has declined over the past five years, as subdued demand conditions and rising competition from imports have negatively affected revenue. The increasing popularity of online and digital forms of communication has come at the expense of traditional letter-based mail, reducing demand for industry staples such as envelopes. Alternative materials such as plastics and fibres have also replaced paper in many applications. While the industry has moved towards providing products that complement digital technologies, such as printing paper, register rolls and labels, the rising competitive pressures from imports, online platforms and substitute products have limited demand for industry goods over the past five more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Import competition and weak demand have been challenging for industry operators
  • Manufacturers have focused on increasing automation to reduce their labour requirements
  • Revenue is forecast to decline due to increasing import penetration and falling domestic demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Paper Stationery Manufacturing industry has a moderate level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on wages, industry operators are expected to spend an estimated $0.21 on capital in 2018-19. Over the past five years, wage costs have declined as a proportion of revenue. This is reflective of the trend of industry operators reducing employee numbers to minimise expenses, and the computerisation of manufacturing processes leading to a reduction in labour dependency.Capital investment has increased over this period. Declining industry revenue has forced industry operators to increase efficiency, consequently increasing the importance of capital investment. Ong...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Paper Stationery Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Paper Stationery Manufacturing are:

  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Access to niche markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from paper product wholesaling and Household consumption expenditure in the Paper Stationery Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Paper Stationery Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry operators purchase paper and paperboard from mills and process it into a range of office, educational and personal paper stationery products. Industry products include writing and filing materials, print and copy paper, paper labels, paperboard games and toys, playing cards and similar products.

    Industry Products
  • Office stationery
  • Envelopes
  • Labels
  • Industry Activities
  • Paper label (excluding adhesive)
  • Office paper
  • Personal stationery
  • Paperboard game
  • Paperboard toy
  • Playing cards
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from paper product wholesaling
  • Household consumption expenditure
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Demand from school education
  • Mobile internet connections

  • Current Performance
  • Trading Conditions
  • Import competition
  • Profitability
  • Technological substitutes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Influencing trends
  • Profitability
  • International trade
  • Table: Paper Stationery Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Paper Stationery Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Printing
  • Paper Product Wholesaling
  • Department Stores
  • Newsagents and Book Retailers
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Paper Product Wholesaling
  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Office stationery
  • Envelopes
  • Other
  • Labels
  • Chart: Paper Stationery Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Other industries
  • Export markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Paper Stationery Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Paper Stationery Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Paper Stationery Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Paper Australia Pty Ltd, Avery Dennison Australia Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Paper Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Avery Dennison Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Paper Stationery Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Paper Stationery Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Chemical Pulp
  • Chemical pulp is produced by mixing woodchips and chemicals in large containers known as digesters, which break down the cellulose fibres.
  • Effluent
  • Wastewater discharge from industrial facilities.
  • High-Fidelity Printing
  • High-fidelity colour printing uses additional process inks, such as orange and green, to reproduce more of the colour spectrum.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • Retailers, and other consumers, purchasing directly from manufacturers, as opposed to buying through a wholesaler.
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