The Global market for Kraft Paper was valued at US$ 14,818.6 million in 2017. The Global Kraft Paper market is forecast to expand at CAGR of 3.9%. Kraft Paper is produced by Kraft (chemical) pulp, has high toughness handling capacity and printability. Kraft Paper is widely used in the packaging industry, by converting it into bags, pouches, wrapping papers, cans, cartons, corrugated sheets including others. Kraft pulp, which is used for the manufacturing of Kraft Paper, is comparatively darker than other than other wood pulps.
Kraft Paper can be bleached to improve its brightness and is also used for the purpose of handling heavy duty items. Kraft pulping technology has better performance than other pulping technologies which implies its usage, it is employed in approximately 80% of the total paper production. Kraft Paper is available with different characteristics across the world which includes sack Kraft Paper and specialty Kraft Paper. The demand for customization is increasing due to growing consumer bargaining power and improving technical specification qualities.
Specialty Kraft Paper basically includes two types of paper: machine glazed and machine finished Kraft Paper. Machine glazed papers are used for packaging of end use based products, which has high consumer appeal. Machine glazed paper applications ranges from consumer goods to fat-resistant papers, fast food markets, barrier paper for butter & other dairy packaging among others.
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The Global Kraft Paper market is segmented as per basis weight, product type, grade type, finish type, application and end use. There are a variety of Kraft Papers available in wide range of basis weight, which basically tells about the density of Kraft Paper. Thickness of Kraft Paper affects its applications, and usually increment in its thickness improves its quality. Sack & specialty Kraft Papers are available in different thickness options & finishing type, which enhances their performance capabilities.
Kraft Paper can be used without bleaching or it can be bleached to improve its dullness. Bleached Kraft Paper has less effect of Ultra-violet rays on its brightness and breaking length. Bleached Kraft Paper also has better properties as compared to unbleached Kraft Paper. Unbleached Kraft Paper is used for industrial purpose or to handle large and bulky items.