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The Future of Corrugated—Lots of Opportunity and Lots of Choices!

One of the more active growth areas for print service providers and of digital printing equipment development is corrugated, and for good reason. Estimates of corrugated shipments in North America are in excess of 420 billion square feet and growing. Estimates for three or more color “high graphics” corrugated production is growing as well with actual output for 2019 anticipated to have 20%–30% share of the overall corrugated volume. Overall, this is an exciting market with a lot of growth potential.


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About David Zwang

David Zwang travels around the globe helping companies increase their productivity, margins and market reach. He specializes in production optimization, strategic business planning, market analysis, and related services to companies in the vertical media communications market. Clients have included printers, manufacturers, retailers, publishers, premedia and US Government agencies. He can be reached at [email protected].


By Kevin Karstedt on Jan 14, 2020

David, you are right, there is a lot of activity going on in the corrugated space around digital printing. Karstedt Partners has been involved in bringing actionable intelligence and information to those in the industry for a long time and one of the things we continually heard was there is not enough valid information out there to make informed decisions. We decided early in 2019 to do something about that and after speaking to many converters and suppliers we launched our benchmarking study. It has been greatly received by the industry so far. I invite anyone interested in becoming part of the study or subscribing to the reports to contact me directly. I can be reached at [email protected] or +1 716-992-2017.


By David L. Zwang on Jan 14, 2020

Kevin... thanks for your help in pulling this together. I am looking forward to continuing this discussion leading up to drupa!



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