U.S. Converting Market

Status, trends and participants related to the converting of web-based materials such as paper, film, foil and nonwovens

Converting involves web-based materials such as paper, film, foil, nonwovens and/or laminations of two or more substrates.
Since converted materials are used in so many products and settings, the U.S. converting industry seems to be performing somewhat better than the economy as a whole. In fact the outlook for the U.S. converting industry is quite positive with a forecast of a 4% annual growth rate through the end of the decade.
Packaging ranks as the largest user of converted materials and is benefiting from growth in flexible packaging, particularly pouches. Other major applications include pressure-sensitive materials, displays for electronic devices, window film and photovoltaics. Future growth will come from markets in early stages of development like active/intelligent packaging and printed electronics.
The U.S. converting industry consists of hundreds of large and small converters, related suppliers and original equipment manufacturers, which specialize in converting-related equipment. Firms described in this report provide a glimpse at the breadth of the industry.
The industry also benefits from a number of related trade associations, publications/portals, academic programs and trade shows, which provide forums for technology advancements and exchange of information about best practices.