Statistics, news & updates: everything you need to know about the Paper & Print Industry in India


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  • COVID-19 Impact
  • Industry Clusters
  • Growth Drivers
  • Key Players
  • Market Stats
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India’s Paper and Print Industries show large potential. Demand for paper is growing, also due to an increase in demand for packaged products. Resources for the paper market are limited, but domestic production is increasing. The paper industry of India is providing employment to 400,000 people directly and 1.5 million indirectly. Paper consumption in India is approximately 15 million tonnes per annum. In addition, it is expected to reach 23.5 tonnes per annum by 2025. Some of the paper mills are existing for several decades, which make up-gradation and investments into newer machinery necessary. This opens up opportunities for manufacturing companies in the sector.

The print market in India is growing as well. This is mainly because of the growing demand for high-qualitative products. In fact, the print machinery production registered a year-on-year growth of 20% in the last few years. Besides, the two sectors projected to grow the most are packaging and published printing.

COVID Impact

COVID had a huge impact on the paper and print industry would be an understatement. The paper and printing industry is going through a steep decline in volume because of its reliance on the education sector, commercial and promotional printing. 37.6% of businesses in India are implementing cost containment initiatives while 25.8% of businesses are modifying their financial plans to address the economic woes they faced. However, 28.9% of businesses were deferring or canceling their planned investments.

With schools and colleges focus on virtual learning. With each and every institution and organization’s focus on cost-cutting, a lot of many colleges have opted for e-books which are cheaper than the printed books. Similarly, the demand for diaries, brochures, catalogs has been impacted because a lot of companies have gone digital.

Exhibitions, which were major aspects of this industry was deeply affected. These annual exhibitions in India and abroad, provide manufacturers to showcase their innovations and also a place for printers to see new technologies of their peers.  The physical exhibitions are replaced with hybrid exhibitions following the Coronavirus guidelines so that those who are unable to travel can also be a part of such trade shows.

Map – Industry Clusters

Map- Industry Clusters - Paper and Print

Growth Drivers

  • Paper demand to grow at 6.7%. It is expected to reach 20.8 million tonnes in the fiscal year 2020-21.
  • Printing and writing segment demand is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5%. It is expected to reach 5.8 million tonnes in the fiscal year 2020-21.
  • Paper consumption is forecasted to increase by 7.6% per year in the coming years.
  • India embraces 15th rank among paper manufacturing nations in the world.
  • Demand for Packaging Paper & Board segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.9%. It is expected to reach 11.1 million tonnes in FY21.

Key Players in India


  • Trident Group, Brother, Thomson Press


  • Ballarpur Industries, Sirpur Paper Mills, West Coast Paper Mills, Pragati, Khanna Papers, JK Paper Ltd., Orient Paper&Industries Ltd., International Paper APPM Ltd., Anderson Printing House, ITC

Market Stats

  • The value of the print industry across the country was $4.33 billion as of the fiscal year 2019. Further, this is expected to go up to almost $5.8 billion by the fiscal year 2024.
  • The demand for domestic paper in India rose from 9.3 million tonnes in FY08 to 17.1 million tonnes in FY18.
  • The newsprint demand is expected to reach 2.7 million tonnes in FY21.
  • The domestic consumption of paper is forecasted to rise to 23.50 million tonnes per annum by 2024-25. Keeping an optimistic scenario, it could even rise to 36.90 million tonnes per annum by 2024-25.
  • The Indian paper & paper products market is projected to grow from $ 8.6 billion in 2018 to $ 13.4 billion by 2024, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.8% during 2019-2024.
  • The growth of the Indian Printing Industry is at a rate of 12% per annum.
  • 10-year forecasted CAGR for Paper Industry is 7% to 8%.
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