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

Paper-Print-Industry-Expertise in India
  • Summary
  • Industry Clusters
  • Growth Drivers
  • Key Players
  • Market Stats


India’s Paper and Print Industries show large potential. Demand for paper is growing, also due to an increase of demand in 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 (TPA) but is expected to reach 23.5 TPA  by 2025.  Some of the paper mills are existing since 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, mainly because of growing demand for high-qualitative products. The print machinery production registered a year-on-year growth of 20% in the last few years. The two sectors projected to grow the most are packaging and published printing.

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Map – Industry Clusters

Map- Industry Clusters - Paper and Print

Growth Drivers

  • Forecasted demand for paper in 2025 is 23,5 million tons
  • 100% FDI allowed under the automatic route in some of the industry segments
  • Exempt of customs duty for newsprint and uncoated paper
  • Paper consumption forecasted to increase by 7.6% per year in the coming years
  • Within packaging printing, the fastest growing sub-sectors are label and tag printing

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

  • 10-year forecasted CAGR for Paper Industry is 7-8%
  • India has climbed from the eighth largest market in 2011 to fifth in 2016 of the print packaging industry
  • Package Printing is forecasted to make up 43% of the Print Industry in 2017
  • Indian Paper Industry accounts for 3% of the world’s Paper production
  • 3D-Printer market expected to cross $79 Million by 2021 at a CAGR of 28.5 % from 2016 to 2022
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