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Forest Products, Paper, and Packaging

Forest product industries must stretch from their roots to create new products, adopt new ways of doing business, and seek out new ventures. BCG has the industry knowledge, global reach, and tools to help.

Changing times mean changing practices, products, and organization structures for the forest product, paper, and packaging industries. Each one must adapt to thrive in a challenging environment, with digital communications overpowering print media, pressure to cut costs through optimized operations, and intense attention focused on sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship.

To evolve, forest product companies must look to conserve resources and energy while maximizing output. Paper manufacturing companies need to seek out new applications for their products. Packaging companies must accommodate growing interest in paper-based alternatives to plastic. And all companies must embrace digital technologies to improve manufacturing, supply chains, and other processes.

BCG uses its deep knowledge of the forest product, paper, and packaging industries to establish the long-term client partnerships needed to navigate this transformation journey. We assist clients of all types by combining sector know-how, business function expertise, global coverage, and digital capabilities.

Our Client Impact in Forest Products


BCG Solutions in the Forest Product, Paper, and Packaging Industry

In addition to our proprietary sector knowledge, BCG brings ready-to-use market models, toolkits, and databases to its work with forest product, paper, and packaging clients. Project work spans key functional topics, including:

  • Digital transformation
  • Operations, including people and organization
  • Corporate development and strategy
  • Manufacturing and process improvements, including predictive maintenance and smart-factory systems
  • Sales planning
  • Supply chain
  • New business opportunities, including new ventures, partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions

For work that involves digital transformation for forest products, our industry experts work hand in hand with digital experts from BCG X, BCG’s tech build and design unit. BCG X brings together advanced tech knowledge and ambitious entrepreneurship to help organizations launch their next big bets and enable innovation at scale. Its global team of world-class technologists, scientists, programmers, engineers, and designers includes experts in advanced analytics, AI, digital solutions, launching or investing in a new business, and much more.

The BCG forest products consulting team also collaborates with other experts in the firm on issues related to sustainability, forest building materials, operations, marketing, and sales and pricing.

Our Insights on the Forest Products, Paper, and Packaging Industry

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