Expanding Internet and mail order catalog sales will help protective packaging demand increase nearly 5% annually to $3 billion in 2006. That’s according to The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm.

Demand for foamed and plastic protective packaging will expand, especially for products such as electronics and instrumentation.

Protective mailer demand will rise 4.7% per year, while inflatable bag demand will grow at a double-digit pace. These and other related trends are presented in Protective Packaging, a 170-page study available for $3꺜. Call 440/684-9600 for details, or visit www.freedonia

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