American Industry Overview: Sanitary and Tissue Paper Products

This classification covers establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing sanitary paper products from purchased paper, such as facial tissues and handkerchiefs, table napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, disposable diapers, and sanitary napkins and tampons.

Industry Snapshot

The sanitary paper products industry manufactures paper into finished products with sanitary applications. There are three broad subcategories within the sanitary paper products industry: disposable diapers, which was the largest segment; sanitary tissue paper products; and sanitary napkins and tampons. Other industry products include adult incontinence products and baby wipes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, shipment values in the sanitary paper products industry were approximately $10.4 billion in 2007. Figures from Supplier Relations US LLC showed that industry revenues reached $10.7 billion in 2008. The United States exported $1.4 billion worth of products in this category that year, and imports were worth $1.7 billion.