Packaging printing equipment plays an important role in distinguishing products and enhancing their visual appeal. Creative labelling can further improve the overall and finished look of a package. Choosing the correct printing and labelling solution is, therefore, essential to creating effective customised and personalised packaging.

Finding packaging printing companies and food packaging printing solution providers

Packaging Gateway has listed leading providers of packaging printing services, including food packaging printing and flexible packaging printing solutions. The list includes suppliers of digital printing presses and systems, flexible converting processes, printing inks and coatings, customised labels and labelling solutions, colour management and proofing solutions, and coding and marking systems.

The information in the download document is intended for printing specialists, packaging developers and designers, printing supervisors, printing and packaging quality control executives, and product managers.

The document contains detailed information on the suppliers and their products, alongside contact details, to inform your purchasing decision.

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Packaging printing and flexible packaging printing methods

The printing on a product package helps it stand out from the competition and add value to the product. There are several packaging printing methods that can be used to develop creative product packaging.

Lithography printing is the most common packaging printing method and can be used for all types of packaging materials. It is especially used in the printing of corrugated packaging. Flexographic packaging printing, which is used for flexible packaging, is growing in popularity due to the advantages it offers. Digital or inkjet printing is one of the most versatile printing solutions, having a range of applications and quick turnaround times. Rotogravure printing is mostly used for high-volume printing applications such as flexible stand-up pouches and folding cartons.

Printing equipment and machines commonly used within the packaging industry include inkjet printers, thermal transfer printing machines, rotogravure printing machines, ultraviolet (UV) inkjet printing machines, cardboard printing machines and double-sided printing machines.

Labelling equipment and solutions for packaging

The labelling on a package provides vital information for consumers such as ingredients, usage instructions and expiry dates. Labelling also helps in creating brand recognition using brand logos, which makes products easier to identify.

Several types of labels can be used for packaging, including:

  • Shrink labels
  • Pressure-sensitive labels
  • Dry-peel labels
  • In-mould labels
  • Reseal labels
  • Thermal labels

Types of labelling machines include vertical sticker labelling machines, automated side labelling machines, ampoule or vial labelling machines, hologram or security labelling machines, double-side labelling machines, shrink sleeve applicators, bottle sticker label machines, and self-adhesive labelling machines.