The packaging industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by automation, recyclability, and increasing the shelf life of the product and growing importance of technologies such as biodegradable packaging, Internet of Packaging, and active packaging. In the last three years alone, there have been over 427,000 patents filed and granted in the packaging industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Internet of Things in packaging: automated tissue dispenser.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 77,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the packaging industry, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Automated tissue dispenser is a key innovation area in Internet of Things
An automated tissue dispenser operates using a motion sensor, which dispenses paper towels for the purpose of drying the hands after washing.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 70+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established packaging companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of automated tissue dispenser.
Key players in automated tissue dispenser – a disruptive innovation in the packaging industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to automated tissue dispenser
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Kimberly-Clark is one of the leading patent filers in automated tissue dispenser. Some other key patent filers in the automated tissue dispenser space include Daio Paper, Unicharm, and Procter & Gamble. Recently, Kimberly-Clark introduced a new dispenser and hand towel recycling scheme with an aim to reduce waste to landfills. Under this scheme, the company will help businesses to recycle their old dispensers and used hand towels.
In terms of application diversity, Essity leads the pack, while Samsung Group and Sca Tissue France stand in the second and third positions, respectively. By geographic reach, Johnson & Johnson holds the top position, followed by Munchkin and Reckitt Benckiser Group.
Automated tissue dispenser will potentially become an important aspect in the packaging industry. With consumers looking for greater safety and hygiene, this packaging format will gain popularity.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the packaging industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Internet of Things (IoT) in Packaging.