Inside Packaging- Issue 5

Printing has always been an integral part of packaging and branding, with the value of the digital printing market within the packaging industry set to grow to almost £12.5bn by 2015. Over the last few years technology, too, has accelerated, generating ever better, high-tech printers and inks.

In this issue we explore the most exciting packaging printing trends that are transforming the quality and efficiency of tomorrow’s packaging, such as printed electronics, 4D packaging and thermal inkjet printing.

We take a look at flexo printing and find out whether it is the solution to the consistent, rapidly delivered and cost-efficient packaging brand owners are searching for. We also investigate the latest developments in inks, looking at active and conductive inks as well as new components and processes used to make inks more eco-friendly.

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In this issue

Tech Trends
Advanced printing technologies are making packaged products more striking and vivid than ever before. We profile the printers and inks that are transforming the quality and efficiency of tomorrow’s packaging.
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Watch This Space
There are still obstacles standing in the way of printed electronics entering the packaging scene but, as Chris Lo finds out, impressive progress has already been made in areas such as nanotechnology and conductive ink.
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Pressing Ahead
The market value of digital printing in the packaging sector is set to reach £12.5bn by 2015. Pira International’s Neil Falconer explains how digital presses could revolutionise packaging supply chains.
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A Splash of Green
The improving performance of eco-friendly ink is making waves in the printing and packaging world. Chris Lo explores how water-based, biodegradable and UV curing methods are gradually turning ink green.
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The Missing Ink
Raw material supply issues led to a colossal increase in the price of packaging inks last year. Elly Earls speaks to Pira International’s Sean Smyth, Sun Chemical’s Felipe Mellado and BPIF Carton’s Neal Whipp about creative solutions to calm this volatile commodity.
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Flex Appeal
Brand owners and retailers alike are searching for consistent, rapidly delivered and cost-efficient packaging. Elly Earls finds out why flexo printing could be the solution.
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Next issue: August 2012

Today’s packaging material is expected to play a greater role in product integrity and sustainability than ever. Amid huge financial pressure and a widespread consumer demand for greener and more sustainable products, the packaging industry is in a constant race to save production materials and costs.

In the next issue we explore the world of polymers, plants and plastics to reveal some of the industry’s best and brightest ‘green’ packaging materials. We also look at promising innovations in the flexible packaging market and find out how flexible materials could open the door to bold new design ideas.

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