Growth for the global labels market

The Future of Labels and Release Liners to 2021Economic, lifestyle changes and the focus on sustainable packaging will drive market growth by 5.4% annually during the period 2016-21 to $44.8 billion, according to a new report by Smithers Pira.
In "The Future of Labels and Release Liners to 2021"  Smithers Pira’s analysis shows label market growth is being driven by economic, social, demographic and lifestyle changes, brand owners’ increasing focus on source reduction and sustainable packaging, consumer demand for convenience food, and the growing presence of large retail chains. Label market demand is also being driven by the relatively low cost with which labelling can be replaced or changed; and a continuing need for barcodes and other secondary packaging applications that support food safety and pharmaceutical compliance issues.

Drinks markets are dominating label consumption; alcoholic drinks are the main end-use market for labels, accounting for a projected 27.5% share of global label consumption in 2016. The alcoholic drinks market growth is supported by the booming hospitality and tourism industries in large cities, the influence of western culture on young people in emerging economies, and increasing disposable incomes among the growing middle class in Asia.

“The outlook for label market growth will be negatively influenced by an expectation of moderate global economic growth over the forecast period.” states Dan Rogers, head of publishing at Smithers Pira. “The emerging and developing economies are forecast to grow at twice the rate of advanced countries and offer the best opportunities for label market growth.”

The growing trend for sustainability in packaging and labelling means linerless labelling systems are gaining in popularity, because they eliminate the need for non-recyclable release liners, and the absence of backing material means that reel changes are quicker and easier. Linerless technology also provides full-colour, high-end graphics, together with the option to print on the back of the label for promotional, coupon and instructional applications. Linerless labels also eliminate waste and reduce cost associated with label production.

For more information about this report, click HERE or sent an email to Julie Bostock.

Focus on logistics and intralogistics

image[3]REVIPACK N.º 230 features a report about the new beer bottling plant of UNICER and its new automated warehouse. This major industrial investment includes technological solutions from KHS (bottling lines), warehouse automation (EFACEC) and drives (SEW-EURODRIVE).
This edition is focused on logistics and intralogistics. Why wood pallets continue to be preferred? The answer lies in the combination of quality, price and sustainability, says Paulo Verdasca, manager of MADECA. CHEP highlights the economic and environmental advantages of collaborative transportation.
However, there is also a market for plastic pallets, with specific solutions as those developed by NORTPALET and IPS-Cabka.
Palletizing is more than just put the product on a pallet. This edition of REVIPACK also highlights strapping systems and stretch wrapping films. REMBALCOM has developed a new stretch film with stretching capacity of 400%.
In the field of intralogistics, this issue highlights several conveying solutions. ANTÍPODA, for example, is doing more and more business within the European market with modular solutions customer designed.
In this edition, REVIPACK also features several innovations and trends in food packaging, packaging machines and labeling and coding systems.
The digital REVIPACK edition (PDF file) has been sent to Subscribers. To read it online just on the cover image.

Stretch, not scratch

imageStratus Packaging launched IXcode, a new solution to increase the security of pin numbers. Often employed today by banks, the system based on scratch-off silver inks printred over the pin numbers lays itself open to pin code theft through, for example, heating the scratch-off inks to make the number visible.
Awarded a prize for innovation in the FINAT International Label Competition, Stratus Packaging’s IXcode label  makes a substantial change to the structure of the label laminate that contains the pin number and anchors it to the base document. One of the laminate components constitutes a stretchable ‘tongue’, which is then covered by tiny particles of black ink. By stretching the tongue, the customer can make the pin number appear as the tiny ink particles are dispersed and disappear. The stretchable material, however, will not shrink back to its original state, and cannot be replaced, so ready evidence of tampering is available to the customer. The complex laminate – which involved extensive testing of different materials, adhesives, and inks and more than 100 hours of proving trials – effectively deters the efforts of the pin code thieves by making it impossible to conceal the fact that the label has been previously disturbed.

Is it still a label?

image_thumbThe "1991", designed by Coreti (La Coruña, Spain) blows up the old rules. It is sophisticated, but without ink! Instead of the print, the paper is embossed and cutted. The whiteness of the paper and the darkness of the bottle make the contrast. Insufficient information? No way. The cutting makes a QR code, readable by any smartphone to give access to complete information. This "technologic" functionality is suitable to get the attention of such consumers more accustomed to this kind of "gadgets". But there’s more. Thanks to an easy vertical rip, the label turns into a…handle! This nomad function requires more resistance and, so, the paper is reinforced with polypropylene. Is this still a label? Whatever the answer might be, next November Coreti will receive a Liderpack Award for the concept.

Coding and traceability at Packology

Indicod-Ecr, the Italian association for the development of coding standards, will be present at Packology with a display featuring the latest innovations. Training sessions for gaining greater depth on the subject are also under consideration. The trade event organised by UCIMA and Rimini Fiera will held in Rimini from the 11th to the 14th of June.
Machines and technological solutions will be on display in a dedicated exhibit area, to demonstrate the many possibilities that can result from the correct use of coding and traceability devices for manufacturers, distributors and consumers. Since 1978, Indicod-Ecr has worked toward the extensive use of barcodes in Italy using the system originally called EAN/UCC and, since 2005, GS1. In Italy, Indicod-Ecr represents both GS1, the international body that coordinates the advancement and correct implementation of the GS1 standard, and ECR Europe, the body that handles the utilisation in Europe of techniques, tools and methods for the strategic/operational interfacing between industry and distribution, and between them and the final consumer.

Narrow Web Print Awards

Flint Group has released the "call for entries" for the 8th annual Narrow Web Print Awards competition.  Label converters from around the globe are encouraged to submit sample labels for evaluation by a panel of industry judges.  The award winners will be announced September 12, during Labelexpo Americas in Chicago. In 2011 Flint Group presented awards in twelve different categories at Labelexpo Brussels – all submissions using inks, coatings and specialty products supplied by Flint Group. Criteria for judging includes: registration, smoothness of dot/vignette, overall print quality, and degree of difficulty. Entries will be placed in categories relating to technology and application.  

Entry Guidelines are as follows:
1.    Each entry must be printed using inks from Flint Group,
2.    Entries can be a commercial label, or a promotional label,
3.    Entries can be sent in roll or sheet form with no less than 20 of each label – converters should specify if labels cannot be displayed on the Flint Group stand,
4.    Entries should be received no later than August 15, 201,
5.    Entries should be submitted directly to Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web. For more information, contact Niklas Olsson in Europe or Deanna Whelan in USA.

Labeltrack@IPACK-IMA 2012 – labeling and traceability on display

Once upon a time there were labels, one might say. Today the traceability systems we were once used to, carrying only a limited amount of product information, have been fully replaced by new, groundbreaking technology. Thanks to microelectronics, traceability systems are now seamlessly integrated into the processing and packaging process and are capable of “following” any product, whether it be food, industrial or consumer goods.
A comprehensive ID system carrying a detailed record of the product’s route from raw materials down to the end user. This brings several advantages under many aspects: safety (the origin and shelf life of food is just one example), logistics, certification of origins. 

Over 220 companies active in developing the most advanced labeling and traceability systems existing today will be part of the specially designed Labeltrack thematic route at IPACK-IMA 2012 (Fiera Milano from February 28th to March 3rd). Top-notch technology and solutions for labeling, coding, marking and traceability will be on display at an event specifically dedicated to the very machinery and technology such systems are designed to integrate into.
The comprehensive technology display will be flanked by an extensive calendar of presentations of new products and traceability frontiers held by a number of exhibiting companies. The detailed presentation calendar is available HERE.