Chris Mc Loone

Chris Mc Loone
Digital Printing Options

There is a digital option for almost any criteria package printers have. packagePRINTING asks leading suppliers about what is available today.

Be Heroes

Most consumers have no concept of what goes on when designing a package. A consumer products company (CPC) has a tremendous amount invested into presenting just the right image with just the right amount of splash to draw a consumer in to have them to buy an item. What some printers do not realize is how much of an impact they can have on this process and how their roles are not only to print the finished products.

Technology At Center Stage

As many could have predicted, digital printing and it's recent developments have been major news here at Labelexpo Americas 2010.

The Niche Payoff

The folding carton segment, an area taking constant punches from film manufacturers, continues to rebound from, as Ben Markens, president of the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) puts it, falling off a cliff in 2009.

Success by Design

With all the visual noise customers face as they shop, a package must be distinctive, eye-catching, and, nowadays, useful to the customer beyond holding the goods purchased. Printers play an important role.

Label Market Remains Strong

The label market is in good shape. Although the recent recession has affected every segment of package printing, the label industry is still well positioned for the medium to the long term, according to Corey Reardon, president and CEO of AWA. "Unfortunately in the short term, the impact has been negative with plenty of casualties in job losses and business performance, even company and plant closures," he says.

Sustainable Recovery

Good news package printers--times are getting better. So says Alan Beaulieu, from the Institute of Trend Research (ITR). According to Beaulieu, there's no need to worry about the sugar high of the recovery wearing off. He advised everyone today to relax and enjoy the ride for the next two to three years.

Integrate for Success

Sonoco has invested in growing the consumer side of its business by moving into packaging platforms such as rigid paperboard and flexible and rigid plastics.

Get Out Your Checkbook

For companies that waited for economic conditions to improve before making a major capital equipment purchase, now is the time to start investigating, at the very least, in earnest.

Poised for Growth

If you're a package printer, you need to be keeping an eye on brand protection technologies. Slowly but surely, brand owners are realizing how important protecting their brands has become.

Printing for the Pharmaceutical Market

World pharmaceutical packaging demand is projected to increase 6.3 percent annually to $62.3 billion in 2013. Security, print integrity and shorter runs are among the challenges.

Proving Yourself in a Sustainable World

When it comes to operating sustainably, several phrases come to mind: practice what you preach; don't ask anyone to do what you wouldn't do yourself; put your money where your mouth is; and more.