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Restarting the Economy: What Printing and Packaging Companies Can Expect

As the lockdown on the economy lifts, printing and packaging companies can expect to see an upturn as demand increases for products and services. But this recession is unlike others we have seen in the past, and non-economic factors will impact the bounce back.

Resiliency and the Path Ahead

Now is the time to be evaluating where you are and how your team is doing and forging a path to becoming an even better company. This business pause has presented business leaders with the opportunity to evaluate their company cultures and make sure that their teams are performing efficiently and cohesively. 

Digital Printing: Enabling the 'Connected Factory' of the Future

The packaging industry is facing a number of changes driven by factors including e-commerce, new supply chain models, sustainability requirements, and increased customization. Digital printing is among the emerging and expanding technologies that are allowing these changes to occur.

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As the lockdown on the economy lifts, printing and packaging companies can expect to see an upturn as demand increases for products and services. But this recession is unlike others we have seen in the past, and non-economic factors will impact the bounce back.

Now is the time to be evaluating where you are and how your team is doing and forging a path to becoming an even better company. This business pause has presented business leaders with the opportunity to evaluate their company cultures and make sure that their teams are performing efficiently and cohesively. 

The packaging industry is facing a number of changes driven by factors including e-commerce, new supply chain models, sustainability requirements, and increased customization. Digital printing is among the emerging and expanding technologies that are allowing these changes to occur.

Direct, Global Graphics’ latest class of software, is a new graphics pipeline that sends data directly to the printhead electronics instead of writing to disk, significantly reducing image processing times, easily handling large volumes of data, and accelerating the time to print.

The new Label Automation Suite from OneVision can work in concert with the SCREEN Truepress Jet L350UV+ to offer both outstanding quality and throughput, enabling the label printer to access faster production times and maximum throughput. PRINTING United Booth 11553.

The new ArtPro+ software from Esko, which is intended for packaging, label, and wide-format customers, enables print efficiency by normalizing PDF workflow and creating a more stable production software environment. PRINTING United Booth 5404.

Finishing

A growing opportunity for print service providers is digital printing enhancement: print work that is embellished or enhanced with special effects produced on digital presses or finishing equipment.

The company will be highlighting numerous packaging-focused technologies, including the Versafire EP digital toner-based press and the Diana Go 85 folder-gluer. A new diecutter/foil stamper, the Digimatrix 60 FC, will make its debut in Dallas. PRINTING United Booth 10143.

Sakurai’s new LQM 105 in-line hot foil stamper offers the capability to add foil effects to numerous applications including labels and packaging. The new stamper can be integrated into any size Sakurai screen press. PRINTING United Booth 1420.

Interactive Print

Augmented reality is one of the biggest technology trends right now, and it’s only getting bigger as AR-ready smartphones and other devices become more accessible. This holiday season marketers are leveraging the technology to drive both consumer engagement and purchases … and in some cases it is blended with print.

Consumables-Ink

New offerings from INX are meeting the needs of corrugated printers and converters head-on, with new ink sets that complement single-pass printing technologies, a new water-based primer and formulations that reduce overall printing emissions. PRINTING United Booth 10555.

With Color-Logic software now distributed as an option with the Xerox Iridesse™ press, designers, agencies and more can be trained to fully utilize the press's metallic capabilities and produce a variety of embellishments. PRINTING United Booth 10564 and 12345, 12541.

The new ink is designed to be easily dispensed through standard UV flexo dispensers.

Color/Quality Control

GMG’s new ColorServer 5.1 is designed specifically for high-quality color conversion, even on unusual substrates. Further, the system offers an expanded color capability, allowing package designers a wider variety of design choices. PRINTING United Booth 10561.

GMG offers a wide range of color management solutions, including production that increases the reliability and stability of printed packaging products. The systems offer quality color management in a system that minimizes process complexity. PRINTING United Booth 10561.

For package printers and their customers, achieving the desired color on the final printed product is always a top priority. But when a package is viewed under different lighting conditions, the perception of color can change. Here are some tips for package printers to ensure they and their customers are viewing color consistently.

Digital Printing-Inkjet

A new array of on-demand inkjet label printers from Epson is intended directly for the commercial and industrial label markets, offering ink systems that adhere to stringent European environmental requirements. PRINTING United Booth 5410, 5610.

Durst’s new Tau RSCi UV provides high-production print speeds of up to 100 linear meters per minute, and a high-opacity ink set that successfully produces durable labels, regardless of the specific packaging application. PRINTING United Booth 7816.

The range of products from UniNet provides packaging and label printers with numerous digitally driven opportunities and creates profitable opportunities to expand product offerings. The company’s equipment includes inkjet and digital transfer solutions. PRINTING United Booth 426.

Digital Printing-Hybrid

Fujifilm is offering five new products designed to meet the needs of packaging producers including water-washable plates for flexible packaging, a cold-cure UV system and an enhanced plate processor. PRINTING United Booth 8220.

The partnership will result in the HP Indigo Digital Pouch, a system that allows HP Indigo customers to expand their offerings in product packaging. A new lamination solution, included as part of the new offering, is promoted as a sustainable option in packaging. PRINTING United Booth 10141 and 6407, 6416.

New from Xeikon is a solution to help printers enhance and increase the range of the labels they produce — including the generation of a tactile layer, which has become “de rigueur” in luxury product markets and provides access to more profitable applications. PRINTING United Booth 9344.

Brand Management

A new partnership between HP and Agfa works to increase brand protection and enhance the strength of security printing. The new program increases the controllable capability of variable data printing, while preserving excellent print quality. PRINTING United Booth 8242 and 6407, 6416.

When Nestlé Dreyers evaluated one of its venerable brands, Häagen-Dazs, it decided that it needed to make it more relevant for today’s younger consumer without damaging its high-quality, premium brand image.

The world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand is one of the most consistent packagers and marketers on the store shelves today: Mobil 1.

Digital Printing-Wide Format

The Nozomi, an ultra-high-speed, single-pass direct-to-board printer, has met Fogra’s PSD standard, which recognizes industrially oriented, standardized procedures for digital print products. This includes reduced waste, higher quality and overall sustainability. PRINTING United Booth 8233.

The new OnsetX HS from Fujifilm and Inca Digital prints at more than 15,000 square feet per hour, and can print on numerous materials, including corrugated. Integration of robotic systems ensures reliable, highest-speed throughput. PRINTING United Booth 8220.

Flexographic Printing

Recently, I was at a 3M symposium in Minneapolis when it was made abundantly clear there is confusion regarding target densities for the flexographic industry. Let’s try to clear up the confusion…

The fingerprint is a vital step in ensuring repeatable print and maximizing the tonal range output of your press. During a fingerprint, repeatability is key. If you can’t repeat it, don’t waste your time!

Press optimizations will allow you to know without a doubt, how to choose the best anilox roll engravings, the optimal mounting tape density to select and the best ink for a job. However, most people are either unsure of how to properly complete an optimization or don’t see the importance of it.

M&A

Like any other business transaction, a merger is a structured process with a series of steps necessary for its completion. As an investment banker to the printing and packaging industries, New Direction Partners has participated in scores of such transactions.

With the printing and packaging stock index, New Direction Partners tracks the performance of 16 printing and packaging firms.