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Labels & Packaging

This section of WhatTheyThink focuses on emerging trends in the Labels & Packaging print sectors. It feature discussions on technical and business trends that affect all those in the Packaging Supply Chain.


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A Game-Changer for eCommerce Packaging

Packaging and Labels: Is The Next Big Thing Already Here?

Packaging Helped to Drive Sell-Out Attendance at EFI Connect 2017

INKredible Insight: Packaging Is Part of the “Omni” in “Omnichannel”

New Inkjet Press Lets Graphic Image Label Get Better at What It Does Best

The Regulated Package: Product Container and Social Contract Premium Content

From Sharklet and Sappi, a Release Paper that Takes a Big Bite out of Bacterial Growth

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The Adestor Gloss Holographic Label

Infigo Software collaborates with HP Indigo at Interpack Düsseldorf

TRESU exhibits flexo machine and ancillary solutions for optimised packaging printing at CHINA PRINT 2017

GMG shows off more accessible GMG OpenColor profiles at the FTA Forum INFO*FLEX

DuPont to Showcase New Cyrel EASY Plate Offerings at INFOFLEX 2017

TRESU showcases performance-enhancing ancillary and machine solutions for flexo packaging converters at INFO*FLEX 2017

Heidelberg presenting three new postpress machines at largest packaging printing event since drupa 2016

Mondi to address flexible consumer market demands at interpack 2017

Installation of new Ryobi-Mitsubishi press hits it out of the park for Insua Packaging

Tower Products to Introduce New Anilox and Plate Cleaning Technologies at Info-Flex 2017

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Video preview: PDF for Packaging Now Ready for Prime Time

PDF for Packaging Now Ready for Prime Time

Published: March 6, 2017

David Zwang, Technology Editor at WhatTheyThink and Chairman of the Ghent Workgroup (GWG), explains an important seminar GWG is conducting to inform packaging converters about the latest updates to the PDF standard that makes PDF more valuable to the entire packaging supply chain. Scheduled for mid-May in Ohio, everyone is invited to this training session seminar but space is limited.


Video preview: Making Packages Interactive and Informative

Making Packages Interactive and Informative

Published: December 20, 2016

Research indicates that 75% of U.S. adults and 87% of Millennials want to get more product information from packages and labels. But, the amount of printable "real estate" on them is limited and jealously protected by designers and marketers. This is a clarion call to make labels and packages interactive with the help of technologies that connect consumers with the information they want, says Michael Grady of Sgsco. He notes some of the possibilities and talks about why interactivity is worth the investment cost.


Video preview: How KBA Is Surrounding the Packaging Market with Solutions

How KBA Is Surrounding the Packaging Market with Solutions

Published: November 22, 2016

KBA's intensive focus on the packaging market can be seen in the large portfolio of products it has developed for packaging applications of many different kinds. Eric Frank, director of marketing, talks about the new VariJet 106, a hybrid inkjet/conventional/finishing platform that will be built to order for specific market segments. He also reviews KBA's capabilities in flexography, diecutting, metal decorating, and VLF (very large format) offset.


Video preview: New from PCMC: CI Flexography in a Compact Format

New from PCMC: CI Flexography in a Compact Format

Published: August 23, 2016

The Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) recently introduced its newest central impression (CI) flexographic packaging press, the Fusion C, in an open-house event at its factory in Green Bay, WI. PCMC’s Rodney J. Pennings talks about what makes the Fusion C unique and discusses the company’s commitment to lean manufacturing.


Video preview: Flexo Plates Designed for Clean Transfer, Reduced Press Stops

Flexo Plates Designed for Clean Transfer, Reduced Press Stops

Published: July 14, 2016

Dieter Niederstadt, Technical Marketing Manager for Asahi Photoproducts, discusses the company's Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer that reduces flexo press stops for plate cleaning while delivering very high quality. These plates are primarily used in flexible packaging and are ideal for fixed color palette printing due to precise registration.


Video preview: What’s the Story? Ask a Package

What’s the Story? Ask a Package

Published: June 28, 2016

Packages used to have just two principal functions: to protect their contents and convey them safely to the point of sale. Now they also have to be “brand narrators” that hold consumers in sustained post-sale engagements with the brands. Digimarc Corp.’s Larry Logan explains how technology can ensure that packaging remains “the most salient touch point between the consumer and the product.”


Video preview: For KBA, the Key Product is Progress

For KBA, the Key Product is Progress

Published: June 15, 2016

How did a manufacturer of newspaper presses become a supplier of equipment for nearly all major printing applications, including digital output? That is the story of KBA, and the company's president, Claus Bolza-Schünemann, tells it with justifiable pride. Among the latest highlights is KBA's ongoing development, with Xerox, of the VariJET 106, an innovative hybrid sheetfed press targeting the folding carton market.


Video preview: HP and Smurfit Kappa to Collaborate on Development of Direct-to-corrugated Digital Print

HP and Smurfit Kappa to Collaborate on Development of Direct-to-corrugated Digital Print

Published: June 6, 2016

HP's General Manager of Large Format Xavier Garcia shares details of the company's Strategic alliance with Smurfit Kappa in the development of the PageWide C500 digital direct-to-board corrugated press, scheduled for commercial availability in 2017.


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David Zwang, Editor/Analyst
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