FMN | July 23rd, 2018

Intelligent Packaging Creates Markets For Print Industry In 2018, the combined active and intelligent pack- aging market value is projected to reach $5.68 billion and will continue to present new value-adding op- tions in the future. Analysis within a new report The Future of Active & Intelligent Packaging to 2023 from Smithers Pira shows that the active packaging market is the larger market, valued at $4.62 billion in 2018. Moderate growth is forecast for this segment through to 2023 at an average rate of 4 percent, as packaged food penetrates underdeveloped consumer markets in areas like Asia; but remains more stable in more developed economies. In contrast the intelligent packaging component market will pass $1 billion in value for the first time in 2018. This covers a raft of components — includ- ing pr inted coding and markings, chemical sensor/output devices, electronic environmental sen- sors, logic circuitry, and antennas — designed for the communicate dynamic communication of informa- tion within the supply chain, or, increasingly, direct to the consumer. As the segment where technology has not penetrat- ed as far, and given that there are multiple new solu- tions coming to market, the global intelligent packaging market’s forecast growth is much higher, more than 12.5 percent year-on-year for 2018-2023. The evolving nature of active and intelligent pack- aging can present challenges and market opportuni- ties for the print industry. This is especially true for intelligent packaging where printed codes and marks already represent 60 percent of overall value globally. Presstek DI University Training Courses Sold Out Mark Andy Inc. has announced that the first series of Presstek DI certification courses are sold out. Presstek DI University, introduced earlier this year, provides customers of all levels with training to mas- ter the Presstek DI presses.The sold-out training ses- sions are a 5-day intensive for entry-level operators of the Presstek DI 34 presses. Participants will learn how to maintain production costs and improve effi- ciencies to get jobs out the door faster — with high- er quality — day in and day out. The hands-on training will take place in July at facilities in Georgia and California. Due to high demand for the Presstek DI certifica- tion training, Mary Andy will be adding more sessions for beginner and advanced DI operators.

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