FMN | September 4th, 2017

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September 4, 2017

Vol. 19 No. 18

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Pressure Sensitive Labels Dominate W hile pressure-sensitive labels face competition today from other labelling and packaging options, in 2016 it still achieved growth of 3.9 percent over prior year — greater growth than that of the label market as a whole — and still commands a massive market share of 40 percent, according to a new report fromAWA Alexander Watson.

Liquid Paperboard Packaging Surges There will be steady increases in demand for paperboard materials for liquid products over the next five years, according to the latest in- dustry study from Smithers Pira. Production of liquid packaging board (LPB) and food/cupstock (FCS) boards combined surpassed the 7.7 million ton mark in 2015, ac- cording to The Future of Liquid Pa- perboard to 2022 . This has grown by over 3 percent annually on aver- age since 2012. Reaching 8 million tons in 2016, this segment of the packaging market was worth $9.5 billion to the paper mills. According to the study, through to 2022, demand for LPB will acceler- ate at 4.5 percent per year, driving a total market value of $4.69 billion in 2017 to reach $5.83 billion in 2022. Production of liquid paperboard materials is highly concentrated, ac- cording to the report, especially liq- uid packaging board, which is produced in only 10 countr ies around the world. Consumption of converted board products is spread

Global Pressure Sensitive Label Market By Region

As the report documents, Asia is now the leading region for pressure-sensitive label demand, eclipsing the developed mar- kets of Europe and North America, and is the format’s largest end-use market segment, globally, taking 27 percent of 2016 volumes, is food labelling — mostly for primary product labels. “Variable information print (VIP) labels are a strong growth area for the versatile pressure-sensitive label, in line with the increasing requirements of today’s transportation and logistics activities, in terms not only of track-and-trace and stock and in- ventory management, but also for product authentication — for example, RFID-enabled labels,” said AWA Alexander Watson Associates President and CEO, Corey M Reardon. “What is (Cont’d on Page 4)

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