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Packaging is so incredibly diverse and has one of the largest global impacts that it is not surprising that every day there are countless articles dispersed – online and in print – that are tagged as packaging news. Here is a recap of what has recently been publicly released on the topic of packaging.

1. U.S. packaging industry market value approaching $10 billion

Registration for PACK EXPO East 2018 opened this week amidst forecasts of strong growth in the U.S. packaging industry from the 2017 State of the Packaging Industry report by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

Released on the first day of PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 25-27; Las Vegas Convention Center), The State of the Industry U.S. Packaging Machinery Report shows a 4.8 percent increase in the U.S. packaging machinery market from 2015 to 2016, coming in with a total market value of $9.8 billion. On display at PACK EXPO East will be many of the innovations and technologies that are driving this increase in market value.

“Attending PACK EXPO East is the most efficient way to engage suppliers of packaging technologies in the industry’s manufacturing-rich East Coast,” says Jim Pittas, COO, PMMI. “The show brings together large multinational exhibitors, as well as some of the fastest growing regional packaging companies who target niche markets. The region where PACK EXPO East is located represents one of the fastest growing areas in the industry and the intimacy of the event allows attendees and exhibitors to spend quality time understanding each other’s operations.”

PACK EXPO East show organizer, PMMI, produces the study based on data provided by manufacturers in the US and import and export data from the US Census Bureau. The report analyzes 28 packaging machinery categories and describes trends and the outlook for packaging machinery shipments through 2022.

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2. Packaging serialization standard showcased at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

The Open Serialization Communication Standard (OPEN-SCS) Group, a collection of healthcare sector companies dedicated to standardizing packaging line serialization and aggregation data exchanges, presented its initial Packaging Serialization Standard (PSS 1.0) on September 25 during PACK EXPO Las Vegas. The release of a validated standard is planned for November.

The Open-SCS Group’s initial set of recommendations for serialization standardization cover four use cases involving typical communication between Levels 3 and 4 of the serialization infrastructure—between onsite servers and corporate repositories. PSS 1.0 comprises a best-practices approach to Serial Number Provisioning, Serialization Report Transmission​, Batch & Master Data Repository​, and Unused Serial Number Return.

Work to create these first specifications was done in direct collaboration with ISPE and GS1 global technical experts, and is the foundation for the forthcoming PSS 2.0, which will address nine exchange use cases between Level 3 (site serialization manager) and Level 2 (line serialization controllers and smart devices). PSS 2.0 is targeted for release in Q2 of 2018.

For the global pharmaceutical industry, the lack of a standard in track-and-trace-related communication has posed significant constraints on implementing workable serialization solutions. As various serialization deadlines approach— including those in the U.S. (November 2017) and EU (February 2019)—establishing baseline language compatibility has become increasingly urgent.

 

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3. Tobacco Packaging Market is Forecast to Cross US$ 15.5 Billion by 2022

Tobacco packaging industry includes packaging of dried tobacco leaves utilized for making bidis, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, stogies, dissolvable tobacco and shish as or water channels.

Packaging improves and shields tobacco items from outer effects amid transportation. Materials utilized for essential tobacco packaging incorporate films, sheets, containers, foils, paper, covers and layers. Bulk or business tobacco packaging utilizes utilization of pivot top containers, package wraps, shells and slides. Cigarette manufacturing at present has the biggest offer in the tobacco packaging market. The packaging of tobacco contrasts in view of the kind of item; for example, a few brands utilize hard packs and others utilize soft packs for packaging.

The Global Tobacco Packaging Market is expected to exceed more than US$ 15.5 Billion by 2022 at a CAGR of 3.1% in the given forecast period.Packaging improves and shields tobacco items from outer effects amid transportation. Materials utilized for essential tobacco packaging incorporate films, sheets, containers, foils, paper, covers and layers. Bulk or business tobacco packaging utilizes utilization of pivot top containers, package wraps, shells and slides. Cigarette manufacturing at present has the biggest offer in the tobacco packaging market. The packaging of tobacco contrasts in view of the kind of item; for example, a few brands utilize hard packs and others utilize soft packs for packaging.

The Global Tobacco Packaging Market is expected to exceed more than US$ 15.5 Billion by 2022 at a CAGR of 3.1% in the given forecast period.

 

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4. Rising Demand for Automation across Packaging Industry to Boost Growth of Packaging Automation Market

If the features of a product is what develops loyalty among the end-users, its packaging goes a long way towards enticing new consumers. For any product manufacturing company, packaging is one of the most important element, as it helps in protecting the product right from factory to the homes of consumers and making an impression on them to maximize profits.

Automation of packaging processes goes a long way in increasing the efficiency of a manufacturing unit and thereby leads to profits. More and more manufacturing companies are adoption automated processes for packaging and consequently, a fresh study by Transparency Market Research projects the market for the same to expand at a healthy CAGR of 9.7% during the forecast period of 2016 to 2025. The report has evaluated that the global packaging automation market was worth US$31.12 bn in 2016, and estimates the revenue in the market to swell up to US$69.73 bn by 2025.

Which factors will ensure a healthy progress in the packaging automation market?

Increasing adoption of automation solutions across various industries, increasing need for supply chain integration, and persistent aspiration of manufacturing companies to reduce labor costs are some of the key factors driving the demand in the Global Packaging Automation Market. With automation, the packaging industry gains improved productivity from its labor-base, ensures quality of the packaging, and improve profits with reduction in packaging cost and storage cost. In addition to that, safety regulations by various governments can also be matched by the manufacturers of products pertaining to health care and food and beverage industry. Safety regulations can be adhered to by developing applications which include automated reporting capabilities that helps in generating brief reports for each packaging line.

 

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5. EU bans BPA in packaging for 0-3 year olds

The European Commission has tightened the rules around bisphenol A (BPA) by banning it in the manufacture of packaging for infants and young children 0-3 years.

The European Commission has tightened the rules around bisphenol A (BPA) by banning it in the manufacture of packaging for infants and young children 0-3 years.

 

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6. Plant-based bottles & edible packaging: What does sustainability look like in the bottled water industry?

A focus on sustainability is becoming more and more important across all industry sectors: and the bottled water industry is no exception. Plant-based bottles, edible and biodegradable packaging, and programs on water stewardship are all initiatives being developed in the sector.

A focus on sustainability is becoming more and more important across all industry sectors: and the bottled water industry is no exception. Plant-based bottles, edible and biodegradable packaging, and programs on water stewardship are all initiatives being developed in the sector.

 

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