A Bright Future for Colour Inkjet Digital Printing in Global Labels and Packaging Markets

A Bright Future for Colour Inkjet Digital Printing in Global Labels and Packaging Markets

Colour digital printing is well on the way to being a highly disruptive force, first for labels and more recently in several segments of the much larger packaging industry.

Over the last decade this multi-facetted & complex industry has transformed dramatically with major advances in colour inkjet digital press design & print head technology, as well as developments in substrate materials & inks formulations.

It is Vandagraf’s view that growth of colour inkjet digital printing across the labels / packaging industries, already seeing double digit growth, will actually speed up through to 2023 and beyond as the relentless roll-out of colour inkjet printing of labels & packaging, particularly for the very fast emerging industrial scale high volume colour inkjet.

As the demand for mass versioning and customization of labels & packaging continues to grow, colour digital printing is becoming an increasingly vital component part of converter’s capabilities.
The big volume demand for consumables will soon dwarf demand for very short run prototyping, versioning and the like, especially In terms of demand for consumables (substrate materials & digital inks)
So the main focus of the report is on automated high-volume / high-speed industrial scale applications for colour inkjet digital printing & presses which will account for the bulk of demand for consumables (substrate materials & inks).

The report can potentially be of great value to:
- Labels & Packaging converters
- Systems Integrators & Press Builders (OEMS / Independents)
- Press builders – Both digital and digital / analogue hybrid presses
- Print Head Providers
- Consumables providers
- Substrate Materials
- Digital Inks.
- Brand owners.

The stakes are high and clarity is needed for today & tomorrow – And this can be challenging for the industry in the face of a very rapidly evolving industry environment.

This Vandagraf report can provide support to companies needing to make informed & wise strategic decisions in relation the new World of colour inkjet digital for the immediate term and for the future.

This Vandagraf report explores in depth the dynamic and continuing rise of Colour inkjet digital printing in global Labels & Packaging markets.

Investing in a new colour inkjet digital printing press may not be straightforward for a converter (label / packaging), for several reasons:
- Converters are confronted with increasingly wide array of choices in terms of presses
- Given the rate of evolution of the industry, presses are likely to become obsolete much faster than analogue presses that in some case continue in use for decades
- Converters may not be looking for a digital press to satisfy the requirements of existing customers, but may be interested to explore new markets & opportunities beyond their current printing capabilities

For example a wider web colour inkjet digital press can open the door for narrow web players to address printing of new larger packaging formats that may offer high volume / high value added opportunities

And / or label converters may wish to consider business for additional substrate materials (eg: cartonboard, flexible film) within the narrow web format).

In turn it is important for systems integrators, press builders, print head makers & consumables providers (substrate materials & digital inks) all to build up an understanding of requirements & trends within the converter community – Which are also evolving.

This can provide valuable input for R&D and new press development – And of course lead time for press development are relatively long.

In addition the end user brand owners need to develop a better understanding of the big benefits that can be harvested from colour inkjet digital printing – Even if colour inkjet digital printing of labels & packaging may cost a bit more than traditional analogue printing for longer print runs.

And this feeds back to press development for the future.

Volume I – Evaluation of Markets & Opportunities
Changing Demographics
Disruptive Technology – Digital Printing
The Digital Print Landscape is Complex & Rapidly Evolving
Scope of the Report
Great Opportunities
The Need for More ‘Latitude’
The Cost Barrier to Longer Print Runs will be minimised in the Future
Unique IDs / Gateways to the Internet
Key Findings
Market Penetration- Types of Labels / Packaging – Types of Colour Digital Presses
Areas of Opportunity Identified - InkJet in Packaging
Cost Issues - Digital / Analogue / Hybrid
Not Just a Cost Centre
Regional Trends - Packaging Printing
Market Drivers
Increasing demand for Premium Packaging
Growing Demand for Smaller Pack Sizes
Growing Middle Classes / Urbanisation / Smaller Households
Ageing Populations
Convenience Packaging
Negatives - Factors causing Resistance to Market Growth
High cost of consumables (ie. Inks & Substrate materials)
Finite Limitations to the market for Digital Presses
Analogue Press Builders are Fighting Back
Long Working Life - Analogue Printing Presses
Brokering of Inkjet Colour Digital Printing capacity
Digital Printing – Reconfiguring Supply Chains
Case Study – PET Drinks Bottles – Labels versus Direct Print to 3D
Supply Chain Matters - Inkjet Press Location – Outsource or In-plant
Global Market for Packaging
Market Sizing and Forecast
Flexible Packaging
Cartonboard and paperboard
Flexible Packaging versus Folding Cartons
Liquid Packaging Board Laminates
Other Types of Packaging
Global Market for Print in Packaging
Global Market for Digital Print in Packaging
Inkjet Printing - Types of Labels/Packaging Applicns
Some Key Factors in Identifying Areas of Opportunity for Digital Printing
Digital Presses – Segmentation by Web Width
Narrow Web Label Presses – Labels & Small Packaging Items
Low Hanging Fruit – Narrow web label presses
Trend to Shorter Labels Print Runs - Selected Verticals
Health & Beauty / Cosmetics
Industrial Chemicals
Consumer Durables
Packaging Structures Examined
Form-Fill-Seal – Pouches
Vertical Form-Fill-Seal - VFFS
Horizontal Form-Fill-Seal – HFFS
Pouch Construction Options
Alu. / Plastic ‘Push-Through’ Blister Packs
Lidding Stock Material
Some Lidding Materal Examples
Folding Cartonboard Constructions
Cartonboard Bottle / Jar Carriers
Cartonboard Multi-Pack Carrier – Flat Blank for Printing
Carded Packaging
Blister Packs – Card packaging
Skin Packs – Card packaging
Blister Packaging versus Skin Packaging
Contract Packers / Co-Packers
Identifying Opportunities in Carded Packaging
Some Product Categories Commonly Blister Packed
Wider Web Packaging Opportunities – Moving beyond Narrow Web
Types of Usage – Corrugated
High quality colour decorated corrugated board – Applications
eCommerce - Corrugated
Primary Retail Packaging - Corrugated
Secondary Packaging (shippers) - Corrugated
Merchandising Displays - Corrugated
Market breakdown – Corrugated Board Constructions
Digital Print Direct-to-3D
Printheads - Market Trends
Global Digital Press Market
Inkjet versus Electro-photographic Technology - Digital Presses
Evolution of Average. Selling Price (ASP) - Inkjet Colour Digital Printing - 2018 to 2023
Annual Digital Press Installations Installations by Value $USD
Installed Base Inkjet Digital Printing - 2018 to 2023
Hybrid Presses – Digital / Analogue
Substrate Materials & Inks
Digital Consumables set for Strong Growth
Printing Inks for Packaging / Labels
Market Overview - Printing Inks for Packaging / Labels
Printing Processes / Inks – Packaging Substrate Materials & Applications
Multi-Functionality with Printed Unique Codes
Unique IDs / Gateways to the Internet
Digital Inkjet Printing + Smartphones - Key Enablers
Mass Serialisation & Customisation
Methods of Reading Serialisation Numbers
Requirements for Mass Serialisation
Consumer Engagement – Marketing
Types of Additional Content & Interactive Experience
Product Authentication & Security
Strengths of 2D / QR and Similar Tag Systems
Importance of Print Quality Considerations 2D / QR Codes
Case Study – Elopak Print Quality & Readability - 2D / QR Codes
Serialisation/Traceability Mandates – Pharma & Digital Printing
Case Study - The EU Falsified Medicines Directive
Some Optical Features - Digital Print
Digital Watermarking
Case Study - Digimarc – The Barcode of Everything™
Micro-text & Micro-fonts
2D / QR Barcode Serialisation Variants
Types of 2D / QR Design / Configuration
The Microsoft (MS) Tag System
Volume II - Technology Overview & Solution Provider Company Profiles
The Digital Print Landscape is Complex & Rapidly Evolving
Proliferation of Colour Inkjet Digital Press Providers & Press Designs
Development of Optimal Consumables - Key Building Blocks for Success
Colour Inkjet - Labels / Packaging Applications
Breakdown by Application
Digital Presses – Segmentation by Web Width
Narrow Web Label Presses – Labels & Packaging
Wider Web Inkjet Presses – Folding Cartons & Flexible Packaging
Case Study - HP PageWide Inkjet Series presses – Printing Multiple Jobs Concurrently
Pre-printed Paper Laminate versus Direct Print to Corrugated
Hybrid Digital / Analogue Printing Systems
Purpose Built / Retrofit Inkjet Modules – Creating Hybrids
Digital Inkjet presses for Direct-to-3D packaging
Types of Printheads - Piezo-electric / Thermal / Continuous
Continuous Inkjet
Piezelectric Drop-on-demand (DOD)
Thermal Drop-on-demand (DOD)
Scalability Potential – Printhead Technology - Piezo / Thermal / Continuous
Inkjet Printhead Speed - New Generation Faster Printheads
Case Study - Seiko Epson PrecisionCore – Printheads
Case Study - FujiFilm Dimatix Samba – Printheads
Case Study – Xaar – PrintBar Unlimited
50x Company Profiles & Offerings - Inkjet Presses
Types of Solution Providers – Inkjet
Some Key Design Aspects for Colour Inkjet Digital Presses
Appendix – Digital Technologies that Compete with Inkjet
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