The second annual Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print forum was packed to the rafters again in 2019, with around 180 guests including printers, packagers, and brand owners.

The value of digital packaging is set to soar over the next five years, by a whopping 13.1 per cent CAGR, according to print research agency Smithers, which says there are nine key trends impacting the market.

In the latest drupa expert article Anja Roehrle, marcomms manager at European packaging giant DS Smith, says digital carton printing will open up huge opportunities for brands, and for their packaging suppliers.

Press giant Heidelberg invited select members of the international trade press to its PackagingDays in Germany, where it expounded its digitisation of the packaging print production process concept.

Heavy hitters KBA and Durst are teaming up to launch a hybrid digital carton press, reports Wayne Robinson.

With the value that embellishments such as foiling and spot varnish can add to printing work, it is not surprising that many businesses are jumping on board to pretty up their print. The question soon comes up, however: when should printers invest in their own embellishing kit, as opposed to outsourcing to a for-trade finishing house?

The 2018 conference of the FPLMA had automation and integration as the key theme for the flexo and label printers looking to grow their businesses

The inaugural Print21 + PKN LIVE event New Frontiers in Packaging Print saw a full house turning out to hear industry experts discuss the best ways to develop opportunities in packaging print.