The 2020 AIP Australian Packaging Conference looked deep into the future of printing and flexibles and came to the conclusion that the future was bright, with innovation the key to overcoming obstacles.

Koenig & Bauer Durst has unveiled updates for its Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic corrugated production press, the system that provides industrial solutions for run lengths from one to millions.

Bobst is launching oneInspection, which it says is an integrated and evolving set of quality-control solutions, making zero-fault packaging a reality in the labels, flexible packaging, folding carton, and corrugated board industries.

Xeikon is about to send out invitations to its upcoming Xeikon Café TV on complete pouch production, supported by Xeikon fleXflow, which will show one pass print, laminate and convert for the fast-growing packaging product.

Nestlé is switching its Smarties chocolate bar to a recyclable paper wrapper, moving away from the film wrappers of the past as the company continues its drive towards more eco-friendly packaging.

Print research analysts Smithers says there will be an increase in growth in global flexographic output through 2025, during a period of uncertainty and change.

Jet Technologies has teamed up with global provider of software and hardware printing and packaging solutions Esko to deliver Esko's product range to businesses in Australia and New Zealand.

The world’s biggest packaging company Amcor hit a major milestone, with reported a net profit for FY2020 topping the billion-dollar marker for the first time – and those are US dollars – an 11 per cent increase on the previous year.

Labelmakers Group is investing in digital technology for the flexibles and linerless market with the imminent commissioning of an HP Indigo 20000 digital press, currently being installed at its Sydney facility.

Adrian Barbero, national technical specification manager at Kurz, says foil can deliver stand-out results, and gives five tips to get the most from foiling.

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?