Pre-conference workshop: How Digital Print is Changing the established packaging sectors

Tuesday 4 December | 13:30 - 17:30

Led by Sean Smyth, Print Consultant at Smithers Pira

The workshop will cover topics including:

  • Intro to Packaging - The functions and how these are developing with the adoption of digital print, changing capabilities
    • Packaging is more than printing
    • Non-printed packaging is significant
    • Material science of substrates, key properties of packs to protect the contents
  • Packaging Applications – food (and why food safety is such an issue), pharma, cosmetics, tobacco, household, general, electronics.  Specific requirements for different sectors.
  • Packaging technologies – market overview
  • Market data - penetration of digital into corrugated, cartons, flexible, direct-to-rigids, metal decorating as well as labels.
  • In 2018 how packaging supply chains are under pressure.
    • Changing retail structures and rise of new channels leading to new pain points and pressures
  • Changing drivers for packaging
  • Engagement - promotion activities, will packaging become an advertising medium? How does packaging work in combination with social media
  • Key digital print technology developments
    • Roner and inkjet
  • Key issues
    • How will digital print fit into the packaging infrastructure, what is needed to make a useful system.
    • Will commercial print companies moving into packaging  
  • Changing costs of production as technology develops in:
    • Narrow web – flexo vs toner (liquid and powder) vs inkjet vs hybrid production
    • Cartons – litho vs medium web flexo vs toner vs inkjet

The workshop will be interactive with opportunities to raise questions.

Tickets for the workshop are just €499 in addition to your two-day conference ticket, and will include refreshments. Places are limited so we advise booking as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

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