Ahead of this year's Digital Print for Packaging Europe we spoke to Nigel Tracey, Head of Packaging at Scodix, about the latest exciting developments and innovations, challenges faced by the industry and much more.
Q1. What are some of the innovative things happening in the industry?
It has to be the drive into digital print, enhancement and finishing. This is the most exciting change I've witnessed in my 30 years in this industry.
Q2. What do you feel will be the most exciting developments in the digital print for packaging landscape in the next 5 years?
Knowing that a major trend of folding cartons is largely based around smaller production runs anf faster time to market, I see a jump coming where we not only talk about 1000s of cartons being produced but actually switching to 100s and a supply chain that is able to match that need.
Q3. What are the latest technology developments in digital printing?
Really it’s all about format (sheet size), speed and offering a clear ROI based on current production runs, at least it is at Scodix.
Q4. What are you most looking forward to at the 2017 DPP conference in December?
Engaging with brand owners and understanding from them exactly what they need and expect from a digital enhancement process.
Q5. How will Digital Print in Packaging Europe benefit attendees?
I would suspect the main benefit will be knowledge sharing in an open forum with people from all areas of the packaging supply chain
Q6. What are the main challenges the industry is facing and how do you think this conference can overcome them?
The main challenge I believe relates to environmental pressure and how recycling laws are rapidly changing in each country, this added with consumer pressure on the subject.
Q7. You are speaking on “Digital enhancements for folding cartons”, what can you tell us about why this is an important topic for the industry right now?
In times when brand owners are constantly looking to re-position brands and product lines, especially through means of premiumisation then it’s time that the industry has a modern and efficient enhancement process for folding cartons that is adapted to the current work mix and supply chain needs.
Nigel will be presenting as part of the Pre-Press and Workflow session this December. Other presenters in the session include GlobalVision and adphos Digital Printing.
LEGO, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever, Landa, Bobst, Associated British Foods, Müller Dairy, P&G and more will be at Digital Print for Packaging this December. Make sure you don't misss out by securing your place now!
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