The Future of Digital Print for Packaging to 2024

In a total market for printed packaging worth nearly $420 billion in 2019, digital printing represents a relatively modest but fast-growing segment.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 18 Jul 2019
Product format: Digital, Hard Copy
Number of tables: 28
Number of figures: 19
The Future of Digital Print for Packaging to 2024
  • Valued at $18.6 billion in 2019, the digital print for packaging segment is expected to grow to $31.6 billion by 2024, at an impressive compound annual growth rate of 11.1%.
     
  • Converters are keen to provide new services, as well as to meet demand for the short runs and versioned products that are increasingly being sought by customers.
     
  • Digital print is therefore rapidly growing its involvement in the package printing market – with new installations and ongoing technology developments.
     
  • Sectors such as corrugated, cartons and flexible packaging are following the lead of labels, which has been the early adopter of digital print technology.

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Our exclusive content:

  • Market forecasts for the digitally printed packaging and label markets segmented by electrophotography, corrugated, cartons, flexible, rigid plastic and metal packaging
  • Volume and value data for global digital packaging markets, broken down by technology, geographic region and end use.
  • Comprehensive data on global inkjet package and label printing outputs by segment, 2014-24.

What methodology is used?

The Future of Digital Print for Packaging to 2024 consolidates two of Smithers Pira’s strongest areas of expertise. Our research methodology continually checks our findings against new sources for refined and better data. Primary research was based on interviews and visits to label and packaging converters, design houses, brands and retailers were conducted, together with in-depth discussions with equipment manufacturers and integrators, finishing, workflow and consumable suppliers across the supply chain.  Feedback from many contacts based in different regions across the world is used following the Delphi technique to provide sense checks and further refine the accuracy of data.

What will you discover?

  • In-depth analysis of cutting-edge technological developments covering different print processes and materials.
  • Comprehensive data on the key drivers and trends affecting the market to 2024
  • Analysis of the drivers for adoption of digital print for packaging to 2024.

Who should buy this report?

  • Digital printers
  • Packaging converters
  • Equipment and machinery suppliers
  • Ink and consumables suppliers
  • Label manufactures
  • Consultants and analysts.

table of contents

Executive summary

Introduction and methodology

  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Definitions
    • Electrophotography
    • Inkjet
    • Packaging categories
      • Corrugated
      • Cartons
      • Flexible packaging
      • Rigid plastics
      • Metal packaging
      • Labels
  • Data
  • Geographic coverage
  • Exchange rates

Key drivers and trends

  • Introduction
  • Economic short runs
    • Brand fragmentation and extension
  • Engagement
  • Legislation
  • Security and brand protection
    • Track and trace
  • Design for digitally-printed packaging
  • Supply chain benefits
  • Digital printing technology complementing analogue
    • Simplification of processes
  • Technology push
  • Environmental benefits
  • Barriers to digital print adoption       
  • Summary

Cutting-edge technology developments

  • Print quality
  • Enabling technologies
    • Colour management
  • Electrophotography
  • Inkjet
    • Inkjet head developments
    • Inkjet ink developments             
    • High speed inkjet presses
    • Narrow web inkjet
    • Sheetfed inkjet presses               
    • Bespoke inkjet systems
    • Vision and inspection systems
    • Food safety
      • Analytical chemistry techniques
    • New functional attributes of packaging
    • Food safe inks and coating
  • Coding and marking developments
    • Laser imaging
  • Digital finishing systems        

Digitally printed packaging & label market forecasts

  • Overview
    • Electrophotographic printing for labels and packaging
    • Inkjet printing for labels and packaging
  • Labels
    • Electrophotography
    • Inkjet
  • Corrugated packaging
    • Inkjet
  • Cartons
    • Electrophotography               
    • Inkjet
  • Flexible packaging
    • Electrophotography
    • Inkjet
  • Rigid plastic packaging
    • Inkjet
  • Metal packaging
    • Inkjet

Geographic markets

  • Overview
  • Western Europe
    • France
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Spain
    • UK
    • Other Western European countries
  • North America
    • Canada          
    • US
  • Asia
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Other Asian countries
  • Latin America
    • Brazil              
    • Mexico          
    • Other Latin American countries          
  • Eastern Europe       
    • Czech Republic          
    • Poland
    • Russia
    • Other Eastern European countries
  • Middle East
    • Turkey
    • Other Middle Eastern countries
  • Africa
  • Australasia

tables and figures

List of tables

TABLE 0.1 Drivers for adoption of digital print for packaging
TABLE 1.1 Exchange rates to the US dollar, 2017
TABLE 2.1 Top line digit package and label printing markets, 2014-22 ($ million, constant 2017 prices and exchange rates; billion A4 prints or equivalent; ’000 tonnes)
TABLE 2.2 Drivers for adoption of digital packaging
TABLE 3.1 Long term prospects for electrophotography printing in labels and packaging
TABLE 3.2 High performance inkjet printheads in 2019
TABLE 3.3 High speed single-pass inkjet presses
TABLE 3.4 Narrow web inkjet presses              
TABLE 3.5 Sheetfed inkjet presses used in packaging               
TABLE 3.6 Technology prospects for inkjet printing in labels and packaging
TABLE 4.1 Global digital vs analogue printing usage in printed packaging and labels, 2014-24 ($ billion, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates; billion A4 prints; ‘000 tonnes)
TABLE 4.2 Global digital package and label printing output by segment, 2014-24 ($ billion, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates; billion A4 prints; ‘000 tonnes)             
TABLE 4.3 Digital printing penetration in printed labels and packaging by segment, 2014-24 (% share by value, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates; % printed volume)   
TABLE 4.4 Digital package and label printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 ($ million, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates)    
TABLE 4.5 Digital package and label printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 (million A4 prints or equivalent)
TABLE 4.6 Digital package and label printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 (‘000 tonnes)        
TABLE 4.7 Global electrophotographic package and label printing output by segment, 2014-24 ($ billion, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates; billion A4 prints; ‘000 tonnes)
TABLE 4.8 Electrophotographic package and label printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 ($ million, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates)
TABLE 4.9 Electrophotographic package and label printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 (million A4 prints or equivalent)
TABLE 4.10 Electrophotographic package and label printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 (‘000 tonnes)
TABLE 4.11 Global inkjet package and label printing output by segment, 2014-24 ($ billion, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates; billion A4 prints; ‘000 tonnes)             
TABLE 4.12 Inkjet package and label printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 ($ million, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates)       
TABLE 4.13 Inkjet package and label printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 (million A4 prints or equivalent)
TABLE 4.14 Inkjet package and label printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 (‘000 tonnes)      
TABLE 4.15 Labels: digital printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 ($ million, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates)
TABLE 4.16 Labels: digital printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 (million A4 prints or equivalent)        
TABLE 4.17 Labels: electrophotographic printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 ($ million, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates)
TABLE 4.18 Labels: electrophotographic printing output by geographic market, 2014-24 (million A4 prints or equivalent)

List of figures

FIGURE 0.1 Five-year value growth in digital package and label printing output by type, 2019-24
FIGURE 0.2 Digital print later in the packaging and label supply chains
FIGURE 2.1 Generic analogue printed packaging and label supply chain
FIGURE 2.2 Digital printed packaging and label supply chain
FIGURE 2.3 Digital print later in the packaging and label supply chains
FIGURE 2.4 Sheetfed litho carton production activity map
FIGURE 2.5 Digital sheetfed carton production activity map
FIGURE 2.6 Integrated digital carton production activity map
FIGURE 2.7 Flexo liner corrugated production activity map
FIGURE 2.8 Inkjet liner corrugated production activity map
FIGURE 2.9 Sheetfed litho-lam corrugated box production activity map
FIGURE 2.10 Inkjet postprint corrugated box production activity map
FIGURE 4.1 Global digital package and label printing output by segment, 2014-24 ($ billion, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates)
 FIGURE 4.2 Global digital package and label printing output by segment, 2014-24 (billion A4 prints)
FIGURE 4.3 Global digital package and label printing output by segment, 2014-24 (‘000 tonnes)
FIGURE 4.4 Five-year value growth in digital package and label printing output by type, 2019-24
FIGURE 4.5 Five-year volume growth in digital package and label printing output by type, 2019-24
FIGURE 5.1 Global digital package and label printing output by region, 2014-24 ($ billion, constant 2017 prices & exchange rates)
FIGURE 5.2 Global digital package and label printing output by region, 2014-24 (billion A4 prints)
FIGURE 5.3 Global digital package and label printing output by region, 2014-24 (‘000 tonnes)