The implementation of digital print across the industry has revolutionised the way that manufacturers and private organisations create their assets. With global retail packaging growth hitting three per cent in 2020, reaching 3.8 trillion units, it’s easy to see how the impacts of digital printing have been experienced on a wider scale.1
The first digital printing presses came onto the market in the 1990s and, since then, digital printing has transformed packaging.
Some of the key ways that digital printing has shaped the industry include:
Ability to create locally
The impact of digital printing will continue to grow across our increasingly connected society, with the industry looking to make even more ground-breaking changes over the coming years.
Some of the mega industry trends to look out for in 2022 include:
Increased focus on sustainability
The printing industry has a vested interest in reducing waste, improving sustainability, and creating a circular economy. The creation of newer, more sustainable materials such as mono-material polyolefin, biodegradable and compostable solutions, and a return to natural fibre-based products will let the printing industry continue to create, while providing consumers with more environmentally conscious options.
Tech interactive packaging
Our interconnected world provides endless opportunities for product engagement, and this will continue to be seen through the physical packaging of consumer goods. From social media links to scannable QR codes with additional product information and interactive virtual reality games, consumers will soon see their supermarket shop as an opportunity to connect with brands like never before.
Shareability and word of mouth continue to be critical in selling consumer products and packaging designs can play a large role in this. Ranging from modern, minimalistic text to bold and bespoke patterns, printed goods will continue to embrace alluring visual cues to keep their product front of mind and top of feed. For example, embellishment capabilities can help brands stand out from the crowd by adding foil, embossing, and other tactile experiences that make unboxing products a key part of the customer experience.
Digital printing continues to transform packaging and the only limits are your imagination. To find out how Konica Minolta can help you deliver packaging printing that will get people talking, contact the team today.