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AWA – Label market update

The established and more mature label technologies are experiencing increasing competition from alternative decoration and packaging formats such as flexible packaging in all its forms, and direct print to the container, whether it be a carton, bottle or can. This is confirmed by AWA’s Global Labeling and Product Decoration Market Update 2015.

In a marketplace where packaging itself is undergoing significant changes, AWA reports that the heat-shrink sleeve label continued to grow at the fastest rate of usage last year, 5.3%, particularly in South America, China, and India, although growth has stabilized in the developed markets of North America and Europe. Pressure-sensitive labels also continued to represent a significant growth driver, despite the strong competition from sleeving, and showed a volume increase globally of 4.1%, while glue-applied labeling grew at a more modest 2.8%, benefitting from beverage labeling applications in the developing economies. In-mold labeling’s three technologies – IML-EB, IML-IM, and IML-TF – showed a combined growth rate of just over 3% in the global label market.

 

Global label market by region
Global label market by region

Armin Karl Geiger

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