Customer demands and packaging solutions
Many forecasts mention certain elements in one breath: convenience, sustainability, flexibility, efficiency, counterfeit protection and traceability, while associating all these parameters with low costs. After all, they say, these are the demands of today’s consumers – demands that need to be met. Moreover, the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution is increasingly gaining ground in the everyday lives of the global population. Intelligent and modular software systems of our digitally networked Industry 4.0 are, among other things, ensuring transparency, safety and reproducibility for automated production processes. And of course multi-layer packaging, made from different combinations of materials, will be gaining in significance throughout the world. The kind of pharmaceutical packaging that will benefit particularly, according to the forecasts, is the type that integrates dosing aids and is therefore geared to the special needs of an ageing population. In particular, packaging experts believes that there is considerable potential for growth in the African nations, the Middle East and Asia. Furthermore, China and India together are apparently likely to reach around 30 per cent of the global protective film market.