Interview series: What’s the next game-changer? – Answers from Canpas
NarrowWebTech asked label printers and converters as well as label associations to give their views about the past, the present and the future of the label industry. What was the most important thing to note in 2016? What will be relevant in 2017? Read here what Aydın Okay, president at Canpas, think about the latest developments within our industry in the past year and in the immediate future!
President, Can Hassas Kağıt San.Tic. A.Ş (Canpas)
- Looking back at 2016, what were the most important developments in terms of technology and production workflow to affect the label industry?
In 2016 in Turkey different developments took place. An international converter (CCL) entered the market. Printing machine investments slowed down because of economic uncertainties although market production increased 3% compared to the previous year. Because of fierce competition the margins went down, but at the same time the quality of label printing increased and the use of B quality label stock continued. Companies started to use more workflow control computer programs and were willing to invest in the latest technologies of conventional printing. Also digital printing investments were not attractive for the printers although there were a few investments from previous years.
- Some describe Industry 4.0 as the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’. What is your opinion on this evolution of communications within the production chain, and how does it affect your workflow?
What I can expect and practice in my business are several things: The required printing ability of the worker using the converting machine is rapidly changing. There is a gap between the formal training of the worker and actual need. Therefore, for new converting machines, the machine producing companies have to provide the whole training. Employees have to know a foreign language to be trained and to cope with the breakdowns and the same is true for white collar workers. They also must be highly skilled in utilising information technologies. The converting machine producers can control their machines, monitor the workflow and solve the problems remotely. More automation will increase in efficiency and decrease the number of the work force.
3.+4. What are your concerns and expectations for the label industry in 2017? How does your view relate to what you might see at Labelexpo Europe 2017? Do you currently have digital printing capability?
Expectations for 2017: Increase of linerless label stock usage and digital printing investements as well as an increase in the quality of inkjet printing, and a decrease of digital printing investment costs. Digital and conventional printing will be combined and the sensitivity to the environment and work place will grow. More control on work flow will take place and remote access will be the rule rather than exception.