Interview series: What’s the next game-changer?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge” Albert Einstein once said. But if you want to know what’s going on in your industry, knowledge is at least as relevant as imagination. Therefore, NarrowWebTech asked label printers and converters to give their views about the past, the present and the future of the label industry. Complemented with opinions by the associations BPIF and FINAT and label guru Mike Fairley, this survey gives you an impression of which topics and developments have and are affecting the label industry.
Observe, analyse, react
The first rule for getting to know an industry is to keep your eyes open. Then think about what you are observing and finally decide. As a magazine for the label industry the first two steps are our tasks, the third one is up to the magazine’s readers.
Therefore, we asked label printers and associations and Mike Fairley to give us their opinion about the status quo of the label industry. What was the most important thing to note in 2016? What will be relevant in 2017? Read what printing companies think about the latest developments within our industry in the past year and in the immediate future!
What is the status quo now? The following questions were asked:
- Looking back at 2016, what were the most important developments in terms of technology and production workflow to affect the label industry?
- 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 are your concerns and expectations for the label industry in 2017? What do you consider will be the game-changing developments? How does your view relate to what you might see at Labelexpo Europe 2017?
- Do you currently have digital printing capability? Will you be investing in a digital press (or presses) in 2017?
Find answers to our 2017 survey from a range of printing and converting companies and associations:
- Patrick Wack, CEO of 5Sept Etiquette: “The next challenge, and most important for the revolution in the production chain, is, after the connection within our production chain, to be able to connect our production chain to the customer’s workflow.”
- John A. Bambery, chairman, BPIF: “The industry appears to be in rude health. What is interesting is that companies are continuing to invest in the conventional processes, despite the rise in digital technology.”
- Panos Cabas, general manager, Cabas: “In the last ten years the industry has changed rapidly so companies have no choice but to evolve. Automation is a key trend and will soon dominate every step of the label printing process, both in administration and production workflows.”
- Aydın Okay, president, Canpas: “The required printing ability of the worker using the converting machine is rapidly changing. “
- Erkan Yolgun, pre-print technical manager, Çiftsan Label Company: “In future, smart factories will meet the requirements of special customers better and more efficiently.”
- Edgar Sohm, managing director, Etiketten Carini: “The basic idea of Industry 4.0 is very important for every industry operating and evaluating their own processes to a higher efficiency.”
- Thomas Hagmaier, CEO, Hagmaier Etiketten & Druck: “Fewer people will work more and office work will be separated from the production processes.”
- Jules Lejeune, managing director at FINAT: “In the hyperactive packaging print arena, labels will continue to take first place for creating the best “cocktail” of features”
- Mike Fairley, director of strategic development Labels Group: “It’s no longer engineering, mechanical, manufacturing, solutions that are changing the world. “
- Johannes Michael Wareka, CEO Marzek Etiketten+Packaging: “The implementation of Industry 4.0 is not a one-step-issue but a continuous and ever faster process of change.”
- Isidore Leiser, CEO, Stratus Packaging Europe: “I hope that intelligent labels will help our customer to enter the “4th Industrial Revolution”.