Interview series: What’s the next game-changer?

What's the game changer? Label printers, label converters and associations are answering (Source: G&K TechMedia)

“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:

  1. Looking back at 2016, what were the most important developments in terms of technology and production workflow to affect the label industry?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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:

You can also download the whole survey as layouted articled for free in our online shop! 

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