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FLEXO Magazine : November 2011
says, major end-use markets for folding cartons exhibit their own micro-demographic trends that are affecting demand. For example, in the health care market, good growth is in store for product lines such as, analgesics, sleep therapies, tranquilizers and other calming products; as well as new products, such as nicotine replacements, contraceptives, vitamins, diet supplements and nutraceuticals. Liberalization of the over-the-counter (OTC) market will see increased sales of products through non-traditional outlets. Technological advances, such as interactive packs, may provide further stimulus in the long term. DEVELOPING MARKETS Findings are put forth in a new study, “ The Future of Fold- ing Cartons: Market Forecasts to 2016.” According to the study, rising disposable incomes in developing markets will boost growth in white goods sales. This will in turn increase demand for household chemicals. The folding carton sector faces a continuous threat from liquid products packed in plastics and ongoing product concentration resulting in ever smaller packs. In developing countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India and China, folding cartons will see an average annual growth rate of 7.9 percent in the 2010-2016 period. According to Pira, limited retail infrastructure in the devel- oping regions is likely to be the most significant hindrance to higher growth in folding carton demand in both frozen foods and ready meals. Nevertheless, increased use of refrigera- tion by consumers in developing countries, plus a gradual improvement in infrastructure, is expected to boost folding cartons in both markets, as well as in dairy product packag- ing. Consumers are increasingly environmentally aware, and demanding products that combine natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging in the personal care market. In the dry food market, modernizing of retail systems in developing regions will boost overall product consumption. An increase in demand for higher-quality graphics, coupled with demand for smaller packs, may boost folding carton consumption. Pira also sees further potential for growth from barrier coating technology and the ‘bagless box. ’ A lthough consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the need for healthier alternatives to the traditional bakery product line- up, and cartons face stiff competition from flexible packag- ing in this sector, the ‘bagless box’ may provide opportuni- ties for development. In the hardware and electrical sector, Pira says, “‘iProd- ucts’ alone have probably accounted for more than 25,000 tons of cartonboard since the launch of the first iPod in 2001 and this phenomenon is likely to continue for some time to come.” . Elsewhere, the car parts and DIY markets, major users of folding cartons, are receiving a huge boost from the economic downturn. n Editor’s Note: The Future of Folding Cartons: Market Forecasts to 2016 is available now for £3,750. For more information, please contact Stephen Hill at +44 (0) 1372 802025, or Stephen.email@example.com www.flexography.org november 2011 FLEXO 9 Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. , Bedford MK42 7XT, UK T: +44 1234 852553 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Atlas Converting North America, Inc. , Charlotte, NC 28273 T: +1 704 587 2450 E: email@example.com www.atlasconverting.com Rewind to the Future The new Titan SR9-DT Dual Turret rewinder brings advanced technology and high performance in to harmony. • MD3 Modular Design concept for optimum production flexibility • Linear Tracking Slitter (LTS) section for highest quality slitting • Acceleration Speed Control (ASC) & high speed rewinding • Compact design with up to 850mm rewind reel diameter per turret • All electric unwind & overhead web path • Reduced power consumption & no hydraulics for cleaner environment • • The new TITAN SR9-DT raises the bar in turret rewinding technology For more information, visit www.atlasconverting.com and you could be the lucky winner of an Apple iPad2! Pallas FTA Flexo ad Oct 11_Layout 1 24/10/2011 15:17 Page 1 FLX_November11.indd 9 11/8/11 3:46 PM