Global Packaging Trends Report shows modest growth in 2015

The recent Global Packaging Trends Report for 2015, which was sponsored by Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), shows three influencers making a mark in every region: growing consumer awareness of health and wellness, stronger influence of recycling and environmental issues, and increasing disposable income and purchasing power. 

Other important regional trends include urbanisation, convenience, smaller pack sizes, branding strategies, Internet retailing, and premiumisation. 

Globally, flexible plastic remains the dominant pack type with PET Bottles in second place. Pack types such as brick liquid cartons and PET bottles will register the highest growth rates.
"These trends are affecting packaging because they're driving consumers' purchasing choices," says Mark Dingley, Chairman, APPMA. 

"Recyclability and reusability of packaging are dominant trends and the report is predicting that this will continue as PET and glass bottle usage increases."

Packaging markets in the Middle East and Africa are anticipating 5.3 per cent CAGR growth in volume, but forecasts for Western Europe and North America land at the other end of the spectrum, with 0.4 per cent and 0.5 per cent, respectively.

The expansion in the Middle East and Africa is the result of increasing exposure to modern lifestyles, and is manifesting in growth opportunities available for packaging of carbonates, biscuits, and yogurt and sour milk products. 

In Asia Pacific, forecast for 4.3 per cent CAGR increases in volume, the increasing demand for PET bottles, particularly in the bottled water category, supports health and wellness concerns.

North America, on the other hand, is a mature market, but consumers are developing growing interest in several categories. These include healthy categories such as bottled water, and areas of innovation, such as confectionery.

Globally, the report notes flexible plastic remains the dominant pack type, accounting for 29 per cent of the market, while PET bottles (12 per cent of the market) will be among the fastest growing, with 4.7 per cent CAGR. Bottled water is expected to add 135 billion units through 2019, accounting for 54 per cent of the absolute volume growth in PET bottle use. While beverage packaging drives growth in PET and glass, categories such as confectionery and biscuits prop up flexible packaging use.

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Detmold aces packaging design awards

Australian owned and operated, global packaging company, Detmold Packaging has proven it is at the cutting edge of innovation at design and print in the packaging world, recently winning five nationally recognised awards.

Detmold’s investment in innovation and design for packaging is both deliberate and substantial and this is evident through LaunchPad.  LaunchPad is the Detmold Group’s innovative centre for research and development, concept creation and rapid prototyping and there are studios both in Australia and China.

The first accolade was the 2015 Good Design Award for Detmold’s innovative creation of the Qantas dinner box.  This product is Australia’s first ovenable board carton that is specially designed to hold pre-cooked meals which are then baked onboard. 

The dinner box was created by Detmold LaunchPad’s Industrial Designer and Young Australian Designer of the Year 2014, Max Hughes as well as Detmold LaunchPad’s Group Product Manager, Andrew Good.

The duo designed this award-winning piece to reduce the packaging of in-flight meals, enhance portion sizes and create efficiency in serving guests for QANTAS. 

The Australian Packaging Covenant presented Detmold with the overall Sustainable Design Award (KPI 1) in 2015. This award recognises the outstanding performer amongst brand owners and packaging manufacturers in designing packaging that achieves significant sustainability improvements. 

Detmold’s entry into the 2015 National Print Awards, led to three awards.   A gold medal was awarded for the Chandler’s Pet Litter bag in the Wide Format, Flexible Substrate Division and a bronze for the same product in the packaging category.  The high quality print was achieved on the technically challenging brown kraft material. 

A further bronze medal was awarded in the Wide Format, Flexible Substrate Division for the White Wings Heritage Flour design. 


APPMA set to Viva Las Vegas

The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) is will be participating in the Partner Program at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre on the 28th to the 30th of September 2015.

According to Mr Mark Dingley, Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), “this is the third consecutive year that the Association has been an exhibitor at PACK EXPO due to the continued high levels of interest in the Australian market attained each year from attending the event.” 

“Exhibiting at PACK EXPO each year allows the APPMA to raise the global profile of our association and our member companies. Our member companies represent a very large range of leading international brands in the packaging and processing machinery and allied components industries and we welcome companies who are looking for agency or distribution opportunities in Australia to come and visit us on stand 1343 in the Association Pavilion.” Mr Dingley said.