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Raj Bhardwaj: Material costs rise – with differing impacts

Raj Bhardwaj: Material costs rise – with differing impacts

Raj Bhardwaj takes a look at how the corrugated market is performing and what to look out for in the future

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The two sides to every carton | Tech Talk – Matt Rockley

The two sides to every carton | Tech Talk – Matt Rockley

There are two sides to every story – and two sides to every carton

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Smithers Pira | The key trends driving bioplastics

With packaging markets consuming more than 60% of all global bioplastics production, the packaging industry has become the most important end-use sector for bioplastics. Smithers Pira finds out more

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Thermal inkjet technology pushing manufacturing limits

Thermal inkjet technology pushing manufacturing limits

Casey Robertson, North American product manager, Videojet Technologies, looks at the challenges of the non-porous makeup of rigid and flexible packages, as well as pre-packaged products requiring a stock keeping...

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Convey, don’t say: how alcohol brands might address plain packaging

Convey, don’t say: how alcohol brands might address plain packaging

Chris Aukett, research manager at design research agency The Big Picture, discusses whether the plain packaging debate will stop at cigarettes

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Mark Ryan: The case for quality corrugated packaging

Mark Ryan: The case for quality corrugated packaging

TRM Packaging's Mark Ryan explores the corrugated packaging landscape

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The Big Question

The Big Question | Is the sector seeing a recovery?

The Big Question | Is the sector seeing a recovery?

In the first month of the year, statistics suggested that the sluggish economy was finally moving in an upward direction. Critics suggest that the figures dont’ tell the full story....

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The Big Question | Should there be more focus on home use in pack design?

While the role of packaging is to attract the consumer in a retail environment, a major part of the brand experience comes in the home. But should pack designers focus...

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The Big Question | Do we shop for packs, not the product?

There are so many factors that go into purchasing decisions. And with convenient packaging and new innovations, is it fair to say that consumers are influenced more by the packs...

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Are brands serious about colour? | The Big Question

The above story on Cadbury and Nestlé’s legal battle shows the importance of colour to a brand. But while consistency across packs is crucial, is there a danger that brands...

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The Big Question | Are easy-to-open packs scarce?

A survey last month from Which? claimed that consumers don’t buy certain foods because packs can be difficult to open. So is there a big problem: are manufacturers failing...

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The Big Question | Do brands target packs at women?

Last month PN reported on research claiming that women are three times more likely to be targeted with on-pack promotions and packaging gimmicks than men. So are women more easily...

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The Big Question | Is sector’s food waste focus right?

Food waste has become a key part of the latest phase of the Courtauld Commitment. So is the packaging industry on the right track by creating new packs that keep...

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