2012 has finally arrived, and promises so much. I’ve been looking forward to this year for some time as it will be a big one for Package Print Worldwide.
The big development for PPW this year will be the printed journal, which will provide exclusive insight, market information and analysis on the global business of package printing.
The first-ever printed issue, published towards the end of 2011, has been well received across the market and is already somewhat of a collector’s item, such has been demand for the publication.
This must, in part, be attributed to the quality of the features contributed by some of the biggest and brightest minds in the industry, who not only gave the magazine a solid foundation upon which to build but, in many cases, were also part of the success of the inaugural Package Printing Zone at last year’s Labelexpo Europe.
The Package Printing Zone is set to become a staple of future Labelexpo events, and while details are still being finalized, there’s talk that the presence of PPW and the Package Printing Zone at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago this year will be amplified.
Package printing’s place within the world’s leading label shows is, of course, intended as a value-added extra to supplement the main focus of these events, that of labels and labeling, and to cater for the inevitable cross-over as the two markets intersect at various points.
However, package printing will be breaking out on its own from 2012, with the first in a series of events taking place to specifically address the market.
Packprint Summits will provide an educational forum for those involved and interested in the package printing market, and give attendees the opportunity to learn from, interact with and share knowledge with others in the market from across the world.
For those based in and looking at the Middle East, Packprint Summit Dubai takes places in November this year. The Middle East market will be further investigated by a follow-on exhibition, Gulf Print & Pack, in 2013 that will provide a showcase of the technologies, machinery and materials prevalent in the area and beyond.
Packprint Summit Miami will provide a similar educational forum for the Americas. It takes place in November 2013.
A Digital Packprint Summit is also taking place this year. This will address the growth and development of digital technology in the package printing market and takes place in Berlin on October 1-2 this year.
I can’t forget this very website, which is becoming an ever-more powerful tool and utilized resource for the package printing market, and Drupa, potentially the largest tradeshow I’ll have ever attended.
As you can see, there’s plenty going on this year and so many opportunities to make the most of that mean PPW is a must-watch brand and publication in the package printing market. I hope you have similar expectations for 2012, and look forward to working with you as many as possible.
As ever, I’m readily contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44(0)20 8846 2836 so don’t hesitate to contact me.