At its first-ever press conference at last month’s Labelexpo Americas 2018, TLMI gave some clues as to what’s inside the trade group’s next Index & Trend Report, due out this fall.
The now 10th version of the study is released twice a year with the spring report focused on labeling printers / converters and the fall edition on brand-owners (the buyers of labeling). The report is unique in the printed-packaging field as it literally tracks the annual growth of converters against different economic indices. One third of TLMI converter-member companies submitted questions to pose to brand-owners in the latest study, and the typical participation rate among brand-owners since 2008 has
Okay, so now onto some of the clues:
- The TLMI North American Digital Press Index will debut, tracking quarterly sales of new digital-press installations across the US and Canada – the first time this data has ever been published.
- A few areas the report will cover:
- Packaging buyers’ migration away from p-s labels to other formats: 75% will stay with pressure-sensitive labels; 14% are moving to shrink sleeves; 11% to wraparound labels; 7% to in-molds; and 4% to direct-print to containers.
- How important is it that label vendors have multiple facilities and geographic proximity to their customers: 14% of brand-owners say its critical; 68% say important but not required; and 18% say unimportant.
- When it comes to flexible packaging printed on label presses, customers are split 85% for labeling and 15% for flex packs. It’s not just ALL labels, anymore, that they want from narrow-web systems.
- How much buyers are prioritizing things like product personalization, extended-content labels, linerless, security features. Keep a lookout ahead.