CPP EXPO Opens Today

While the $300 billion worldwide packaging market remains one of the top performing segments in the industry, it is not immune to the technological and market forces in play. The use of digital print systems is growing, especially for labels, but also for corrugated/folding carton, and rigid packaging sectors for short to medium runs, as is the demand for value-adds, like personalization and versioning. Also on the rise is high-performance packaging, often called electronically enabled packaging or smart packaging,

In its report, Brand Enhancement by Electronics in Packaging 2013-2023, IDTechEx reveals that over a 10-year period, the total market for e-packaging devices will grow from $0.03 billion to $1.7 billion. Most of the action will remain in the CPG market; by 2023 a projected 35 billion units for CPGs will have some type of electronic functionality.

To learn more about the latest developments in packaging, package printers and converters are flocking to CPP EXPO, which is co-located with PRINT 13.

CPP EXPO, which runs from September 8-12 at McCormick Place, covers the entire converting/packaging marketplace, including flexible packaging, folding carton/boxmaking, corrugated converting, tissue converting, and narrow web/tag and label.

“This dual exhibition of CPP EXPO and PRINT 13 provides the ideal scenario for attendees in the package printing and converting market since they will be able to see and discover all of the very latest in digital, flexo, gravure, offset, prepress and design technologies, and products that are so vital to their customers’ brand marketing strategies,” says Leo Nadolske, President of CPP EXPO.

“Attendees of either CPP EXPO or PRINT 13 will gain access to the combined offerings of both events with a full entry pass to all of the exhibits, plus be able to take advantage of a multitude of industry peer networking opportunities provided by the co-location of both exhibitions and also many other co-located events.”

“For years, many attendees at previous GRAPH EXPO and PRINT events have expressed interest in the packaging and converting segment of the graphic communications industry,” says GASC President Ralph Nappi. “We are convinced that the timing was right to meet the needs and interests of the growing package printing and converting industry by co-locating the two events.”

Among the more than 600 exhibitors on the floor of the two shows, more than half of the exhibitors present products, services, and software relating to the package printing and converting industry. There is also a full slate of educational opportunities, beginning with a seminar program featuring 10 sessions on topics relevant to package printers, including “The Future of PDF for Packaging” and “Short-Run Digital Packaging."

A free presentation, “The BIG Challenge in Package Printing, How Best to Go Small,” will be presented by Karstedt Associates and WhatTheyThink on Wednesday, September 11.

In addition, CPP EXPO is offering its own daily seminar line up. Sessions will cover such topics as food packaging inks, in-line vs. off-line carton manufacturing, digital printing for packaging and labels, developments in printing RFID tags and other smart packaging solutions, the future of flexible film packaging, and three-dimensional digital decorating for packaging.