The European Commission recently unveiled plans aimed at reducing marine pollution from plastics in the European Union (EU). The measures envisage banning certain single-use plastics, reductions in the use of plastic food containers and drinks cups at the national level and requirements for producers to help cover the costs of waste management and clean-up. We believe the proposals, if adopted in their current form by the European Parliament and EU member states, could result in some incremental cost for European plastic packaging manufacturers and further increase pressure on the industry to design for sustainability and use more recycled materials. However, we consider the proposed ban on certain single-use plastic packaging products as immaterial for rated European plastic packaging companies because they do not tend to produce these products.

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According to research by International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and multifunction peripheral (MFP) market decreased by 1.6% in unit terms in Q118 compared with the same period a year ago. This is a smaller decline than was originally forecast and for some OEMs the quarter was a rather productive start to the year with many reporting year on year increases. The market decline was less than 100K and most of this contraction was from monochrome lasers rather than consumer inkjets.

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Digital print technology has brought considerable change to label converting, as it has to all other print arenas. The international label industry association, FINAT, which mentors the complex supply chain that a ‘label’ represents today, recently decided that the time had come to establish some real metrics. As a result, the way in which digital print has manifested itself in the European label industry has now been profiled through an in-depth study of current status, anticipated market sizing and growth to 2022, converter benchmark data, and production trends. The results are revealing.

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The final figures and forecasts for the Italian processing and packaging sector confirm the industry’s growth in the second half of 2016, with the majority of companies expecting to see the positive trend continue over the first six months of 2017. Major perceived threats include the competitive and macroeconomic climate, prices of commodities, labour costs and taxation.

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One in four IT organizations in Europe is already operating tiered applications spanning on- and off-premise environments. However, only a few pathfinders are making the necessary technology and process adjustments to make this viable in the long run, according to a recent IDC survey of more than 800 IT and line-of-business decision makers in 11 European countries.

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International Data Corporation's (IDC) EMEA Server Tracker shows that in the first quarter of 2017 the EMEA server market reported a year-on-year (YoY) decline in vendor revenues of 12.7% to $2.7 billion and a YoY decrease of 1.4% in units shipped to just over 530,000. Looking at the EMEA market in euros, reported revenues in 1Q17 declined 9.6% YoY.

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