AWA’s annual market update

The annual industry update on release liner for pressure-sensitive labels was given by AWA Alexander Watson Associates this year in Brussels, appropriately co-located with Labelexpo Europe. Over two extended afternoon sessions – which enabled participants to tour the show as well – presenters from leading companies across the supply chain provided, in the first session, a review of market trends and applications; and in the second session an evaluation of sustainability and recycling achievements and challenges.

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Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 2.4 percent increase from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. This growth rate is up from the previous quarter's forecast of 1.4 percent, due to the U.S. dollar decline against many foreign currencies

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Digital print for packaging is worth $13.2 billion in 2017, and will climb to $23.2 billion in 2022, according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Pira. As such it represents a key growth area for the print industry, as well as opening new market opportunities for packaging converters and their brand customers.

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