Diverse ongoing threats, new regulatory requirements for life critical products, and technical evolution will fuel market growth for anti- counterfeiting packaging technologies across the next five years, according to exclusive new data from Smithers Pira.

Its new report, The Future of Ant-counterfeiting, Brand Protection and Security Packaging to 2022, Smithers’ forecasts this global market will grow during the period 2017–2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3%, to reach $3.6 billion in 2022.

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Wirepas has disclosed a white paper on the benefits and new opportunities of using decentralized, or mesh, networks for asset management. The white paper introduces the business and technical requirements for data in various asset management application areas, such as warehousing, logistics, manufacturing, construction and mining. The collected data can be serialized ID based count, location and sensor data. The basic customer needs for the system have been matched with Wirepas Connectivity features. The covered use cases for the application areas, goods-in and goods-out, inventory, picking, location data, sensor data and people count and location data, are all commonly known challenge areas for process improvement.

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In 2017 digital printing accounts for 16.2% of the global print market value and 2.9% of the volume. This is up from 2.1% of the volume in 2012, and the transition is accelerating to 3.9% of volume by 2022 according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Pira.

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World cotton production is forecast to grow by one per cent in 2017-18. Global consumption may recover by one per cent as cotton prices decrease. Cotton production in India is projected to grow by two per cent. World cotton mill use is expected to remain unchanged due largely to weak global economic growth and competition from polyester.

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The global spandex fiber market is expected to register a CAGR of 8.8 per cent in the period 2016-2022. There is a rise in demand for spandex fiber from various end-user industries and an increase in application scope owing to its superior properties. Also, the launch of bio-based, eco-friendly spandex products is expected to drive demand over the forecast period.

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The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market increased 0.6% year over year to 26.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. The growth was driven by a solid performance in the inkjet and laser markets, which grew 0.6% and 1.6% year over year, respectively. Shipment value also increased to more than $14 billion in the quarter.

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