Smart Packaging

While it's perhaps un-PC if not unfair to characterize certain packaging as dumb, there are a number of packages that can be characterized as smart without hesitation. Smart packaging provides enhanced functionality that can be divided into two submarkets:  Active packaging, which provides functionality such as moisture control, and intelligent packaging, which incorporates features that indicate status or communicate product changes and other information.

 

It's a growing segment: According to a report from Freedonia, demand for active and intelligent packaging in the U.S. is forecast to expand 8.0 percent annually to $3.5 billion in 2017, well above total packaging demand growth. The report identifies food and beverages as the two largest markets for smart packaging in 2012, and projects that pharmaceuticals will be the fastest growing active and intelligent packaging market through 2017, with opportunities driven by the health care needs of the aging U.S. population.

 

Advances in printed electronics are boosting the potential opportunities for smart packaging by lowering costs. Printed electronics start-up Thin Film Electronics announced in October that it has built the world's first self-contained, integrated electronic tag system made using printed electronics. The company has an agreement with film vendor Bemis, which opens up a clear venue for smarter flexible packaging including for foods, that has been extended by two years.

 

Smart packaging even has its own association, the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Assn. (AIPIA), surely a sign of smarter packaging ahead.

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A Sun Chemical partnership for conductive inks creates smart packaging that opens up new opportunities to create a “tailored consumer experience” through packaging.

 


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Curious about how your products can take advantage of smart packaging technologies? The Active & Intelligent Packaging Assn. (AIPIA) can help you sort it all out.


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Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) have seen applications in television panels, mobile devices and related visual media. Now VTT Ltd. is looking to broaden those markets to include packaging using its cost-reducing roll-to-roll printable...


A Sun Chemical partnership for conductive inks creates smart packaging that opens up new opportunities to create a “tailored consumer experience” through packaging.

 

One result of T+Sun, a partnership between...


A live demonstration of Blippar’s augmented reality technology in September at Label Expo, specifically a blipp for Wheaties, caught my attention. In fact, it was astonishing. The basic enabling technology, the Blippar app, is free to download and...


Curious about how your products can take advantage of smart packaging technologies? The Active & Intelligent Packaging Assn. (AIPIA) can help you sort it all out. The AIPIA Congress...


Want to really gain consumer interest at the point of purchase? This invention is directed at increasing the enticement at point-of-sale through packaging for products such as a breakfast cereal in a new, cost-effective way that can be described...


What’s smarter than smart packaging? Interactive packages being developed today, says Gordon Bockner, president of packaging consultancy Business Development Associates Inc. He attended the recent...


Hollywood often tells us how much a movie cost to make so we’ll be suitably impressed with the studio’s commitment to totally wow us.

So I was amazed to learn that companies developing printed electronics are spending from a few hundred...



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There are also times when you need...


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