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Brand Enhancement by Electronics in Packaging 2012-2022

Brand Enhancement by Electronics in Packaging 2012-2022
Category: Consumer Products Published: Aug 2011 Pages: 310 View Contents
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Our new report "Brand Enhancement by Electronics in Packaging 2012-2022" reveals the global demand for electronic smart packaging devices is currently at a tipping point and will grow rapidly from $0.03 billion in 2012 to $1.7 billion in 2022. The electronic packaging (e-packaging) market will remain primarily in consumer packaged goods CPG reaching 35 billion units that have electronic functionality in 2022.

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E-packaging addresses the need for brands to reconnect with the customer or face oblivion from copying. That even applies to retailer own brands. It addresses the ageing population's consequent need for disposable medical testers and drug delivery devices. Electronic packaging addresses the fact that one third of us have difficulty reading ever smaller instructions.

Electronics is already used in packaging from winking rum bottles and talking pizza boxes to aerosols that emit electrically charged insecticide that chases the bug. We even have medication that records how much is taken and when and prompts the user. Reprogrammable phone decoration has arrived. But that is just a warm up. The key enabling technology - printed electronics - is about to reduce costs by 99%. Consequently, many leading brand owners have recently put multidisciplinary teams onto the adoption of the new paper thin electronics on their high volume packaging. It will provide a host of consumer benefits and make competition look very tired indeed. This is mainly about modern merchandising - progressing way beyond static print - and dramatically better consumer propositions.

Main Drivers of the Rapid Growth

The rapid growth will be driven by trials now being carried out by leading CPG companies and the rapid technical developments emanating for over 3000 organisations, half of them academic, that are currently working on printed and potentially printed electronics.

The six main factors driving the rapid growth of electronic smart packaging are:

  • Ageing population
  • Consumers are more demanding
  • Consumers are more wealthy
  • Changing lifestyles
  • Tougher legislation
  • And concern about crime and the new terrorism

There will also be growth from existing applications such as talking pizza boxes, winking logos on multipacks of biscuits and bottles of rum, compliance monitoring blisterpacks in drug trials, prompting plastic bottles of drugs that prompt the user, testers on batteries and reprogrammable decoration on mobile phones. However, our projected adoption only represents a few percent of CPG packages being fitted with these devices in 2022.

All of these trends, including detailed ten year forecasts, are covered in this report. The report reveals many ways in which brands can create a sharp increase in market share, customer satisfaction and profitability. To gain very high volume, and therefore lowest costs, by selling across all industries, basic hardware platforms such as the very low cost talking label must be developed. These are discussed. There are over 250 pages and a large number of original figures and tables - over 150. These detail market forecasts, statistics for associated industries, pros and cons, technology choices and lessons of success and failure - a lucid, compact analysis for the busy executive. There is much for both non-technical and technical readers.

Who should buy this report?

The report is vital for those operating in the following roles:

  • Chief Executives
  • Brand Managers
  • Marketing and Business Planning Managers
  • Packaging Executives
  • Creative brand-facing media staff in fast moving consumer goods companies

It is also meant for organisations supplying, buying and using healthcare disposables. The report is important for printers, packaging converters, label makers, electronics companies and those supplying electronic inks, paper and film. It will inspire those interested in the technology, marketing, investment, legal, regulatory, environmental and other issues. There are over 40 profiles of developers and suppliers of this "e-packaging" technology.

The global demand for electronic smart packaging will grow to $1.7 billion in 2022