Five Global Trends That Will Transform Production

1. How 3D Printing Will Change The World

“3D printing will change the way things are produced more in this century than the industrial revolution did over the last 300 years.”

Rick Smith, Forbes June 2015

2. Our Ageing Population And Easy Opening Packaging

“The ageing population is the largest and fastest growing sector of the market – but when it comes to packaging design, the elderly are often overlooked. With 73 percent or $3,262 billion of Australia’s net household worth belonging to those who are aged 45+, surely it makes sense that their needs are actively considered through the design process. A failure to do that creates a barrier to purchase. Simply, if you can’t open it, you can’t eat it.”

Fergal Barry, strategic partnerships manager at Arthritis Australia

3. Developments in Tamper Evidence

Packaging security is more critical today than ever. It can protect against everything from consumer tampering to bioterrorism to product counterfeiting.

Solutions may involve all phases of product production, distribution, logistics, sale, and use. No single solution can be considered as ‘tamper proof’. Most times many levels of security need to be considered to minimise the risk of tampering.

4. How Millennial Consumers Are Transforming Today’s Packaging Industry

The largest and most influential generation in history is demanding innovation that is changing the way brands approach their packaging.

Millennials have surpassed baby boomers to become the largest generation in history. They have a significant influence on the decisions made by consumer goods manufacturers and are not only the driving force behind a changing product mix, but their purchase decisions are prompting manufacturers to differentiate their brands with creative and unique packaging.

5. Innovative Materials And Technologies That Will Change The World

We know that technology has the capability to change the world. But how can we determine which technologies are likely to have the greatest potential to transform the future of the human race? What is the process to distinguish among the innovations that will have limited impact and those that will be milestones on the path of progress?

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