A global resource and trade association for the packaging industry has launched a series of reports intended to identify and address developing industry trends. PDF versions of the first four Packaging Intelligence Briefs, which focus on automation trends, barrier materials, in-store advertising trends, and RFID trends, are available on the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI; Arlington, VA) Web site. Subsequent issues will also be accessible through the site.
Each brief is devoted to a specific topic and details how packaging machinery suppliers and manufacturers are—and should be—responding to market needs. Information presented in the briefs is gleaned from various industry studies and surveys conducted by the group throughout the year. The organization is made up of more than 500 manufacturers of packaging and packaging-related converting machinery, as well as suppliers who manufacture commercially available packaging machinery components.