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Moody's: Wood product growth supports 2018 stable outlook, offsetting commodity paper decline

The likelihood of strong profits from the wood products business, alongside higher prices and growth in paper packaging from increased e-commerce demand, will help to offset the secular declines in the printing and writing paper segment, says Moody's Investors Service in its annual sector outlook published today. As a result, the outlook for the global paper and forest products sector will remain stable in 2018.

Western European SMBs Show Increasing Spending in Traditional IT, Thanks to DX, 3rd Platform, and IA Technology Investments, Says IDC

IT spending for the SMB market in Western Europe is expected to reach $125.3 billion in 2017, with growth of 3.4% over 2016. According to a new study from International Data Corporation (IDC), IT spending will exceed $137 million by 2021, generating a 2.5% CAGR over the 2016–2021 forecast period. In Western Europe, IT spending by the SMB market represents a third of total spending. SMBs are the heart of the Western European economic structure, accounting for more than 99% of the business population and more than two-thirds of total employment.

Apple sees strong demand for iPhone 8 and is preparing for big iPhone X launch

Preliminary data from IHS Markit shows that the global smartphone market grew by 6.1 percent year-over-year in Q3 2017, to 366 million units — up from 345 million units in the year-ago quarter. Apple grew shipments by 2.6 percent year-over-year, as the company is beginning to see the impact of iPhone 8 and the lead-in to the availability of iPhone X. The rest of the market continues to be driven by Chinese brands Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo, which are all showing growth.


AWA’s annual market update

The annual industry update on release liner for pressure-sensitive labels was given by AWA Alexander Watson Associates this year in Brussels, appropriately co-located with Labelexpo Europe. Over two extended afternoon sessions – which enabled participants to tour the show as well – presenters from leading companies across the supply chain provided, in the first session, a review of market trends and applications; and in the second session an evaluation of sustainability and recycling achievements and challenges.

Digital print for packaging market to 2022 – strong growth led by corrugated inkjet

Digital print for packaging is worth $13.2 billion in 2017, and will climb to $23.2 billion in 2022, according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Pira. As such it represents a key growth area for the print industry, as well as opening new market opportunities for packaging converters and their brand customers.

Anti-counterfeiting, brand protection and security packaging market to reach $3.6 billion in 2022

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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