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New Technology

New Technology

Intelligent packaging solutions on sustainable cartonboard

Consumer behaviour is changing as more consumers adopt a digital life-style. This has led to increasing consumer demand for personalisation, transparency and more information about the packed product via the digital world.

In this context, packaging plays a very important role in transmitting quality and brand values of a product, first through communicating these on a screen and then at home when the consumer sees and experiences the packed product in its physical form.

New technologies are also transforming how consumers view packaging. In addition to being a showcase and vehicle for goods, they see packaging increasingly containing innovations that offer high levels of interaction and engagement.

Retailers, brand owners and suppliers are exploring ways to respond, including:

  • Consumer engagement with packed products carrying digital devices delivering interesting content
  • Next generation identification of products beyond the barcode, allowing more detailed information to be carried on the pack, which delivers more control for the supply chain and personalisation for consumers
  • Packaging as a physical delivery system for the digital world, which is based on responsibly managed raw materials

Cartonboard packaging is the ideal medium for supporting these requirements, by enabling intelligent packaging solutions which are creative and innovative, on a sustainable substrate.

Cartonboard is made from a renewable raw material which, in Europe, is sourced from sustainably managed forests. Responsible sourcing of raw materials can be demonstrated for both wood and recovered paper. A “chain of custody” certificate shows the legal and traceable origin of the fibre materials.

Consumers buying habits may be influenced by the digital world, but once they have the packed product in front of them they want a good experience from handling it. The pack must be:

  • Easy to open and close
  • Informative
  • Attractive and representative
  • Protect and preserve the contents
  • Easy to dispose of

Cartons can deliver all of these attributes as well as other solutions which are driven by new technologies, benefiting the brand owner and retailer as well as the consumer. For example:

  • Food safety through the use of food contact approved chemical additives and other raw materials, low migration inks, barriers and coatings, when required
  • Anti-counterfeiting systems e.g. on pharmaceutical cartons

New technologies enabled by the digital world can be applied onto cartonboard packaging, making these new developments more eco-efficient, since cartons are recoverable, recyclable and continuously being light weighted so that lighter packs perform to ever higher specifications.

Natural and resource efficient, cartonboard packaging can help to create value, convenience and sustainability in the supply chain, while delivering the new digital technologies currently being explored by brand owners and retailers.

For further information on how cartons sustainably support digital and other emerging technologies please visit the different sections on the Menu bar.