Welcome to 2022. Well, not quite, but this issue serves as your gateway into the next 12 months.

Across the following pages, you’ll read trendspotting analysis and predictions from various sources, using their insight and top-down view of market trends to paint a picture of why we should all be rightly excited for 2022.

I and the rest of the DLP team are excited too, and with good reason. For one, we are publishing an additional issue next year that will allow us to adequately deliver the knowledge and information needed by the digital print for packaging value chain, to drive digital print forward and help the industry to reach new heights. This additional issue will be published in early 2022 as we join the industry in preparing for what will be a vibrant and exciting reimagining of full-scale, in-person industry events and exhibitions, kicking off with the returning Labelexpo Europe in April (see p4 and p14 for more), and followed by the likes of Printing United later in the year. I personally can’t wait to get going again. My schedule is already starting to get full for Q1 next year, so I suspect if you want me and my peers to undertake customer visits/press trips, you need to get them in our collective diaries sooner rather than later.

We ourselves are using spring 2022 to relaunch the Digital Print for Brand Success conference. Established over a number of years, the conference has built a reputation for both high calibre education and networking. It is already a well-regarded event, but with the plans we have in development, the conference will return with a fresh focus befitting the current market and its future needs. Look out for further updates.

We are also introducing a special supplement focused on finishing and embellishment, to be published alongside our November/December issue in 2022. For anyone wanting to know more, make sure to contact Rachael Nikolaj whose details are on the left of this page.

Back to the here and now, this issue takes a look at the markets for fibre-based substrates and folding cartons, two areas of the industry closely aligned and both set to boom in the near-future.

You can also have fun with our online festive quiz, where we challenge you to guess the industry-specific terms and phrases via pictures and symbols. If you’ve not done so already, have a go at www.dlpmag.com/xmas.

I look forward to reading your guesses and answers, and awarding a prize to the overall winner.

This Editor’s Comment was first published in the November/December 2021 issue of Digital Labels & Packaging, and which can be read here

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