As we kick off into a new year, we take a look at the upcoming priorities and trends hitting the printing industry in 2022.
The Green Agenda
In November 2021, we saw the climate crisis being addressed on a global scale at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. As a result, sustainability become a pressing issue for business owners and the green agenda will continue to be a key trend throughout 2022.
Business owners across the industry will be taking a closer look at their company to identify changes they can make to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their process efficiency. From environmentally friendly print and packaging solutions through to sourcing products and distribution, the topic is at the forefront of the industry and is becoming increasingly important for customers when choosing a product and making a purchase.
Due to these requirements, we will see a rise in zero waste businesses (see our blog around how we are working to achieve this status) as companies commit to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and repair. Those companies setting the pace with their environmental commitments will be shouting up and likely to see an increase in market share as the preferred suppliers.
Plastic Packaging Tax
The Plastic Packaging Tax will be introduced in April 2022 and will prompt manufacturers to consider other material alternatives, along with sustainable carton board options, to reduce their production costs, and ensure that they are able to keep their costs competitive and affordable for their loyal customer base.
Here we predict the use of alternative packaging solutions and innovative designs emerging as businesses look to reduce their overheads to ensure they can continue to deliver quality products at a reasonable price, all whilst generating profit. This will place added pressures on supply chains given the high utilisation of carton board and plastic alternative packaging.
The latest Government statement around Coronavirus saw a step in the right direction for returning to normality, however, the pandemic is still impacting many businesses with increased costs, supply shortages and staff illness.
As a result of this, innovation and flexibility are a must for 2022 as owners look to reduce overheads to balance external rises and offset material costs, without passing the increased costs to their customer base.