A recent article, published in July, showed that within the packaging products, global plastics packaging market (bags, pouches, films, containers, envelops, etc.) is expected to grow at an average rate of 5.2% over the next five years, to reach $370.25 billion by 2020.

Most of this growth will be driven by the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry which is increasingly turning to plastics for product safety reason and consumer demand. Coding and marking companies will have to develop innovative new products in order to address this growing trend and offer high quality solutions.

Thanks to the recent innovations in the Inkjet printers, offering now solvent-based inks capable of adhering on non-porous surfaces such as plastics, this technology has been recognized as one of the best options for this industry.

Moreover, other articles highlight some other trends in the pharmaceutical industry that can have great impact on the coding system used by manufacturers in this industry. In fact, there is a growing demand for single dose units, implying reduced space for printing or labelling legal information in the product.

With more than 15 years of experience in the high-resolution inkjet coding and marking industry, ALE has been able to develop the widest range of systems available in the market, offering tailored solutions for all the main industries.

With its high resolution solvent-based printers, ALE's machines appear as very valuable marking and coding solutions for this industry. In fact, they are able to print a code from 0.7 mm high, with constant high-resolution, an asset when it comes to printing codes on very little packages. Very compact and robust, our 18mm systems can help industrials in the pharmaceuticals sector optimize their coding and marking.

The solvent-based ink used for non-porous surfaces are always compliant with the REACH regulation, a European regulation that ensures minimal risks for human health and environment to be contaminated by chemical products, making ALE the most adequate solution for this specific market.