Packaging sector continues to develop exciting innovations

Last month Kodak participated in the Asian Flexible Packaging Conference (AFTA) in Manila. As we all know, the country is dealing with the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, so it was certainly no small effort on the part of the AFTA organizers to ensure the conference could be held. It’s just one of the many examples of the incredible resolve of the people of the Philippines.

Kodak showcases a range of consumer packaging examples at AFTA

Kodak showcases a range of consumer packaging examples at AFTA

Over 200 participants attended the conference to share, learn and discuss the many innovations happening across the packaging sector. We were very honored to count some of our customers as award winners, including Kodak Flexel NX users: Letra Graphics India (Gold Award) and TPN Flexpack of Thailand (Gold & Silver Awards).

An area that continues to attract quite a bit of attention is the work Kodak is doing in the functional printing space, which includes smarter packaging and the development of touch screens for smartphones and tablets. On the “smart packaging” front, Kodak is currently developing applications that span active packaging, electronic packaging, and brand protection. Imagine food packaging with printed sensors that provide a range of useful information, like if the carton of milk has been out of the fridge for too long to safely consume.

Kodak is also beginning to develop the capabilities to help reduce the cost of touchscreens and even make them flexible and foldable. This new method would combine our printing capabilities and extensive intellectual capital in the material sciences space. Currently, touch screens are produced using a very rare metal called indium. As part of the new process, Kodak will produce touch screen sensors using our silver halide technology. You can read more about this interesting new market at Kodak’s Touch Screen Sensors page.

For more information on Kodak Packaging Solutions, contact Vidhu Gautam, RBM APR, Email: vidhu.gautam@kodak.com