M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Printing & Packaging sector for Q1 2016 included 66 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet. The average transaction value was $100 million.
Pulp and paper commodity pricing tailed off significantly in the first quarter lowering manufacturing costs and providing a great opportunity for box manufacturers to hedge their bets on raw materials.
Global demand for security printing services is forecast to increase nearly 6% per year between 2015 and 2020, according to a recent report by Smithers Pira. Security printing uses overt and covert print-based features to deter counterfeiting while providing a means of in-field authentication. Security printing techniques include watermarking, holograms, magnetic inks, optically variable color changing inks, and RFID. Brand protection is expected to be a strong growth segment for security printing in industries including pharmaceutical packaging, and tobacco and alcoholic beverage labels as companies seek compliance with government regulations and to protect against counterfeiting. Other top security printing market segments include checks, ticketing, payment cards, and stamps. Read more »