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Label shipments forecast to grow by 2011

U.S. label shipments will increase 5.1% annually to $18.3 billion in 2011 according to Labels, a new study from

The Freedonia Group (www.freedoniagroup.com). Among the trends reported in the study are the following:

  • Primary packaging will remain the major market for labels, although secondary labeling will benefit from continued demand for bar codes, RFID, and electronic article surveillance.
  •  Paper will continue to dominate the label industry, but it will slowly lose market share as the use of plastic stock materials expands.
  • Pressure-sensitive labels account for the majority of label shipments but will face increased competition from stretch-sleeve and heat-shrink labels.

The 321-page report is available for $4,500. For further details, contact Corinne Gangloff at 440/684-9600, or e-mail at [email protected]. ā€”Jim Butschli

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