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“No one will own a car in 20 years,” Bob Lutz, one of the biggest names in the car industry, recently predicted, in reference to the growing trend of ride-sharing. Add to this the ongoing emergence of the electric car, the self-driving car, and the connected car – and it’s clear that the future of the automotive industry will look very different to the present.

Components in automotive manufacture are, in many cases, meant to wear. Parts like brake pads or discs for example will wear out eventually. When manufacturers also need to apply traceability codes, it is important that they last as long as the component.

Laser codes can’t be rubbed off, making them the ideal solution for traceability and anti-counterfeiting. With Linx Fibre Laser Marking Systems you can create a permanent mark on a wide range of materials including rubber, plastic, metal and packaging foils.

Detailed pre-printed product information is a vital part of chemicals packaging, often governed by regulations and legislation.

Whether you buy into this as a long-lasting development or regard it as just another fad, there are important implications for the meat industry. Because, when these flexitarians do choose to eat meat, it is more than likely they will seek out a premium cut and a high-quality product. Indeed, quality is a driving factor for many consumers in their purchases of meat – perhaps one of the lasting results of the horse meat scandal of 2013.

As with most industries, the implications of Brexit are generating much discussion and conjecture among meat processors. It is still too early to predict what is likely to happen, but undoubtedly the sector is already experiencing intense competition, which has led to an even greater need to maximise productivity and efficiencies in the processing and packing operations. Nevertheless, this still has to be achieved while delivering consistent quality products – no one wants to suffer the high costs and loss of brand reputation of a recall.

The dairy sector is seeing plenty of new product development and line extensions as consumers demand both to eat more healthily and to be able to snack on-the-move, while still enjoying the occasional treat. 

Notable recent examples include beet yoghurt, protein ice cream, curd cottage cheese with fruit, and Kefir, all contributing to a projected global growth in demand for dairy of 2.5% pa to 2020.

The frozen foods and ready meals sector is enjoying healthy growth. Manufacturers could look to their coding and marking equipment to ensure they are in good shape to grow with the sector.

The baked goods industry is changing – and inevitably any change impacts on all parts of an operation. So what are these changes and how might they affect your choice of coding machinery?

Is it science fiction?

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