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Top Printing Trends and Advancements in 2024

The printing industry is evolving – and it’s exciting! Advancing technology along with current fashions and consumer demand for sustainability is setting new goalposts. Whether you’re looking for a printing provider who’s bang on-trend or involved in the printing industry, the following are set to take centre stage in 2024 and beyond.

Environment, environment, environment…

Sustainability has never been so important as it is today. Everyone – and we mean everyone – is aware that they have to take personal responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint. Eco-friendly printing solutions is a top online search, proving that companies that fail to address this issue risk losing out to competitors who’ve taken sustainable steps.

Ecologically sound printing includes aspects, such as:

  • Using sustainable print materials: biodegradable and/or sustainable items, such as non-coated paper and PVC-free alternatives.
  • Chemical-free / green inks: swapping inks containing harmful ingredients, such as petroleum, with greener alternatives. These include vegetable or soy products. Not only is this planet-friendly, but these cutting-edge inks also return colours that are more vibrant than their chemical alternatives.
  • Advanced printing technology: options, such as waterless printing, are becoming more commonplace. From using less energy to emitting little to no harmful products during the printing process, there’s a big push for harnessing the dynamics of ecologically sound options.
  • Waste reduction: an important step forward – and is also applied not just to the printing process but to the whole landscape of a company’s practice.

Digital printing, 3D and augmented reality (AR)

Digital printing isn’t exactly new, but when you combine it with cutting-edge tech, such as 3D or AR, then this is truly the stuff of science fiction. An example would be embedding a QR code into printed matter, allowing users to scan it with a smart device and view full-on 3D and interactive information!

And then there’s the whole 3D printing vibe! From a flat, two-dimensional design to a full-on physical 3D object – this is hitting the radar more than ever before.

On-demand and customisation

Advanced printing options make it far more viable to personalise items as required. In addition, the requirement for on-demand printing is growing. The advantages are many:

  • Reduces waste
  • Reduces the need for storage space
  • Easy design updates

Automated processes and the role out of artificial intelligence (AI)

Automating many printing processes and the use of intuitive AI brings multiple advantages. The process becomes more efficient, timescales are reduced, accuracy increases… This results in lower costs for both the provider and consumer – a win-win situation whichever way you look at it.

The printing industry is changing – and there’s no Australian company more ahead of the game than Crystal Printing. We boarded the sustainability train well over a decade ago and we’ve been fully net zero since 2013. Our printing solutions are many and varied – and if you need inspiration our talented graphic design team is second-to-none.

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