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BOBST – “Industry vision becomes reality by addressing customer needs”

In the countdown to drupa 2024, the world’s leading trade fair for print technologies, BOBST reviews some of the key themes and topics that are shaping the industry. First, they consider their own industry vision – and whether they will see it become a widespread reality by the time we reach drupa.

“In 2020, we set out the BOBST industry vision of ‘shaping the future of the packaging world’, with connectivity, digitalization, automation and sustainability as its pillars,” the Swiss machinery company stated in a recent press release. “Since then, the world has faced an unprecedented pandemic, global conflicts, and extraordinary pressures on the industry due to various factors including the global economy, global supply chains and resource shortages.”

Meanwhile, brand owners and converters are under more pressure than ever from changing market expectations. They face many challenges, like shorter time-to-market, smaller lot sizes and the need to build consistency between physical and online sales. It’s a fast-moving environment, but according to BOBST, their vision has remained stable and consistent throughout. If anything, global events in recent years have reinforced their approach: “As we look ahead to drupa 2024, our vision is continuing to progress at pace. So, where are we up to? And what does it mean for the industry as a whole?”

Connecting the packaging value chain

“We have made progress towards our vision in recent years, offering a steady transformation for the packaging industry, and for our product lines and services,” the press statement reads. Until now, the packaging value chain has remained very fragmented, which causes too many errors and too much waste in the operations of printers and converters. BOBST’s vision is supporting this transformation by moving the industry from a mechanical to a digital world and from manufacturing machines to process solutions along the entire workflow. Together with their clients, they aim to transform the packaging value chain from a series of isolated silos to a connected end-to-end overview.

At the heart of this transformation is BOBST Connect, a constantly evolving, cloud-based digital platform that enhances and improves packaging productivity. It brings data and digital services together in one fully connected platform, with machine insights and expertise built-in, enabling overview and orchestration of the production process.

At the same time, the company wants to shape the industry in each segment – across labels, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated board – to ensure end-to-end connected workflows and continuous innovation in an ever-changing environment. “We gain insights to sustainably support our customers to answer the current and future consumer needs – and respond to the challenges of brand owners, retailers and e-tailers across a flexible and agile workflow.”

Looking to the path ahead

Eventually, all the machines and tooling will “talk” to each other, seamlessly transmitting data through a cloud-based platform orchestrating the entire production process with quality control systems. We are already seeing this, with an increased interest in data usage from PDF to twin PDF, job recipe, machine learning, AI and using best information throughout the production workflow, end to end. For companies who embrace this approach, across the whole production workflow, more fact-based and timely decisions will be made, and higher productivity, higher efficiency and lower waste will be a reality.

Meanwhile, BOBST wants to continue to act as a strategic partner for its customers. A new offer in 2024 is BOBST Application Management, a hands-on innovative consulting service, which is designed for the needs of converters and brand owners. Through it, customers can receive guidance on technologies, raw materials, processes and business cases along the entire packaging value chain.

So, BOBST’s team is confident that its vision is becoming reality already, despite all the external challenges of recent years. By drupa 2024, they aim to have even more proof points to demonstrate its impact.


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