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Focus on late-stage customization: rlc | packaging group at Cosmetic Business 2018

Late-stage customization: rlc personalizes offset-printed high-finish pack-aging by adding a digital component – such as customized lettering.

Hanover, 09 May 2018 – The rlc | packaging group will be addressing current trends in the beauty and healthcare industry at the Cosmetic Business international trade fair on 6-7 June in Munich. The packaging specialists will present their newest concepts and technologies for the efficient implementation of late-stage customization and personalization at booth D17 in hall 4.

"Premium beauty and lifestyle products are not only differentiated by their quality. They are also capable of establishing and maintaining an emotional bond with the consumer," explains Stephan Bestehorn, Managing Partner of the rlc | packaging group. "In these times of e-commerce, big data and influencer marketing, brand manufacturers understand customer needs in more detail. One way to address this is through product individualization. The need can be most effectively and efficiently communicated by individualized packaging at the point of sale." This is where rlc starts by implementing digital technologies and data handling. The system supplier offers brand manufacturers late-stage customization options to smoothly and efficiently integrate packaging individualization into standard processes.

Late-stage customization enables offset-printed packaging to be supplemented and upgraded with customized sleeves, labels or imprints in the last processing step. Thanks to agile value chains, rlc is also capable of supplying personalized packaging to customers for seasonal events or online promotions.

Investment in coding technologies

In line with the current trend towards individualization, the rlc | packaging group has expanded its capacity for late-stage customization and coding at its plant in Aachen. "This investment is part of our ongoing specialization for the Beauty and Prestige industry," says Bestehorn. "For example, at the Aachen plant we have four different coding technologies to print visible and invisible codes along with lettering." Especially efficient is the high-end sheet-fed coding process in which the sheet or the single copy is finished with the unique print image in one pass. In addition to personalization, product safety is an important aspect. Invisible digital 'fingerprints' and individual coding facilitate authentication of branded products and can be applied to every imaginable packaging format.

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