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Looking back at a great year, we definitely do not forget to look forward as well. After all, drupa 2016’s motto was “touch the future”! At K 2016, another trade show within the field of competence “Machinery, Plant and Equipment” at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, we took the opportunity to meet some exhibitors from drupa 2016. While displaying innovations for the plastics and rubber industry, they reviewed drupa 2016 and answered a few questions. We asked them, which future trends they see regarding the next drupa, how they prepare for drupa 2020 and what they are looking forward to the most when thinking of it.

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Confidential documents or security papers normally need a special, and mostly expensive, technique in order to ensure authenticity and safety. Still might change in the future with the invention of Ajay Nahata, professor of electrical and computer engineering from the University of Utah and his team. The engineers developed a method, which uses standard inkjet printers and readily available ink to print hidden images that are visible only when using a specific illumination.

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New developments in printing technologies and materials enter almost every part of our lives. In the past, these have also affected a very important one: our money. With the rise of money, laundering techniques, new ideas and concepts for keeping our money safe and resistant are needed. Security printing constantly evolves and comes up with innovative ways to keep paper bank notes from being copied.

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As drupa 2016 impressively demonstrated: Printing makes the world more beautiful and enriches many parts of our daily life. Besides art, posters and sculptures, new printing technologies even allow creating couture. At this year’s show various exhibitors such as Highcon Systems, and students from the Media Design School Düsseldorf presented extraordinary dresses made out of paper, and the trend to print clothes made from different materials keeps increasing, as shown by Fujifilm’s latest collaboration.

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Digitalization has an impact on many areas of our society. Even the newspaper market is affected, but not only in a negative, but also in a positive way. New digital printing presses and processes offer publishers a more efficient and flexible workflow. This development has been getting the publishers of the Pacific Daily News to rethink their production processes. In the past, this newspaper was produced with an old offset printing press built in 1968, but this has changed recently.

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Today it is important to think, act and print in a sustainable way. Therefore every manufacturer, company and consumer should find ways to save resources and protect the environment even during a print process. In fact, there are various approaches to increase the efficiency of print jobs. As usual it’s the little things that also count, e.g. the ink. Very few know that, when it comes to text documents, it also depends on the font you choose for your text.

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The development of new technologies and inks in printing is key to getting better results in efficiency and sustainability. Just recently Canon has announced the launch of a new kind of ink and its new print head technology for roll-to-roll printers. The use of both is said to reduce printing costs by up to 40 per percent.

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Azure, cobalt, indigo or ultramarine blue: We know already hundreds of blue colors. Scientists from Oregon State University have created a new shade of blue – by accident. The blue pigment made from yttrium, indium, and manganese is called “YInMn”, which is short for the elements it comprises.

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There is a large demand for cost-efficient skin graft to cover wounds or severe injuries, e.g. after a severe burn. Scientists all over the world have made approaches to produce artificial skin. But professor Muhammad Mustafa Hussain from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has developed an artificial skin from unusual materials: Paper, aluminum foil, and sponges.

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At drupa 2016 260,000 exhibitors and 1,837 visitors touched the future whilst Vladimir Alexandrovitch Tiefenbach made history! On 6th June...

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Future Links CW 3: Multichannel Edition

When it comes to multichannel news, we could not get around featuring rumours about augmented reality glasses by Apple, Philips’ augmented-reality technology for the image-guided minimally-invasive surgery market , the Royal Shakespeare Company’s innovative approach to storytelling with virtual reality, Crown’s new microsite for designing metal packaging and the new omnichannel programmatic advertisting integration platform by Sharethrough and Adelphic.