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In cooperation with Bundesverband Druck und Medien (bvdm) and its regional associations we organized the Digitaldruck-Kongress 2017 revolving around the latest developments in the field of digital printing on 6 February 2017. Therefore, we made CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf a hotspot for 250 entrepreneurs and industry experts. During interesting panels, the renowned speakers shared experiences and best practices covering successful concepts, sustainable business models, smart investment decisions and innovative workflows.

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Multispectral imaging and printing might soon become available for daily usage, thanks to the work of a research team at Duke University. In finding a solution to significantly cut down the costs of the expensive process of color and infrared printing, they could have paved the way to revolutionize every industry reliable on multispectral images.

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The term ink can cover a broad variety of different versions. It depends on the purpose, which specific type of ink fits best. Over the past year, manufacturers introduced and presented many innovations on different industry events such as drupa or The Inkjet Conference. The main concepts emerging in 2016 were water-based and UV curable inks. But it still seems quite hard to imagine non-drying inks. That is, however, exactly what MagnaColours recently made possible.

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It is official: Delhi is the city with the world’s worst air pollution. More and more people using vehicles, the continuing growth of industrial areas and various other reasons lead to an increasing amount of smog released into the air. That is why Graviky Labs, a spin-off group of MIT Media Lab, launched Air-Ink last year. This invention converts exhausted gases into ink.

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Shorter runs, faster cycle times, more customized textile-based products for home and fast fashion – the textile market poses enormous requirements to its players, demanding big-scale printing solutions. With its newly launched Tiger-1800B direct-to-textile printer, printer-and-ink-company Mimaki reacts to these and foresees a bright future for digital textile printing.

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After already presenting great pioneers of printing such as Johannes Gutenberg and Alois Senefelder in former blog posts, our series continues with another excellent inventor of our industry: Tolbert Lanston, who developed the Monotype Machine.

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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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How time flies! With the year coming to an end, it is time to recap 2016. Our highlight was drupa 2016, no question! Its atmosphere was inspiring. This could not only be noticed on our fairgrounds, but also all over Düsseldorf and on the internet. More than 260.000 visitors from 188 countries and around 1.900 journalists from 74 countries crowded our halls during the eleven days of the show. They came to learn about technology innovations, further developments and new business lines and, of course, to discuss and network with 1.837 exhibitors from 54 countries.

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In the recent past, we have experienced a mass of innovations coming from the printing industry: 3D printed houses, food or even bones. The printing of OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) displays with an inkjet printer might be another leap in functional printing and next-generation TVs.

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Thanks to printing pioneers such as Johannes Gutenberg our industry has developed to a thriving field. Alois Senefelder is another visionary thinker in our series of printing pioneers. In this article we take you on a journey through the life of Alois Senefelder, whose invention of lithography serves as a basis for today’s reproduction technologies and offset printing.

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Future Links CW 12 – Green Printing Edition

This edition of our future links is all about green printing. Be it the launch of a new sustainability standard for textile printing, a new product range with health and environmental advantages or printing with cellulose, the five pillars of sustainable printing production or tips for ecologically printing in business: This week revolves around sustainable and eco-friendly solutions from the printing industry.