Future Links April 2nd 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Lumejet’s high-resolution printing process for electronics, smart packaging options, Sappi’s new specialty carton board, Konica Minolta’s fast black-and-white printers, a study of the global labeling market, ways to collaborate across the supply chain and Avery Dennison’s recycling program for label matrix waste.

LumeJet wants to use high-resolution printing process for electronics
LumeJet, a spin-out from Warwick University, developed a three-color RGB digital print head which is used in an inkless digital photographic printer. The company plans to use the printing technology for printing electronic devices such as flexible displays and OLEDs.
More at Electronics Weekly

Smart packaging design to enhance products’ usability
After Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design Jonathan Ive confirmed that luxury editions of the Apple Watch will arrive in leather boxes that will retain function as magnetic charging docks, designers discuss ideas how to make charger less unsightly. Smart packaging seems like the best solution to combine functionality with a strong brand image.
More at PSFK

Sappi introduces new specialty cardboard
A new addition widens Sappi Specialty Papers’ product portfolio. The company announced the introduction of Atelier, a brand-new concept in folding box board (FBB) that broadens Sappi’s offering in terms of both width and depth of coated virgin fiber carton boards for the packaging market.
More at Graphic Repro Online

Konica Minolta adds speed to monochromatic printing
The bizhub Press 1250e/1250eP and the bizhub Press 1052e series will have the added features, which, according to the company, will handle ‘high volume, and high speed monochrome printing’. While black and white printing overall is in decline, Konica Minolta sees growth in local markets.
More at i-Grafix

A close look at the global labeling market
The worldwide labeling market is changing in different geographical regions and across product segments. Market researchers at AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ published their Global Labeling and Product Decoration Market Update 2015 with an in-depth look at the market.
More at Labeling Blog

Collaborating across the supply chain in a circular economy
Linear supply chains are not especially well suited for the needs of a circular economy in which packaging is reused or repurposed. Reducing complexity and optimizing resources is a key focus in DS Smith’s latest report ‘The Power of Less’, which details the challenges of managing packaging in the supply cycle.
More at Packaging Europe

Avery Dennison offers recycling for label matrix waste
Avery Dennison has already launched several initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of label production. This time, the company partnered with Belgian-based Seliplast AG (Second Life for Plastics) to launch a recycling option for label matrix waste made of polypropylene and polyethylene. The program is available to converters in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France.
More at Packaging Europe