Future Links August 20th 2014

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature an award for Epson’s managed print services, a new market research report, a new compact print engine, office space for Paperlinx clients in London, a grant for university research and a commentary on the benefits of data analysis for printing companies.

Epson managed print services win silver medal
Epson’s managed print services are well received by small and medium-sized businesses (SMB). Epson was awarded with a silver medal in the Channel Pro Readers’ Choice Awards. The award highlights the products, technologies, services, and programs that best fit the requirements of SMBs and the channel pro organizations that serve them.
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Research and Markets’ new report focuses on printing
The market researchers’ new analysis “Value-added printing and finishing for improved profitability” shows which value-added enhancements can be implemented with no additional capital investment, which services are in demand and how brand managers view value-added printing services. The 240-page report also covers specialized inks, coatings and substrates.
More at Businesswire.com

New compact print engine for flexible, custom OEM designs
Memjet, a leader in color printing technologies, introduced the Sirius-12G compact color print engine sub-system developed for OEMs. The printer easily integrates into existing media handling systems and is suitable for wide range of applications including label printing, package printing, mail processing, and print-and-apply labels in product manufacturing operations.
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Paperlinx offers printing services and office space in London
Paperlinx’ customers often travel to London for business but find themselves stuck in crammed offices or noisy coffee shops when they need to answer emails or get an online quote to their clients. The printing company Paperlinx now offers its clients an alternative: Office space with printers, WiFi and desk spaces near Elephant & Castle in central London.
More at Print Week

3 million USD grant for university research
To find new 3D printing solutions and technologies, 13 different university programs in Pennsylvania will receive a total of 3 million USD for their research activities. The grant was provided by 3D Systems, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and ‘America Makes’. More than one million USD will go to Carnegie Mellon and Lehigh University for the development of medical instruments and devices.
More at 3dprint.com  

Business data and services can help printers expand their business
Columnist Jennifer Matt believes some printing companies do not fully integrate business data and other services into their presentation, which makes them vulnerable to competition from brokers, distributors and print management companies. She offers suggestions how printers can grow their business with additional services.
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