Future Links August 22nd 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers 10 food-packaging ideas to reduce waste, HP’s entry into 3D printing, new technology for curing ink at lower temperatures, the launch of a digital café, the new partnership between Esko and Highcon, a labeling-solution for tapered bottles and a new book about the future of the print market.

10 food-packaging ideas to reduce waste
In 2013, the grocery sector alone produced 6.5 megatons of waste, including 1.2 megatons of packaging, according to an article on thedieline.com. The article presents 10 innovative food-packaging ideas that will keep the food fresh and reduce waste. The ideas include edible packages, smaller packaging and increased use of recycled materials.
More at The Die Line

HP to focus on enterprise 3D printing
Hewlett-Packard, one of the world’s leading technology companies, has been lagging behind its competitors in entering the 3D printing market. This is about the change. HP’s CEO Meg Whitman, said the company will enter the 3D printing market this fall but, other than its competitors, it will stay away from the consumer market and concentrate on the enterprise business instead.
More at Tech Insider

New technology allows ink to cure at lower temperatures
Electronics for Imaging recently brought its newest printer to market that allows ink to cure at lower temperatures than previously common in commercial applications. With this technology, it is possible to print on a wide variety of materials, including corrugated cardboard and thin plastic. While the technology was previously available, the price point was too high for most commercial uses. One of the first new Electronics for Imaging hybrid roll/flatbed EFI H1625 LED printer has been installed by the Fastsigns Franchise in Gladstone, Kansas.
More at The Kansas Business Journal

Antalis and Rapidity launch Digital Café
The goal was to create a big bang: Antalis, Europe’s leading distributor of packaging solutions and visual communication products and digital printing company Rapidity joined forces to open a creative space where designers, marketing professionals and print buyers can find inspiration in the world of digital print and paper. A case study details their experiences.
More at Digital 2 Business

Esko and Highcon form a strong duo
The packaging firms Esko and Highcon have signed an OEM agreement and will use each other’s expertise for new and innovative packaging solutions. The OEM partnership brings unique software and finishing capabilities to digital workflow for folding carton production. The partnership will provide greater flexibility to the customers, including the capability to perform last-minute edits.
More at American Printer

Tapered bottles prove a challenge for label-printers
The look is iconic: Finnish food producer Meira, which is a part of the Italian Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, has set itself apart from the competition with uniquely shaped ketchup, mustard and salad dressing bottles. The tapered middle of the bottles created challenges for the label printer but with Herma’s 362M labeling system, the label production is going at a speed of 60 bottles a minute, despite the complexities.
More at Labels & Labeling 

How to prepare for the print market of 2020
Industry experts Richard Romano and Dr. Joe Webb are about to launch another book: “This Point Forward: The New Start the Marketplace Demands” will be presented at Graph Expo this September. The book examines the consequences of recent changes that have made the print market smaller but also more dynamic.
More at What they think