Future Links August 27th 2014

Here are today’s links with the most important news and features. Today they include high-end digital packaging presses, a case study about a fast printing job, a viewpoint about the future of packaging design, strategic price-setting for managed print services, an outlook for the metallic pigment market, paper bottles for beverages and a Washington Post article featuring FormLabs.

High-end digital packaging presses gain in installment numbers
Designated color digital printing presses for folding cartons and large-format flexible packaging has been a rarity. The picture started to change at drupa in 2012, when HP Indigo and several of its competitors introduced B2 sheet fed presses for printing folding cartons and, in HP Indigo’s case, a 30” digital web press for flexible packaging. Two years later, the drupa B2 packaging presses collectively have 10 to 20 installations globally.
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Case study shows a fast finish for racecar trailer
When construction and refurbishment specialists Barley McNaughton asked brand and design experts Brilliant Media to refurbish its racecar trailer, it quickly became clear that there was no room for errors. The trailer had to be ready for the next race in Spa, Belgium, in two weeks. Brilliant Media said they chose Antalis Orajet 3951RA vinyl because they needed a consistent, highly reliable wrapping film, which would be stable print after print.
More at Digital to Business 

Interview: The future of packaging lies in customization
Michael Hendrix, Partner of the design firm IDEO, shares his view of the future of packaging design. He believes that personalization will have a big impact on packaging design and that there will be more customized, low volume designs with unique functions. “I think this will have significant impact on manufacturing, requiring companies to move to small scale robotics to have the flexibility in their production lines that they need”, Hendrix says.
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Strategic price-setting for managed print services
The price-per-page model prevails in managed print services. However, setting a price that offers the client reasonable predictability and a steady stream of income for the provider is not easy. Channelnomics shares four price-setting tips that reduce risk and increases manageability.
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Metallic pigment market continues to grow
Wine labels, gift wraps and automotive coatings are the biggest drivers of growth in the metallic pigment market that reached an estimated 1 billion USD in annual sales in 2013. Environmental concerns, price changes and increasing competition are factors that contribute to a challenging environment. Ink World examines the challenges and opportunities in an in-depth article.
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Wine in paper bottles
The Swedish packaging company Ambalaj made it its mission to find good alternatives for plastic water bottles. It succeeded and produced a functional water bottle out of recycled paper. Why not other beverages? Wine, for example? Ambalaj produced a wine bottle made of paper and is, by doing so, perfectly in line with the 5 trends market researchers Landor Associates have been predicting for the future.
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Washington Post views FormLabs as a promising start-up
In an article about young companies to watch, the Washington Posts dedicates a section to the 3D printing company FormLabs that tries to bridge the gap between hobbyist and commercial 3D printers.
More at The Washington Post