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This week our news round up from the printing industry covers 3M’s new materials for industrial 3D printing, the expansion of Hapa’s inkjet range, a partnership between Mitsubishi Imaging, Inc. and DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE, acquisitions by Ambro and Toppan’s engagement for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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New Materials for Industrial 3D Printing by 3M
A large proportion of commonly used industrial plastics aren’t widely available for 3D printers, so that they are unsuitable for many applications. But recently, the industrial polymer supplier 3M extended its portfolio by 3D printable fully-fluorinated polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) polymers. This substance is extremely useful due to its hydrophobic properties and its extremely low friction coefficients. In this context, the multinational corporation also announced to introduce a print-on-demand solution, which will offer 3D printed parts with particularly complex geometries made of PTFE.
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Two New Units in Hapa’s Drop-on-Demand Piezo Inkjet Range
Hapa has expanded its inkjet range with two new additions. The compact MedJet 470 was designed especially for the medical packaging industry to produce blisters, deep-draw blisters, trays and pouches. The single-color UV inkjet can easily be integrated onto continuous or intermittent motion packaging machines, which enables its users to print onto many different substrates such as aluminum foil, PVC, or Tyvek. Moreover, the world-leader of in-house and inline-printing solutions for the pharmaceutical industry introduced the Blister CMYK, which focuses on printing onto blister and deep-draw blister products. The fully digital UV system is able to print text and graphics in four colors on aluminum foil, paper-backed foil, PVC, and Tyvek.
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Partnership Between Mitsubishi Imaging, Inc. and DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE
Mitsubishi Imaging, Inc. (MPM) has signed an agreement with DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE, which includes the exclusive selling right of DREWSEN’s PROINKJET papers in North America. This paper is compatible with most high-speed commercial inkjet presses. With this partnership the provider for photographic, inkjet, and graphic arts industries rounds off its portfolio of surface treated inkjet papers suited for a wide range of print applications .
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Ambro Acquires Graphic Metal
Ambro has just finalized the acquisition of Graphic Metal, a provider for corporate identity products and bespoke packaging. With the merger, the packaging and presenting products company supports its existing assortment and aims to add new products to its range. An essential part of the agreement is that Ambro continues to run this side of the business under the Graphic Metal and Promolyte names.
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Toppan Printing Announced to be Tokyo 2020 Official Partner
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced that Toppan Printing is going to be Tokyo 2020 Official Partner in the category of Printing Services under the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Program. Thereby the printing company continues its long connection to the Olympic Games, which started in 1964 with providing official posters for the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. This commitment was followed by supporting a weekly magazine during the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games and producing the accreditation cards for the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Additionally, Toppan Printing runs its own program for employee athletes and is an official partner of the Japanese Para-Sports Association.
More at Printing Impressions