Future Links December 1st

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature certification as a way to show commitment to sustainable packaging, Volvic’s Star Wars water bottles, HP’s success with latex printers, Media Super’s augmented reality yearbook, Burger King’s seasonal packaging, Prodway’s new aerospace division, printers’ diversification efforts and Brother’s new mobile printer series.

Certification can show commitment to sustainable packaging
As multiple surveys have shown, sustainable packaging is a major selling point for an array of products. That’s why many companies are looking for ways to ensure that their packaging material comes from well-managed sources. PEFC Chain of Custody certification is one way packaging companies can demonstrate that their commitment to sustainable sourcing.
More at FESPA

Volvic launches Star Wars-themed water bottles
Movie-themed packaging is a clear trend: After Minions characters printed on Amazon boxes have created a buzz, here comes the next movie-themed packaging idea: The mineral water brand Volvic, in collaboration with Disney UK, has created a range of Star Wars branded collectable, limited-edition natural mineral water bottles designed with Star Wars characters. The bottles will be in stores ahead of the release of the new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens  in UK cinemas on December 17th.
More at Packaging News

HP’s latex printers are catching on
HP has announced that 30,000 latex printers have been installed around the world since their launch in 2008, calling the milestone a ‘phenomenal achievement’. The Latex portfolio from HP consists of the 310, 330, 360, and 370 printers as a solution for customers diversifying into large-format production, while the Latex 3100 and 3500 are designed for high-volume production and working to short deadlines.
More at Print Monthly

Media Super yearbook features augmented reality
Media Super, an association with more than 100,000 members and a long history in the printing industry, is about to release its 2015 yearbook. The yearbook with 96 pages features augmented reality technology from Australian printer Openbook Howden. Embedded code and images on certain pages allow readers to see additional video and audio content on their smartphone when holding it close to the page.
More at Print21

Burger King launches Christmas-themed packaging
Christmas-themed packaging as a form of packvertising is getting increasingly popular. The latest company to show its seasonal wrapping is the fast food chain Burger King. The limited edition packaging features colorful motifs, including reindeer and mistletoe-printed coffee cups, and a sandwich wrap inspired by Santa’s belly.
More at Design Taxi

Prodways announces new aerospace division
Prodways intends becoming on of the biggest players in 3D printing. Consequently, the company owned by Groupe Gorgeé is entering one of the most promising and fastest growing segments in the industry: 3D printing for aerospace companies. It has now announced that it will launch a division dedicated to 3D printing for the aerospace industry.
More at TCT

Printers are looking to diversify their businesses
In times of increasing price pressure and competition, European printers are seeking ways of increasing sales and profitability. One way to do so is by diversifying their businesses and thus realizing new opportunities for increased sales and profits. Increasing diversification is changing the structure of the printing market, inks and other consumables in Europe.
More at Ink World Magazine

Brother introduces new printers for people on the go
Email receipts and invoices are increasingly common but there are instances when a sales person or an administrative employee have to print out receipts. To make this easier, Brother has introduced a new a new family of mobile printers, the PocketJet 7 series. The PocketJet 7 series use thermal printing technology with no need for ink, toner or ribbons. Six models for different printing needs are available.
More at BIT