Future Links December 3rd 2014

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature smart oxygen absorbing packaging, Premier Paper’s carbon capture activities, researchers’ attempts to 3D print brain tissue, a strong interest in printed electronics by the Taiwanese YFY Group, a wide-format printing case study, a forecast predicting flat demand for thermal paper, a new food packaging material made of clay and starch and tips how to handle price competition.

Smart packaging extends shelf-life
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) developed a packaging material with key industry members that is now available to members of its consortium. The packaging protects perishables with a layered plastic that is not only extremely effective at keeping out oxygen and moisture, but extends the shelf-life of food by absorbing oxygen that may be present in packaging.
More at Science Daily 

Premier Paper plants 3000 trees
As part of their strategy of environmental responsibility, independent paper merchant Premier Paper Group has planted more than 3,000 trees in a single day at a site that is set to become the UK’s biggest continuous new native woodland. The tree planting day was part of Premier’s Carbon Capture program.
More at Print Week

Researchers attempt to print brain tissue to understand disorders
This is still way out in the future but researchers at the University of Wollongong and the ARC Center of Excellence for Electromaterials Science in Melbourne, Australia, are trying to print brain tissue from stem cells. By 3D printing brain cells and structures, they hope to gain a better understanding of brain disorders.
More at 3D Print

Conglomerate YFY’s CEO confirms interest in printed electronics
Felix Ho, CEO of the Taiwanese YFY Group, a diversified conglomerate owning companies such as E Ink and Arizon, affirmed in an interview that he believes in the tremendous potential of printed electronics. He said that printed electronics would connect and empower everyday objects in ways we never imagined. The field has never been as active as now, he said.
More at ARM Devices

Case study: Clear strategy and focus brings success
Wide-format printer Rapid Digital Press has concentrated on defining its strategy and target market from the start, which has led to success from day one. In the case study, the company describes which factor it credits with bringing the best results.
More at What They Think

Demand for thermal paper in Europe expected to remain flat
There is good news mixed in with the bad: In 2014, demand for thermal paper in Germany generally followed a positive trend. In Europe, however, competition notably increased while the trend in demand was comparatively flat. Looking to the year ahead, industry insiders expect demand to remain flat.
More at EUWID Pulp and Paper

New food packaging made of clay and starch
Scientists from Sheffield Hallam University and Karlstad University in Sweden collaborated to develop a new food packaging material that could reduce the food packaging sector’s reliance on petroleum-based plastics. The scientists used a combination of starch and clay to create a moisture-resistant film coating for paper and cardboard. The packaging will soon be introduced to the market.
More at Packaging Europe

Strategies when facing competition on price
Being undercut by competitors who offer cheaper prices is common in the printing industry. Especially during an economic downturn, cheaper competitors may have better chances when clients are forced to cut costs. An article in Print Monthly gives some advice what do to in such cases.
More at Print Monthly