Future Links February 23rd 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Epson’s new textile printer, 7 breakthroughs in medical 3D printing, a boost for Singapore’s printing business, the benefits of print ads in the marketing mix, the dangers of 3D printing, recognition by Fortune for International Paper and DS Smith’s acquisition of Duropack.

Epson introduces textile printer for designers
With its relatively low price, this printer is aimed at designers and small fashion businesses. Epson’s new dye sublimation printer Sure Color F7170 is priced at 20,000 USD. It was presented in New York and promises industrial-level performance.
More at PSFK

7 breakthroughs in medical 3D printing
Bioprinting is a new technique in the medical field. It is based on bio-ink, cell structures that are used to print living tissue. In the past years, major progress has been made in this field. Scientists have successfully printed organ-parts, stem cells, skin grafts, bone and cartilage among other critical structures.
More at The Future of Things

Singapore’s anniversary benefits printers
Singapore’s 50th birthday has brought extra business for printing and design companies. Posters and brochures with the logo of the anniversary are in great demand and some printing businesses have registered a 30 per cent increase in orders.
More at Channel News Asia

Print creates credibility and tangibility for ad campaign
Print ads can be a valuable part of the marketing mix. Businesses not only value the tangibility and added credibility but also fact that print advertising can engage customers in unique ways. QR codes are a great way of bridging the gap between pint and online in a campaign.
More at AZ Daily Sun

Wired warns that 3D printing will grow through counterfeiting
Citing the examples of the VHS player and the laser printer, an article in Wired magazine argues that technological growth spurts are often fuelled by illicit or illegal activities. The magazine says that counterfeiting is likely one of the major reasons why 3D printing will be a major growth industry in the coming years.
More at Wired

International Paper makes Fortune list
International Paper has been recognized as one of the most admired companies in America by the business magazine Fortune. This is the 12th time in 13 years that International Paper has made the list. The company credits its 58,000 worldwide employees with the success.
More at What They Think

DS Smith is acquiring Duropack
In a 300 million Euro deal, DS Smith is buying Duropack, a recycled corrugated board packaging business with market-leading positions across South Eastern Europe. Provided the authorities give a green light, the acquisition is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2015.
More at EUWID Pulp and Paper