Future Links January 15th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature major packaging trends for 2016, Nano Dimension’s 3D printing patent, a 3D printed nuclear fuel element, Ziegler’s shut-down of its paper production, RR Donnelley’s new contract with Pearson, Sun Chemical’s metallic inks and Mimaki’s new inkjet for textile printing.

Major packaging trends for 2016
Two weeks into the new year, Packaging Digest is looking at the major trends that will influence packaging in 2016. They include clearer labeling, appealing to conscious-minded customers, bioplastics and lightweight packaging. All trends point to the fact that a focus on ‘green’ packaging is quickly becoming a necessity in today’s product environment.
More at Packaging Digest

Nano Dimension files U.S. patent for its 3D printing method
It looks like 3D printed electronics are not such as distant possibility anymore: Nano Dimension Technologies, one of the leading printing electronics company in the area of 3D printing, has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the printing of 3D models, which includes electronic conductors. The company has developed an innovative approach to print objects in 3D that contain conductive traces.
More at 3D fab+print

Chinese researchers 3D print nuclear fuel element
3D printing is taking hold in many different industries, ranging from aerospace to fashion to medicine. Now, it looks like there will be 3D printed elements in the nuclear industry as well. As the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) revealed, Chinese researchers have successfully 3D printed a lower tube socket of CAP1400 nuclear fuel assembly, which is the first time 3D printing has been used to construct nuclear fuel elements in China.
More at 3ders

Ziegler paper stops its paper production
Overcapacity and unfavorable currency exchange rates were just two among a series of factors that contributed to the shut down of Ziegler’s paper production. The Swiss fine and specialty paper manufacturer said it will discontinue paper production in April 2016. The company blames its step on existing overcapacities, unfavorable currency rates and the resulting strong cost pressure.
More at EUWID Pulp and Paper

RR Donnelley & Sons lands sizable contract with Pearson
RR Donnelley has entered into an agreement with Pearson, a leading company in education, business, and consumer publishing. RR Donnelley will provide complete supply chain management of 100 % of Pearson’s printed and other learning materials to include procurement and manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and inventory management for Pearson’s North American operations.
More at Ink World Magazine

Sun Chemical to showcase its inks for metal decoration
Sun Chemical has developed a range of inks for metal decoration over the years. At Cannex 2016, the company will present its latest addition to the SunDuo range, an upgrade of the existing overvarnish ink. The new OV ink offers improved performance during the printing process with better printability and compatibility with over varnish, according to the company. This results in enhanced transparency and ink mileage.
More at Packaging Europe

Mimaki presents ultra-wide inkjet printer for textile printing
Mimaki is trying to establish a stronger presence in the textile printing market, which will be a main focus of the company in 2016. It introduced the super-wide format TS500P-3200 inkjet printer, a 3.2 meter-wide roll-to-roll sublimation inkjet printer. It is a dedicated transfer paper printer for the textile industry, with applications including home furnishing textiles and indoor soft signage.
More at Print Week