Future Links January 23rd 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers the value of sustainable packaging, Unilever’s 3D prototyping experience, M&A activity in the paper and cardboard market, a 3D printed mountain bike, a UK vote on standardized tobacco packaging, J&G Environmental’s move to supply packaging to printers and the expanding role of ink producers in the supply chain.

Sustainable packaging is part of the brand experience
Younger consumers in the age range between 15 and 35, the so-called Millennials, place a high value on sustainable packaging. According to a survey conducted by Stora Enso, a leading provider of packaging solutions, 85% of the respondents viewed sustainable packaging as an integral part of the overall brand experience and 44% are prepared to pay a premium price for eco-friendly packaging.
More at Popsop

Unilever speeds up prototyping with 3D printing
3D printing has long been hailed as an amazing efficiency tool in prototyping. Now, there is concrete evidence that this is the case. Consumer goods producer Unilever has cut lead times for prototype parts by 40% since introducing Stratasys‘ PolyJet 3D printing technology into its manufacturing process.
More at 3ders

M&A activity in the forest, paper and packaging sector to continue
The last quarter of 2014 saw a considerable uptick in the number and volume of mergers and acquisitions in the forest, paper and packaging industry. A total of 34 M&A deals were announced during that time with a total value of 2.8 billion USD and an average deal size of approximately 83 million USD, according to management consulting firm PwC.
More at Pulp and Paper Canada

A new printed 3D carbon mountain bike
3D printing shows great promise in sports. After we told you about the first 3D printed commuter bike, here is a video of a carbon 3D printed mountain bike that the inventor designed, printed and rode himself.
More at Red Bull

MPs to vote on standardized packaging for tobacco products
The UK government allows the MPs to vote on standardized packaging before the general election. If introduced, standardized packaging regulations will prohibit all on-pack branding, except the name and brand variant, printed in a standard font. In place of branding, packs will feature written and graphic health warnings, covering a minimum of 65% of the pack, in line with the new EU Tobacco Products Directive.
More at The Conversation

J&G Environmental plans to sell directly to printers
In what will be a first for the industry, J&G, a business best known for pioneering sustainable waste management in the industry will start direct selling of products to print companies. The concept entails delivering the consumables and then taking them away as part of the recycling program.
More at Print Week

Ink producers expand their role in the supply chain
As packaging becomes increasingly important as a part of the brand image, ink producers are adapting to the new reality. They expand their role and provide services that go beyond their traditional role. As solution providers, they offer special inks and R&D in popular areas.
More at Ink World Magazine