Future Links January 5th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Extraprint’s outlook for major trends, a portable 3D printer for greater mobility, customers’ preference for sustainability labels, IBM’s research into printable electronics on a nanoscale, the rising demand for food packaging technology in Iran, Xaar’s new CEO and seven packaging trends for 2015.

Extraprint’s UK managing director sees need for greater collaboration
In a series of interviews, Print Week asks a number of print executives and industry leaders about the main trends for 2015. Extraprint’s UK managing director Simon Cooper believes that competition will continue on many fronts in the new year, which makes greater collaboration between industry players a necessity.
More at Print Week

Portable 3D printer in trolley bag seeks financing
Mobility has become the norm in almost all business dealings and 3D printing strives not to remain the exception. Italian inventor Guiseppe Izzo has launched an Indigogo campaign for a 3D printer trolley bad, also known as the Pbag, that allows users to print from anywhere, putting your printer on par with today’s smartphone that offers so much flexibility and access to resources.
More at 3D Print

Sustainability certification influences consumer choices
The print industry has been criticized in the past over its use of paper from forests that were not certified as sustainable. A recent survey by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) showed, however, that customers prefer products that are certified and have the respective label to vouch for sustainable origins and practices.
More at FESPA

IBM research lab develops 3D printed plastic electronics
The IBM research lab in Zurich, Switzerland, has developed a process to reconfigure an atomic force microscope so that it is capable of creating 3D patterns with a nanometer-scale resolution in organic material. Among other uses for the material is as a mask for creating circuits. Meanwhile, IBM has licensed the process and the necessary devices to SwissLitho AG, a start-up that wants to refine the technology.
More at 3Ders

Rising demand for food packaging technology in Iran
The Iranian food technology market is perceived to be the most important by international investors interested in the Middle East and there has been a constant increase in demand for packaging technology. That is why IPACK-IMA has chosen to have its own stand at Iran Pack & Print Machinery, one of the most important trade exhibitions in the entire Middle Eastern region for the printing and packaging industry.
More at Packaging Europe

Printhead maker Xaar announces new CEO
Inkjet printhead manufacturer Xaar has announced that Dr. Doug Edwards will replace Ian Dinwoodie as its chief executive officer immediately. Ian Dinwoodie had announced his planned retirement earlier last year. Edwards served as president of digital printing and enterprise at Kodak.
More at Print Monthly

Seven packaging trends for 2015
Australia’s marketing magazine has listed seven trends that will shape the packaging industry in 2015. They include demand for simplicity and solo packages, blue as a new color in food packaging and intelligent packaging that indicates freshness and conveys additional information.
More at Marketing Magazine