Future Links July 10th 2014

This is our daily news roundup from the printing industry. Today with the European Chemicals Agency, an alternative to plastics packaging, mobile printing via QR code, a new portable spectrophotometer for the control of ink quality, a renewable packaging campaign, the printing of silver onto fibres, a kraft paper manufacturing plant closing, a way for printers to save customer’s money, a new range of inks, the paper Recycling Conference and a new label technology.

European Chemicals Agency undermining printers?
Some chemicals that are present in the engineering parts of a machine could be banned or the use highly restricted because they are considered Substances of Very High Concern. This article examines how the regulation might harm European printers in their competition.
More at FESPA

Alternative to plastics packaging
In a partnership, the Swedish paper and technical fibres manufacturer Södra and UK based James Cropper have developed a paper to replace plastics packaging for premium international markets . They claim the product to be the only one available where the primary content is pulp fibre and draws on 100 % renewable resources, while remaining completely biodegradable.
More at Packaging Today

Mobile printing via QR code
The “Cloud Printer”, a new mobile app developped by Cortado, aims to speed up the printing process. It enables people to point their device’s camera at a printer to scan a QR code and print any document stored on their device.
More at VentureBeat

New ink formulation and quality control
Datacolor has launched the Datacolor 45IR, a portable spectrophotometer for the control of quality and ink formulation in the security printing industry. The product helps to prevent counterfeiting of banknotes and confidential government or company documents.
More at GSN Magazine

Renewable packaging campaign
Tetra Pak’s new campaign “Moving to the front” wants to raise awareness of the importance of renewable materials sourcing. As a part, they have published a white paper supported by the World Wildlife Fund explaining how the use of renewable resources creates value that can help businesses grow.
More at Environmental Leader

Printing silver
Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory have developed a process to print silver directly onto fibres. These flexible silver coated fibres can be easily printed onto many different types of fabric making integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical.
More at Printed Electronics Worlds

Kraft paper manufacturing plant closing
Canadian recycled paper and packaging company Cascades is shutting down its kraft paper manufacturing activities in Québec and therefore withdrawing from the kraft paper sector definitively. As a reason, the company names unfavorable market conditions and the failure of discussions concerning the plant’s transfer and turnaround.
More at Packaging Gateway

Save customer’s money
In this blog post, Jennifer Matt claims that there has to be a shift in the printing industry’s way of thinking. In her view, printers have to consider how to save a company money without decreasing the prices of their own printed products and services.
More at WhatTheyThink

New range of inks
Kiian Specialty Inks has introduces a new range of PVC-free plastisol inks for textile printing. They claim the inks to combine the productivity of plastisols with the environmental qualities of water-based inks
More at PrintWeek

Paper Recycling Conference
Super early bird pricing for the Paper Recycling Conference Europe ends tomorrow. The event takes place in Milan, Italy from 29th to 30th October 2014 and will address trends and challenges for the paper and plastic recycling industry, including changing quality and mill capacities, investment and export dynamics.
Register

New label technology
The traditional production method for labeling is to buy the labelstock material from a supplier and then print the label on pressure sensitive material. In this interview, François Bayzelon explains the different technology of ETI Converting and his view on the benefits for the industry.
More at Narrow WebTech