Future Links March 8th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers ways to achieve cost savings with a sustainable printing strategy, a CEO who created eco-friendly packaging, a Kickstarter campaign for publishing printed comic books, Under Armour’s 3D printed shoes, digital print hitting the spotlight at drupa, Coveris’ acquisition of Supraplast and DataLase’s digital laser technology.

Combining cost savings with a sustainable printing strategy
Businesses spent one two three percent of their annual revenue on printing. While printed documents are vital for some business processes, printing out pages is often a matter of convenience and printing has been identified as one of the main sources of waste in companies. An article on Business2Community shares tips on how to combine cost savings with creating more sustainable printing practices.
More at Business2Community

Eco-conscious CEO creates alternative packaging
Paul Tasner spent almost his entire career making plastic packaging for companies like Clorox and Method Products. But when he saw his wife struggle to open a plastic package, he questioned the wisdom of packing all kinds of products in plastic cases. He was not only concerned about the inconvenience of hard-to-open clamshells but also the environmental impact of plastics. With a former architect, Tasner founded PulpWorks, a company that seeks to replace the plastic used to package consumer products, like cosmetics and electronics, with eco-friendly packaging made from recycled paper and agricultural waste.
More at SF Gate

Digital comics platform seeks Kickstarter funding for print edition
Comicker digital is a platform that offers a wide variety of comics in a subscription model. Now, Comicker plans to publish a print edition of popular comics. Under the name Comicker Press, the founders of the platform are now seeking money on Kickstarter.
More at Comics Alliance

Under Armour joins the line up for 3D printed shoes
In recent months, almost all major athletic gear and clothing manufacturers have announced that they are developing 3D printed shoes. Now, Under Armour has joined their ranks. The company launches its own limited production 3D printed shoe line. The shoes will be available for purchase on March 18 and are expected to sell out fast.
More at 3D Printing Industry 

Digital printing will hit the spotlight at drupa
Excitement is mounting as the start date for drupa 2016 is approaching. A number of exhibitors have already announced which new products they will showcase at drupa. In the next few months, leading companies will be announcing their latest technologies. Interestingly, Heidelberg has already discussed some of its new offerings, with an emphasis on digital printing.
More at Ink World

Coveris acquires Supraplast
To strengthen its presence in the South American market, Coveris has acquired Supraplast, a shrink sleeve and adhesive label technologies company based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Supraplast has a broad product offering that includes shrink sleeves, self-adhesive labels, safety seals, PVC and PET shrink films. The company serves many end-use markets such as food and beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care and agriculture.
More at Labels & Labeling

DataLase promotes inkless digital laser technology
DataLase is targeting big brands with its innovate laser marking technology that allows ‘inkless’ digital printing for personalization at very high speeds. The company seeks to expand its patented technology into more sophisticated high-speed digital printing applications such as packaging and labels with its Variprint inline digital printing system.
More at Print Week