Future Links October 12th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature HP’s plans for drupa 2016, opportunities in 3D printing for the postal service, Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service, printing businesses’ portfolio additions, GM’s and Stratasys 3D printing art program in India, 3D printing’s entry into the furniture market, International Paper’s exit from its Chinese joint venture and new on the drupa blog: Beck’s scratch bottle.

HP will be the biggest exhibitor at drupa 2016
HP will clearly be making waves at drupa 2016: The company is showcasing its full digital and wide format range in a 6200 sqm stand taking up the whole of hall 17, which is 24 % bigger than its 4952 sqm footprint in 2012. With its impressive exhibits, HP will be the largest exhibitor, taking over the top spot from Heidelberg.
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3D printing could spell opportunity for postal service
The U.S. Postal Service is examining ways in which 3D printing could offer new business opportunities. In an update of the July 2014 USPS report ‘If It Prints, It Ships’, the Postal Service’s Research Analysis Risk Center offer suggestions for how USPS might leverage the emerging 3D printing marketplace.
More at GCN

Printers can call Amazon for automatic refills
Running out of ink is one of the most annoying occurrences in anybody’s workday, especially shortly before an important presentation when the handouts can’t be printed. Amazon now offers a solution: Its new Dash Replenishment Service (DRS) can detect low supplies in your office of smart, connected devices — including your printer — and take care of the reorder and shipping.
More at Small Biz Trend

Printing businesses are increasingly striving to become one-stop-shops
As competitive pressure mounts in the printing industry, more and more print businesses are expanding their portfolios to offer a wider a range of services to their clients. Through acquisitions and new technology, many businesses are striving to become a one-stop-shop, which leads to greater consolidation within the industry.
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GM and Stratasys India offer 3D printing art program
General Motors, in partnership with Stratasys India, has launched India’s first 3D Print Art program for GM’s design employees in Bangalore. The three-months exercise will give GM designers the opportunity to compete to create 3D printed structures to better understand how 3D technology can support their work. They will also learn how to develop their own 3D designs to provide better solutions for GM customers.
More at The Times of India

3D printing enters the commercial furniture market
There are many indications that 3D printing is going to change the way we live. After architectural 3D printing has made headlines, it is now the interior of offices, restaurants and hotels that could be transformed by 3D printing technology. The RIO line of chairs offers several different backrest designs, including a 3D printed option that is available with two distinct finishes.
More at 3D Print

International Paper to exit Chinese coated board joint venture
International Paper is selling its 55 % stake in the joint venture with the Shandong Sun Holding Group Co. “International Paper undertook a thorough review of its position in serving the Chinese and Asian markets,” said Mark Sutton, International Paper Chairman and CEO. “The Company remains committed to serving these very important markets, but concluded we could be more effective supplying this region with globally competitive products primarily through our Ilim joint venture in Russia and from the U.S.”
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New on the drupa blog: Beck’s scratch bottle
Good ideas are sometimes surprisingly simple. When the German beer brand Beck’s (owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev) realized that it faced strong competition from small breweries and craft beers, they wanted to make Beck’s beer more appealing to a younger customer group. Together with the agency BBDO Berlin, the marketing team started by observing common behaviors.
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