Future Links October 21st 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers the finalists of the James Dyson innovation awards, Patagonia’s recycled paper catalogue, an extreme sports challenge for Stratasys, an U.S. government call for bids on card stock, a positive outlook for the rigid plastic packaging market and new business opportunities for digital textile printing.

Packaging ideas among the finalists for the James Dyson innovation awards
Three packaging ideas have made the list of finalists for the prestigious James Dyson innovation awards. Among the ideas are a bioactive label that indicates food freshness, a cardboard bike bag and a self-filling water bottle.
More at The Dieline

Patagonia prints catalogue on 100% post-consumer paper
Many paper products that feature the label “recycled” actually only contain a small percentage of post-consumer fibers. The outdoor clothing supplier Patagonia was not content with the status quo and looked for a company that would print their glossy catalogue on 100% post-consumer recycled fiber. The Milwaukee-area company, Arandell Corp., fit the bill.
More at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Stratasys takes on extreme sports challenge
Stratasys has teamed up with the University of Wales TSD Swansea to develop 3D printed parts that can function in wind and waves under extreme conditions. As part of the extreme sports engineering design course, Stratasys and the University of Wales will design fins, carbon fiber wrapping and other parts for kitesurfing equipment.
More at 3D Print

U.S. government asks for bids for card stock for work permit cards
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a notice on the FedBizOpps.Gov (Federal Business Opportunities) website recently announcing the imminent solicitation for card stock that will be used to print Permanent Resident Cards and Employment Authorization Documentation cards.
More at New American

Positive outlook for the rigid plastic packaging market
The global rigid plastic packaging market is set to flourish in the next 10 years. Market analysts predict new opportunities and rising demand in this field from 2014 to 2024. The report looks at different market segments and geographic markets and forecasts changes in technology as well as in supply and demand.
More at PR Newswire

Digital textile printing provides new business opportunities
According to a 2013 Infotrends study, digital textile equipment and ink sales are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39 percent. New opportunities present themselves in the luxury fashion market and the interior design market, as an in-depth article from FESPA shows.
More at FESPA