Future Links October 5th

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers bioplastics‘ reuse and the future of packaging; 3D printing in forensics, packaging and the internet of things, how a new labeling machine brought productivity increases, Zechini’s entry into the luxury packaging market and new on the drupa blog: drupa innovation park 2016

Circular businesses and bioplastics essential to the future of packaging
Many businesses are looking for more sustainable packaging solutions for their products. While recycling is one solution, R&D efforts focus on finding alternatives to fossil-fuel based materials and on integrating packaging in the circular economy where reuse is the central tenet.
More at NZ Herald

3D printing may help solve Florida cold cases
Recently, we brought you a story about how 3D printing can be used to help solve crimes. Now, there is another example of the use of 3D printing in forensics. Forensic artists from across the country will create facial reconstructions from nine Florida cold cases, using 3D printing technology to construct the skulls.
More at Washington Times

Packaging and the internet of things
The internet of things, big data and the cloud is changing the way businesses operate, including packaging producers. Especially the food packaging market is evolving to become interactive, aware, and intelligent. In a recent report, Moor Insights & Strategy said that smart packaging is a conversation between people, brands, and objects and that smart packaging enhances consumers’ experience with products.
More at Forbes

Oldest water bottling facility in the U.S. upgrades labeling facilities
Less is more – this adage seems to be true for the Mountain Valley Spring Company in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The company added 16 % to its labeling capacity by replacing two existing bottle labeling machines with a single Sidel rollfed labeller, the Rollquattro Evolution.
More at Labeling Blog

Zechini enters luxury packaging market
Zechini, operating in the bookbinding and paper industry for more than 60 years, is now entering the luxury packaging market. The first product line is the revobox, a foldable and reusable cardboard box that was developed with a special focus on a luxurious feel as well as sustainability and eco-friendliness.
More at What They Think

New at the drupa blog: drupa innovation park 2016
Few areas at drupa 2016 will be so packed with innovations as Hall 7.0 – the home of the drupa innovation park. In six themed areas, around 130 exhibitors will showcase their innovations in workflow processes, automation and the latest print technologies.
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