Future Links August 3rd 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature an anticipated increase in managed print services, Apple adding 3D printer support for CUPS, an assessment of the South African printing industry, a case study on how installing a printer meant costs savings for a brewery, strong predicted growth for the metal 3D printer market, increasing demand for metallic pigments and Ricoh’s e-waste partnership agreement in New Zealand.

Half of large companies plan to increase managed print services
Managed print services (MPS) continue to grow. According to a Quocirca publication, almost 50 % of large companies with more than 1.000 employees are now using some form of MPS, with stronger prevalence in very large enterprises. Overall, a further 20 % are planning to use MPS within the next year, reflecting the growing maturity of the market.
More at Computer Weekly

Apple’s open source printing system adds 3D printer support
Apple has been relatively quiet regarding 3D printing. That is about to change: Not only has Apple been issued a patent for a stylus which can 3D scan objects, creating models which could then be 3D printed, but the company announced an upgrade to its Common Unix Printing System (CUPS). The printing system incorporates basic 3D printer support.
More at 3D Print

South African printing industry is still strong
A lot has been said about the demise of the traditional printing industry but in South Africa, printing is still a strong pillar of the economy. The printing and packaging industries employ more than 45,000 people in 1,228 printing and 268 packaging enterprises.
More at Business Day Live

Case study: How a brewery saved big on corrugated paper
The Minhas brewery in Monroe, Wisconsin, invested in a FoxJet High-Resolution Inkjet Printer from I.D. Technology for one-color printing on corrugated cases of beer. The printer saves Minhas about 750.000 USD annually in corrugated material costs because now the firm can buy more or less generic, unprinted cases and print them on line. It also frees up a lot of warehouse space.
More at Packaging World

IDTechEx predicts strong growth for metal 3D printer market
According to a recent report by market researchers IDTechEx, metal 3D printer sales will grow at 48 % and material sales will increase at 32 % between 2015 and 2025. The fastest-growing segment of 3D printing to reach 3.9 billionUSD by 2025.
More at IDTechEX

Demand remains strong for metallic pigments
The momentum in the metallic pigment market continues. Transparency Market Research (TMR), said in a recent report that the current market was valued at 736.2 million USD in 2014. It is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 6.4 % through 2023.
More at Ink World Magazine

Ricoh signs recycling partnership agreement
Ink and toner recycling specialist Croxley Recycling has signed an agreement with Ricoh New Zealand to collect and recycle all Ricoh e-waste in New Zealand. E-waste includes discarded computers, office electronic equipment, mobile phones and other electronic devices.
More at i-grafix