Future Links CW 42: Asia Special

Looking forward to the All in Print 2016 we present a special edition of our future links this week. They cover news on the 6th All in Print, Shandong’s new manufacturing research centre with a focus on 3D printing, Epson’s 2025 growth plans for Southeast Asia, Huhtamaki’s modernization of its manufacturing unit in Guangzhou and a drupa blog article on a rewritable paper developed in China.

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6th All in Print China 2016
“Discover the Future of Printing”: This is the motto of the 6th All in Print, which is going to take place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 18 to 22 October. It is the first global printing show, which is to be held in Asia Pacific Region after this year’s drupa. Being among the most important trade fairs for the printing industry in China, All in Print belongs to the international network of drupa. As one of its supporters we are going to attend the event ourselves and are looking forward to meeting many exhibitors from drupa 2016. The organizers expect more than 700 companies, covering over 90.000 m2 exhibition space. The 6 halls are divided into the areas “All in Press”, “All in Digital”, “All in Label”, “All in Packaging”, “All in Creativity”, and “All in E-business”.
More at the All in Print website

New Manufacturing Research Centre in China
In 2017 an advanced manufacturing research centre is going to be opened by the Swinburne University of Technology, Shandong University Weihai, Weihai Economic and Technological Development Zone (WZ) and the Australian Education and Management Group (AEMG) in Shandong, China. Its focus will be on 3D printing, automation and mechatronics, biomedical devices and medical manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, and advanced materials.
More at Prime Mover Mag

Epson’s 2025 Plans Focus on Southeast Asia
Epson’s growth plans for 2025 focus on Southeast Asia. In recent years the company has shown consistent revenue growth, especially in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. The company’s strategy will concentrate on its four key areas of innovation: inkjet, visual communications, wearables, and robotics. In order to meet new demands across these segments, Epson aims to create a new connected age of people, things and information with efficient, compact, and precision technologies. In their printing unit the growth is driven by their Micro Piezo and PrecisionCore printhead technology. In FY15 17 percent of growth are accounted for by Southeast Asia.
More at Business Mirror

Huhtamaki Expands its Manufacturing Unit in China
Huhtamaki is going to invest approximately €15 million in its manufacturing unit in Guangzhou, South China. After the expansion, the company is going to produce a defined selection of its packaging product range in this modernized plant. Earlier this year the leading foodservice packaging provider in East Asia already announced to improve the competitiveness of its foodservice business in China because it is an important market for them. The constructions are scheduled to start by the end of 2016, and are likely to be finished by the end of the following year.
More at Ink World Magazine

drupa blog article: Water Instead of Ink – Is this the Future of Printing?
In order to counteract the waste of paper Chinese scientists have recently developed a smart and rewritable paper that can be printed on with water instead of ink. This resource-efficient printing paper is coated with invisible ink that becomes visible when coming into contact with water. Since it disappears after 20 hours the paper can be used again – up to 50 times.
More on our blog