Future Links February 27th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a special printer for hearing aids, KFC’s edible coffee cups, a partnership agreement between Canon and 3D Systems, postconsumer plastic film recycling reaching new heights in the U.S., Paloma’s planned increase in capital, Photoshop’s 25th birthday and the impact of mega-mergers in the packaging industry.

A special printer for the hearing aid market
Everybody’s ear is shaped differently and the hearing aid market is perfect for customization. That’s why Enviontec has launched the Perfactory 4 DSP 3D printer especially designed for the hearing aid market.
More at Engineering

KFC experiments with edible coffee cup
Coffee to go is a great invention that suits most people’s lifestyles but it has a serious side effect: Large amounts of disposable paper cups end up in the trash. The fast food chain KFC is now experimenting with edible paper cups made of biscuit, sugar paper and heat-resistant white chocolate. It sounds delicious and almost too good to be true. And before you take the first bite: The cup will be introduced in a few select fast food restaurants in Great Britain, so don’t expect it in a KFC near you too soon.
More at FoodBev

Canon partners with 3D Systems in UK
Canon is entering the 3D printing space in Europe. The company formed a distribution partnership with 3D Systems under which Canon will market, sell and support 3D Systems’ manufacturing 3D printers, including the ProJet 1200, 3500 series, 4500, 6000 and 7000, in the UK and Ireland. Expanding the distribution agreement to other European countries is seen as an option.
More at Print Week

Recycling of post-consumer plastic reaches new high in the U.S.
The amount of postconsumer plastic film packaging in the U.S. grew by 116 million pounds or 11 percent to 1.14 billion pounds, according to a report presented today. These numbers are the highest since the start of the reporting period in 2005.
More at Environmental Leader

Tissue manufacturer Paloma is looking to raise 15 million Euros
To expand its facilities and increase capacity, tissue manufacturer Paloma is looking for investors to increase its capital by 15 million Euros. Potential investors have until the middle of March to submit an indicative, non-binding offer. More at EUWID Pulp and Paper

Adobe’s Photoshop turns 25
The software has changed the way people interact with pictures and has had a profound impact on the printing and design industries. Originally named Display, the software was purchased by the still very small software company Adobe and was released in 1990 under its now famous name Photoshop.
More at FESPA

The impact of mega-mergers in the packaging industry
There have been two recent mega-mergers in the packaging industry between MeadWestvaco and RockTenn and between Ball and Rexam forming the multi-billion companies. Ink World Magazine looks at the impact the new companies will have on the industry when their mergers are completed.
More at Ink World Magazine