Future Links January 28th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature an artificial trachea printed on standard MakerBot equipment, the next step for the environmental management ISO standard, KBA’s success in North America, Alpha Label’s new investment, Ink World’s U.S. directory 2015, DG’s search for investors, P&G’s biofilm and Amcor’s new printing technology.

Scientists print artificial trachea on MakerBot printer
Medical 3D printing is making huge progress. Scientists from the New York-based Feinstein Institute managed to print cartilage through a MakerBot 3D printer. A trachea, or windpipe, that was injured in an accident or due to cancer may be replaced by an artificial trachea out of a commercially available 3D printer.
More at Entrepreneur

ISO 14001 proceeds to the next stage
The ISO 14001 norm on environmental management systems has progressed to Final Draft International Standard, the next stage in the ISO standard revision process. The ISO 14000 family addresses various aspects of environmental management. It provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and constantly improve their environmental performance.
More at FESPA

Alpha Labels adds services with new HP Indigo
Sydney labeller Alpha Labels has broadened its customer base and slashed turnaround times by installing an HP Indigo as its first digital label printer. The company says the HP Indigo provides greater flexibility and the ability to produce flexible packaging, sleeves, and folding cartons.
More at i-Grafix

Ink World published U.S. Ink Directory 2015
It’s the Who-is-who of the U.S. ink industry. From 3M to Zeres, Ink World’s annual U.S. Ink Directory provides comprehensive information on more than 190 U.S. ink makers, including major producers and key contacts.
More at Ink World Magazine

DG press is looking for investors
DG’s Thallo web offset press is set to launch at drupa 2016 even though two orders have already been received and are prepared to be shipped later this year. To prepare for the expected demand, DG has outlines an investment plan for 1.1 million USD.
More at Labels & Labeling

P&G presents foamed biofilm
Procter & Gamble has been working on a packaging material that is better for the environment than the usual materials. The company has filed a patent on a more sustainable way to save film and package costs other than to reduce film caliper. The key is to use a foamed film made in part or whole with renewable, recyclable and/or biodegradable materials.
More at Packaging Digest

Amcor introduces new printing technology
Amcor’s folding carton business has launched a new gravure printing technique called Sunshine. The patent-pending technology consists of an in-line application of a bright silver coating over an ultraviolet (UV) or electron-beam (EB) primer. The process delivers a highly reflective metallic effect and improves packaging line performance.
More at Packaging Europe