Future Links June 19th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature reasons why 2017 will be a breakthrough year for 3D printing, HP’s added MPS security features, venture capital support for 3D printed insoles, Logson’s newest acquisition, a positive business climate for printed plastic cards in the UK, the hidden dangers of QR codes and Smurfit Kappa’s packaging evolution.

Why 2017 will be a breakthrough year for 3D printing
There are many signs that 3D printing has left its niche existence. Brian Krassenstein, an author at 3D Print argues after interviews with industry experts that the year 2017 will be the year in which 3D printing will really move into the mainstream.
More at 3D Print

HP adds security features to managed print services
HP’s Jet Advantage Security Manager has been supporting companies in keeping their managed print services safe. Now, HP has added additional features such as serverless pull printing capabilities in HP Access control. The added feature can be deployed to maintain document confidentiality, improve regulatory compliance and save on toner and paper. HP Access Control can also serve as a managed mobility solution, allowing mobile device users to print via e-mail to the secure pull-print queue.
More at Channelnomics

3D printed insoles get venture capital support
The venture capital arm of Germany’s Evonik Industries AG has invested in Wiivv Wearables. The company will begin producing 3D printed biomechanically optimized insoles, which offer specific customization depending on individual requirements. Other investors are Formation 8 and Real Ventures. The amounts of the investments were not disclosed.
More at 3D Print

Logson Group completes acquisition of Jardin Corrugates Cases
The Logson Group announced the acquisition of Jardin Corrugated Cases (JCC), an independent integrated facility based in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Together, the two companies offer a full range of corrugated packaging solutions from 17 locations across the UK.
More at EUWID Pulp and Paper

Printed plastic cards on the upswing the UK
The UK plastic card sector is benefiting from a revitalized economy, evidenced by the fact that some of its major players are investing heavily in new infrastructure and expanding their product ranges. Company Cards and Exaprint UK are among the printers that are looking to expand their businesses through new offerings and investments.
More at Print Monthly

Smurfit Kappa’s packaging evolution
With net sales of 8.1 billion Euros in its packaging division in 2014 and 43,000 employees across 33 countries, Smurfit Kappa is active across the whole paper-based packaging spectrum. Packaging Europe author Tim Sykes talks to Roberto Villaquiran, the CEO Corrugated Division Europe, about Smurfit Kappa’s evolution from paper-based packaging material manufacturer to packaging expertise supplier.
More at Packaging Europe