Future Links March 2nd 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers drupa’s innovation theme park, strong growth in the green packaging market, Coca-Cola’s bottle turning 100, GE’s 3D printing progress in Japan, Paperlinx losses in Europe, Carlsberg’s search for sustainability partners, labels with faster delivery times and a newly developed inexpensive 3D printer.

drupa 2016: drupa innovation park presents 6 themes for the future
The drupa innovation park 2016 (dip) at drupa 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions, will again be the focal point for the industry’s latest inspiring and creative developments. It will feature multichannel publishing and marketing solutions, web-to-media and e-commerce, process optimization and automation, added value in print, innovations in printing technologies and new business models.
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Green packaging market is showing strong growth
The global green packaging market is expected to grow at a rate of 7.8 % from 2014 to 2019, according to research firm TechNavio. Global firms like Cadbury, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and ConAgra are important drivers of this increase in demand.
More at Environmental Leader

Coca-Cola celebrates 100th anniversary of its bottle
Coca-Cola is launching a yearlong campaign to celebrate the 100th birthday of its distinctive bottle. The campaign will be seen in more than 130 countries and will feature art exhibitions, a print campaign, a book and other elements.
More at Packaging Europe

GE makes headway with 3D printing in Japan
Kariwa Plant, a metalworking factory far from Japan’s high-tech corridors, has shown how 3D printing can be an asset to the oil industry. The Japanese company manufactured special control valves for the oil industry, which had to be assembled from many parts. After GE bought the factory, engineers have devised a way to use 3D printing for the valves even though some parts still need to be done by hand.
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European operations are a big contributor to Paperlinx losses
Paperlinx has experienced a serious slump in sales, much of which was attributed to the European operations where half-year sales fell 15 percent to 610.9 million Euros year-over-year, with pre-tax losses almost doubling to 35.3 million Euros. According to Print Week, a sale of the European business becomes more likely.
More at Print Week

Carlsberg seeks more partners in the printing industry
The beverage company Carlsberg recently introduced the green bottle made of cardboard, but that is only one part of their efforts to become a more sustainable, environmentally friendly company. Carlsberg aims to develop and market new products that support a circular, zero-waste economy using its Cradle-to-Cradle business platform. There are now eight partners in the group and Carlsberg wants to have fifteen by 2016.
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Faster delivery times with labels on-time
WorldLabel, a supplier of blank labels for laser and inkjet printers, has opened a new division, Labels Ontime, which offers roll and fan-folded labels for direct thermal and thermal transfer printers in popular sizes, materials and colors. The labels are delivered on short notice with a deliver schedule of 1-2 days in the U.S.
More at Labels & Labeling

Engineer creates inexpensive metal 3D printer
So far, installing metal 3D printers have meant a huge investment that only industrial juggernauts such as GE and Siemens could afford. Now, engineers have found a way to make a metal 3D printer based on electroplating technology for as little as 2 USD. So far, the printer only exists as a prototype but the inventor is planning a fundraising campaign to get the printer into production.
More at 3ders