Future Links November 28th 2014
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers a scientific breakthrough in graphene printing, a case study about a label printer’s success, Denmark’s planned print tax, the first winner of Kodak’s new environmental award, Arjowiggins new interactive paper and Martin Müller’s decision to discontinue its press manufacturing.
Korean scientists manage to print pure graphene
It is of the most conductive materials known to man, with strength-to-weight ratios unheard of until recently – the possibilities for applications in industrial manufacturing processes seem limitless. So far, graphene could only be used in 3D printing as a composite but Korean researchers recently published a paper that describes printing 100 percent pure graphene.
More at 3D Print
Case study: Labels in Motion uses Xeikon for growing label business
The market for dietary supplement is expanding and one company, Labels in Motion, has made a name for itself as one of the trusted suppliers of labels in this market. The company uses the Xeikon 3500 digital web press. In a case study, What They Think describes how Labels in Motion successfully uses Xeikon’s presses.
More at What They Think?
Denmark to impose heavy tax on print
In January 2015, the Danish parliament will vote on a proposal to impose a special tax on printed products with the underlying reasoning that printed products are bad for the environment. The proposal puts an initial 50 cents tax on each kilo of print, this tax can be reduced by 50 percent if the print products come with the EU Eco label.
More at i-grafix
Chinese printer wins Kodak award
Kodak has named China-based Beijing Shengtong Printing winner of the inaugural Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award for the Asia-Pacific region. Established last year, the award recognizes companies committed to minimizing the impact of commercial printing on the environment.
More at i-grafix
Arjowiggins introduces interactive paper
Arjowiggins has created a new interactive paper by combining Arjowiggins’ own paper products with the PowerCoat paper for printed electronics. The technology called ‘Alive’ can be used to reveal instructions or ingredients in an unlimited range of languages, take customers to websites, personalise a product or facilitate instant sharing via social media.
More at Print Monthly
Müller Martini discontinues press manufacturing
The Swiss company Müller Martini had produced a range of web offset presses and was considering making size-variable web offset printers for labels and flexible packaging to feed this growing market, but sales have not been enough to continue the investment. This led to the decision to abandoning this part of its business.
More at ProPrint