Future Links September 10th 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Hewlett-Packard’s new printing brand, EnvisionTec’s partnerships in the U.S., Ikea’s parody of digital books, a new technique to print Braille on packaging, Xeikon’s fast digital color press and Mimaki’s Formula One partnership.

Analyst weighs in on Hewlett-Packard
HP has recently expanded its printing business under the brand JetAdvantage. Mobility and document security are emphasized in the new solutions for larger or specialized business such as law firms. These new products are in line with customer demand and could increase market share for HP, according to analysts. More at NASDAQ

EnvisionTEC teams up with Elliot Data Systems and Becoming3D
The German manufacturer of 3D printers, EnvisionTEC, has announced a partnership with Missouri-based Elliot Data Systems and the start-up Becoming 3D. The partnership will expand EnvisonTEC’s distribution network in the U.S. and make their product accessible to enterprise customers. More at 3D Print

Ikea’s bookbook spoof pokes fun at Apple
Ikea adds a new twist to the print-vs-digital saga: In a video to promote its new catalogue, the furniture manufacturer lampoons Apple’s product advertising. The video was released shortly before Apple’s product launch event.

New Braille printing for pharmaceuticals
Nolato Medical Pharma Packaging has developed a new technique to print Braille directly onto plastic containers. The company will be showing its new development at CPhI, Innopack in Paris. The process allows a lay down of UV cured ink with a thickness of up to 0.5mm directly onto the surface of a plastic container. More at Packaging Europe

Xeikon announces speedy digital color press
Xeikon just introduced its new digital color press to the market. According to the company, the press is 60 percent faster than any other model in its current press portfolio. It is dedicated solely to self-adhesive/pressure sensitive label production and can output high quality labels at 98 ft/min (30 m/min). More at Labelling Blog

Mimaki joins Formula One team Caterham
Mimaki, a leading global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign, graphics, textile, apparel and industrial markets will support Formula One team Caterham in all of its visual communications and vehicle graphics. More at Output Magazine