Recycled containerboard off to a good start
The German market for recycled corrugated case material had a strong start to 2015, according to Euwid. Industry sources report nearly non-stop production at German containerboard mills over the holidays causing speculation that there might be a new price round at the end of the month.
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Japan invests into bioprinting
Many different governments have recognized the huge potential of 3D printing and started funding the industry, e.g. the UK investing in printed aerospace parts. Now, Japan announced to invest $21 million in developing transplantable human organ printing over the next five years.
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LiDestri Food & Beverage has proclaimed it wants to change the face of the beverage aisle. The company sees the future of packaging in aseptic cartons instead of the typical round bottle. For example, the product doesn’t need to be refrigerated, a convenience for on-the-go consumers and a cost savings for shippers.
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Turbomeca to print helicopter engine parts
Another company has proven that 3D printing has made it into mainstream industrial manufacturing. Manufacturer of helicopter parts Turbomeca opens a new 3D printing facility, where it will be producing fuel-injector nozzles for its Arrano helicopter engines.
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New packaging ink for polyethylene
We recently published an article on the challenge of food packaging: It has to look appetizing; it needs to convey certain information about the content, the freshness, the caloric content and the origin of the food and is often used to protect the contents from environmental influences. Now, Coding specialist Linx Printing Technologies has introduced a new ink to its range that promises excellent adhesion to PE as well as PP applications and is suitable for non-contact food packaging.
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Mineral paper from used PET
A group of young Mexicans developed a process to converts used PET bottles into mineral paper that is biodegradable and meets quality standards to print books, boxes and general stationery. They claim making one ton of paper saves up to 20 trees and 56,000 liters of water and is also 15 % cheaper because it requires no chemicals like chlorine.
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Emerging market demand for flexible packaging
PCI Films Consulting has analyzed fifteen emerging flexible packaging markets and found out they currently account for over 20 % of global demand. Collectively they had grown twice as fast as the world average in the last five years.
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