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Digitalization has an impact on many areas of our society. Even the newspaper market is affected, but not only in a negative, but also in a positive way. New digital printing presses and processes offer publishers a more efficient and flexible workflow. This development has been getting the publishers of the Pacific Daily News to rethink their production processes. In the past, this newspaper was produced with an old offset printing press built in 1968, but this has changed recently.

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Every year the print and packaging industry are challenged to reinvent themselves by developing better technologies or more innovative ideas. 2016 was an exciting year for every player in the industry with drupa taking place to show off some new designs and creations. We gathered for you some of the trends and packaging ideas of this year.

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With the rise of e-commerce and a huge increase in the number of shippings sustainability is a serious factor. Millions of parcels are delivered to people around the world packed in paper, plastic boxes or envelopes. The UK based company Emailers Packaging came up with a new possibility for sustainable shipping: the paper padded envelope.

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The blood alcohol level is the most precise indicator of a person’s intoxication. For a long time it has been necessary to take blood samples for this purpose, but now screen printing offers a more practicable solution.

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Today it is important to think, act and print in a sustainable way. Therefore every manufacturer, company and consumer should find ways to save resources and protect the environment even during a print process. In fact, there are various approaches to increase the efficiency of print jobs. As usual it’s the little things that also count, e.g. the ink. Very few know that, when it comes to text documents, it also depends on the font you choose for your text.

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The development of new technologies and inks in printing is key to getting better results in efficiency and sustainability. Just recently Canon has announced the launch of a new kind of ink and its new print head technology for roll-to-roll printers. The use of both is said to reduce printing costs by up to 40 per percent.

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In October drupa had the honor to support The Inkjet Conference 2016 organized by the European Screen Printing Association. drupa is more than happy to see the success of the the event: 400 international attendees came to Swissôtel Düsseldorf for TheIJC. The participants took the opportunity for professional exchange at 66 tabletops in the TheIJC’s networking area and listened to 52 keynotes.

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For the New Yorker’s yearly Innovators Issue Christoph Niemann created an augmented reality cover. Looking at his illustration on a mobile device the readers enter a three-dimensional animation of New York’s cityscrape.

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Books, calendars, newspapers and tickets are an essential part of our everyday life. Therefore it is hard to believe that back in the Middle Ages only rich people could afford books. Thanks to Johannes Gutenberg‘s ground-breaking invention of letterpress printing the way for intellectual, political and religious changes was paved. Today, his invention is considered as trigger for one of the greatest revolutions in human history.

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Flexible electronics are the future. Especially for the use in small devices, the materials have to be highly pliable and robust. Scientists from the Leibniz-Institut für neue Materialien (INM) in Saarbrücken, Germany developed a process, which lets you “write” electronic caps directly with a pen. A combination of the advantages of organic and inorganic electronic materials form a new hybrid ink.

Future Links CW 3: Multichannel Edition

When it comes to multichannel news, we could not get around featuring rumours about augmented reality glasses by Apple, Philips’ augmented-reality technology for the image-guided minimally-invasive surgery market , the Royal Shakespeare Company’s innovative approach to storytelling with virtual reality, Crown’s new microsite for designing metal packaging and the new omnichannel programmatic advertisting integration platform by Sharethrough and Adelphic.