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With our future links we give you an overview of current developments in the printing industry. This week we look at the merger of API and APM, Premier Paper Groups tree planting action, Pulse and Epples ink partnership, the certification of Mark Andy’s ink, and Case Paper’s installation of a new sheeter.

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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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Azure, cobalt, indigo or ultramarine blue: We know already hundreds of blue colors. Scientists from Oregon State University have created a new shade of blue – by accident. The blue pigment made from yttrium, indium, and manganese is called “YInMn”, which is short for the elements it comprises.

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Our digitalized world gives us the opportunity to save money and resources by organizing tasks on a computer. But according to a study carried out by the German Ministry of Environment Germans use about 250 kg paper per year and capita. A Chinese team of scientists has now developed a smart and resource-efficient alternative: Rewritable paper that can be printed on with water instead of ink.

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Not only are braille printers so expensive that most people can’t afford them, the heavy paper that is required often results in bulky documents and books, which is also less than ideal. Creative director at J. Walter Thomson in Bangkok Satit Jantawiwat wanted to find a way to solve these problems. He and his team started working on a Braille embosser for the home that wouldn’t cost a fortune.

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Conventional electronic components have some disadvantages: They add weight and have the tendency to break. While this is not a huge problem on earth, the need to bring replacement parts can add significant costs to a space mission. Dr. Lynn Rothschild from NASA is now working on a solution that uses microbes as bioink and a printer to recycle spent electronics.

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Many news stories about printed electronics have focused on breakthroughs in research labs. But the field is advancing from lab to fab, from research to manufacturing. DuPont Advanced Materials is launching a new electronic ink for inkjet printing under the name PE410 that offers the high conductivity and strong adhesion required for rapid digital design, prototyping and full-scale manufacturing.

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Forged products are a cause for concern across all sectors. They are especially nefarious in the pharmaceutical industry where counterfeit products, due to sub-standard quality, may pose severe health risk to consumers. No wonder that the search for solutions is intensifying. Two groups of researchers from China and Spain now made important contributions to the arsenal of anti-counterfeit measures with new inks.