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How Ink Manufacturers And Their Suppliers Are Working Together to Achieve Sustainability Goals

In the face of the impending consequences of climate change, many industries are facing the challenges of adapting production and their use of raw materials to the corresponding conditions. This dynamic is also being experienced by the printing industry. Raw material manufacturers in particular report that their ink customers are becoming increasingly familiar with sustainable approaches such as cradle-to-cradle product development. Companies' efforts to operate sustainably also stem from a key customer need for sustainability.

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Sustainable Print Production with New Inks

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and PURe inks Europe GmbH (PURe) have signed a Europe-wide collaboration agreement with the goal to make offset printing more sustainable. Meanwhile Ricoh in cooperation with equipment manufacturer Olbrich has developed its own plant-based ink to nurture sustainability in commercial and packaging printing.

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How 3D Printing Could Help Prevent And Fight Drinking Water Shortages

If there's one thing Western societies take for granted, it's access to a safe supply of drinking water and having decent wastewater. However, currently 2.2 billion have no access to exactly that. And the forecasts are bad: it is possible that by 2032 more than half of the world's population will suffer from a lack of drinking water. Creative and innovative solutions need to be created to address the problem. How can 3D printing help?

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How Inkjet Technology And a Single Transparent Ink Created a Rainbow of Textured Colors

In China, a new printing process using structural inks was recently invented and implemented with a commercially available inkjet printer. With the help of a transparent polymer ink, dome-shaped microstructures were printed. During the process, the height and diameter of the microdome control the wavelength of the reflected light as well as the color created. According to a team of researchers, the new technology will be used for applications such as smart windows or anti-counterfeiting.

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Smart Textiles with Graphene Ink

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Versarien, a company known for developing advanced materials and enabling engineering exploitation, is focussing on bringing the many advantages of graphene to sportswear through collaborative partnerships with brands and manufacturing companies.

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