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The Challenges Facing the Packaging Industry

Packaging production is an important part of the print industry. It might not appear to be as sensational as 3D or functional printing, but packaging can be quite an interesting topic as well. So, let’s take a closer look at the challenges facing this cornerstone of our industry and what they mean for printers and converters.

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Sustainability and the printing industry

Economic concerns, technological threat and uncertain futures have contributed to a crisis of confidence in print. Throw in rapidly changing market expectations and media choices, and you have an industry that’s been on the back foot for several years. But a reversal is underway. Print is reinventing itself to be more vibrant than ever, an energetic force in a multichannel communications world.

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Future Links February 26th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Stratasys’ presentation at a large healthcare conference, Changing Technologies’ wish to partner with Lego, TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Box, Fraunhofer’s new process for metal 3D screen printing, Heidelberg’s postpress range for drupa 2016, Xaar’s printheads for UV printing and paper-based sensors for environmental monitoring.

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Interactive newsprint points to the future

A team of researchers at the Media Innovation Studio at University of Central Lancashire looked closely at newspaper pages. They saw much more than just ink and paper: They envisioned the printed page to become an interactive surface connected to the internet of things (IoT) that would respond to touch and offer audio playback and other unexpected features.

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Future Links August 25th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature coffee-based filament, 3D printed wind turbines, a forecast predicting a booming 3D printing market, UPM Raflatac’s environmental commitment, a debate about price versus value in print buying and PG Paper’s acquisition of the Trucard and Gemini brands.

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