Future Links December 11th 2014

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Landa’s progress in its nano-tech printing process, 3D printed contact lenses with QLEDs, Heidelberg’s CO2 calculator, an outlook for the 3D printing materials market, Huntsman’s restructuring plans, Xeikon’s Packaging Innovation days, Sun Chemical’s interactive touch labels and Tetra Pak’s environmental benchmarking service.

Landa moves closer to starting nano-tech printing process
The company with headquarters in Israel said that it is close to perfecting its nanography printing process. A video showing the first S10 B1 format beta press printing has been released. Landa Digital Printing said in a Print Week article that the investment involved in bringing the technology to market will have reached more than 250 million by Drupa 2016.
More at Print Week

3D printed contact lens with QLEDs shows potential
The same team of researchers that 3D printed an ear with an embedded antenna cochlear implant has now tackled the next challenge: A contact lens with QLEDs that is able to project beams of light. The Princeton researchers used quantum dots as ink. The contact lens is not wearable yet. It is made of hard plastic and the QLEDs require an external power supply.
More at CNET

Heidelberg launches CO2 calculator
The carbon footprint of a printing project is usually difficult to assess. Heidelberg wants to change that. The company launched an online CO2 calculator that is customizable and, according to the company, easy to use. The online tool can be used to calculate the carbon footprint and to acquire the appropriate amount of carbon offsets.
More at Printing Impressions

Strong growth predicted for the 3D printing materials market
Many forecasters have looked at the future potential of 3D printers. Now, Research and Markets has published a report that examines the future prospects for photopolymers, thermoplastic filaments, powders and wire among other materials. The report titled „3D Printing Materials 2015-2025: Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts“ is based on interviews with 50 key players in the industry and disclosed financial information.
More at What They Think

Huntsman plans restructuring
As part of its initiative to improve the global competitiveness of its pigments and additives business, Huntsman Corporation announced its restructuring program. 900 positions will be eliminated and annual cost savings are expected to reach approximately 130 million USD.
More at Ink World Magazine

Xeikon’s next Café Packaging Innovations event takes shape
Xeikon aims at supporting label and packaging printers as well as converters and print buyers to enhance their digital production and increase the profitability of their businesses. The Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2015 will take place March 10-12 in the digital press specialist’s site in Lier, Belgium.
More at Labels and Labeling

Sun Chemical’s touch code enables interactive consumer experience
Printed electronics are becoming part of a unique and tailored user experience. Sun Chemical teamed up with T-Ink to create a touch code label with conductive ink that can activate web services and data collection when in contact with a smart phone.
More at Packaging Digest

Tetra Pak offers new environmental benchmarking service
In an effort to help food and beverage companies assess and improve their environmental performance, Tetra Pak has launched an environmental benchmarking service. The service provides an audit of the entire plant, including both the processing and packaging lines, assessing performance in areas such as water efficiency, waste water treatment, energy efficiency, product yield and waste, and carbon footprint. Pilot studies in Europe and the U.S. have shown promising results with cost savings and reduced environmental impact.
More at Packaging Europe