Future Links December 5th 2014

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Kodak’s new business structure, Brødrene Hartmann’s acquisition in South America, PepsiCo’s packaging philosophy, new polymers for medical 3D printing, a new method to turn dull railings into colorful billboards, conductive silver nanowire that can be used as ink and a new process to remove labels and ink from plastic for recycling.

Kodak reorganizes its business units
To make the company more competitive and entrepreneurial, Kodak has established a new organizational structure. The company will have five business divisions, each focusing on a distinct market: Print Systems; Enterprise Inkjet Systems; Micro 3D Printing and Packaging; Software and Solutions; and Consumer and Film.
More at What They Think

Danish packager Brødrene Hartmann buys Sanovo Greenpack
Brødrene Hartmann is one of the three largest producers of molded-fiber egg packaging and one of the world’s largest producers of machinery for producing molded-fiber packaging. It’s acquisition of Sanovo Greenpack for about 40 million Euros will give Hartmann a stronger foothold in the South American market.
More at EUWID Pulp and Paper

PepsiCo aims at adding connectivity to its packaging
In an in-depth article based on interviews with PepsiCo’s Packaging Research Director and the Vice President of Global Beverage Packaging, Packaging World shows how intensive R&D has led to new approaches to packaging. The company wants to add an additional component to its packaging: connectivity. Interactive connected package could provide a differentiated and personalized experience.
More at Packaging World

New polymers help in printing implants
3D printing is changing the world of healthcare and new materials allow implants to be printed more precisely than what was previously possible. A new nylon filament that is both biocompatible and inert has attracted the interest of medical scientists who hope to be able to print cartilage and other tissues.
More at 3D Print

Cestrian turns railing into billboard
Railings are usually functional but dull-looking. Wide-format printer Cestrian wants to change this with its latest outdoor advertising product, Railingwraps. The firm used pre-press automation software to calculate the spacing between the railings. Cestrian’s in-house team developed a system to manipulate each image to appear in a single, unbroken scene when viewed from the correct angle, creating two different scenes in one space.
More at Print Week

Conductive silver nanowire to be used as ink
Researchers at the University of Tennessee have developed a highly conductive nanowire ink that can be printed on paper. The flexible, inexpensive and disposable circuits are seen as ideal for medical devices as well as for electronic skin: touchpads that can act as sensors on robots.
More at Computer World

GeoTech Polymers’ innovative process removes ink and labels
Geo-Tech, a subsidiary of Wastren Advantage, has developed a new process for removing coatings such as ink, chrome, paint, films and labels from discarded plastics prior to reprocessing. The American Chemistry Council has now rewarded the company with its 2014 Innovation in Plastics Recycling Award.
More at Recycling International

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