Future Links July 22nd 2014

Here’s our daily news roundup from the printing industry. Today we have for you the containerboard statistics for June, progress in alloy metal printing, Investcorp buying Dutch printing manufacture, the worst at recycling, a sustainable packaging choice, 3D printed food and skin for soldiers, Kocher + Beck and Lüscher partnering, China investing in Belarus PET, a white paper on shelf presence and Printed Electronics USA.

Containerboard statistics for June
The American Forest & Paper Association has released the U.S. containerboard statistics for June 2014. The report indicates that production was essentially flat compared to both May of this and June of last year.
More at What They Think

Progress in alloy metal printing
Yesterday, we featured an article in our future links saying that organic growth in the global 3D printing industry is taking place primarily in the metal additive manufacturing sector. Now the Canadian company Zecotek has started the testing and refinement of a printer that will allow for the use of a variety of alloys in printing.
More at 3D Print

Investcorp buys Dutch printing manufacturer
The investment firm for alternative markets, Investcorp, will be acquiring Netherland-based SPG Prints.  The company specializes in the manufacture of digital inks and equipment for wide format, textile, and packaging applications.
More at My Print Resource

UK worst at recycling
According to a report by The Digital House, the United Kingdom proves to be the worst in recycling and energy recovery. It also states that seven countries generate more than three-quarters of total European plastic waste.
More at Environmental Leader

Sustainable packaging choice
Different industry giants are constantly trying to optimize their packaging in order to achieve cost savings, ergonomic improvement, and minimizing environmental impact. This report shows that environmentally conscious shoppers as well should consider packaging concerns to their purchasing criteria.
More at Sustainability Scholars

3D printed food for soldiers
At our drupa blog, we already wrote about recent developments in the field of food printing. Now, the U.S. Army as well intends to use 3D printing to produce food for soldiers.
More at 3Ders

3D printed skin for soldiers
The US army is not only experimenting on 3D printing their food. Wake Forest University’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine who had already invented 3D printed cartilage and the 3D printing of various organ tissues has announced that 3D printed skin for the army is almost ready for clinical trials.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Kocher + Beck and Lüscher partnering
Kocher + Beck, a self-proclaimed market leader in the field of rotary-die cutting technology, has signed an agreement with Lüscher Technologies AG. They want to sell the Multi DX UV CTP systems within the USA and Canada, which were developed for label printing and applications in industrial printing.
More at Packaging Labels

China invests in Belarus PET
China will invest in a major bottle grade PET production project planned by the Belarus PET and polyester fibres producer Mogilevkhimvolokno for 2016. As part of the partnership, Belarus had invited the Chinese government to the construction of a new PET plant in Mogilev, Belarus.
More at European Plastics News

White paper on shelf presence
The Foil & Specialty Effects Association has published a study on the effect of high-visibility enhancements on consumer purchasing behavior. According to their own statement, the study proves clear advantages to foil stamping on packaging.
More at Packaging Today

Printed Electronics USA
From 19th to 20th November 2014 the Printed Electronics Conference takes place in Santa Clara, California. 30 % early bird attendee discount is valid until this Friday.
More at ID TechEx

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