Future Links July 8th 2014

Today our daily news roundup from the printing industry covers plastics packaging in Europe, 3D printed low-cost electrolyzers, Kemira’s paper chemicals business acquisition, the problem of copycat packaging, a printed diodes breakthrough, HP nomination for the U.S. air force, a new mobile print solution, 3D printing networks possible to distribute access to a wider user base, increasing recycling and the independent label industry.

Amcor leads plastics packaging
According to Applied Market Information, Amcor group continues to be the largest plastics packaging producer in Europe. The largest company in volume is Austro-German group Alpla-Werke.
More at Packaging News

3D printed low-cost electrolyzers
Researchers from the University of Glasgow have demonstrated in a paper how to produce and operate a PEM electrolyzer constructed from silver-coated 3D-printed components fabricated from polypropylene. This allows the construction of light-weight, low-cost electrolyzers and the rapid prototyping of flow field design.
More at Green Car Congress

Kemira acquires paper chemicals business
Kemira will buy the paper chemicals business from Akzo Nobel for 153m € in the first quarter of 2015, according to its own statement. With this deal the company intends to strengthen its position in the packaging and board industry and in the Asia-Pacific region.
More at Euwid Paper

Tackling copycat packaging
There has long been the problem of competitors of famous brand deliberately designing products with the same color and form. When the packaging becomes so similar that consumers get confused about the real product, court action has to be taken. This article deals with different cases and the future of this issue.
More at Lexology

Printed diodes breakthrough
A student at Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics, has solved a thirteen-year-long mystery by explaining how a printed diode can function in the GHz band. This forms the missing link between mobile phones and printed labels.
More at Phys.org

HP for U.S. air force
The United States Air Force has chosen HP’s single-function and multifunction printers and consumables for its digital printing and imaging initiative. The initiative is based on five key elements including savings, security, standardization, simplification and streamlining.
More at Market Wired

New mobile print solution
Canon has launched a mobile print offering that enables users to print from any Android version 4.4 enabled devices and select HP Slate devices to Canon models. The solution runs based on Android’s recently announced printing framework.
More at Market Watch

3D printing networks
This part of the article series “The Coming Ecosystem of 3D Printing” deals with the aspect of both distributed and concentrated 3D printer networks and the question of whether it is possible to distribute access to a wider user base.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Recycling rates increasing
EU beverage cartons recycling rates have reached 42 % in 2013, according to the alliance for beverage cartons & the environment UK. This marks an increase of 3 %.
More at Packaging News

Independent label industry
Members of FINAT, the international trade association for self-adhesive labelling and related industries, have met for their 2014 annual congress. This blog article summarizes the event’s debate on changing influences and technologies as well as the industry’s new and extended profile.
More at the Labelling Blog

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