Future Links September 10th 2015

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature strong predicted growth rates for the MPS market in Japan, how to get into premium retail garment printing, Pitney Bowes’ new addition to its production inkjet line, what the 3D touch function on the new iPhone could mean for 3D modeling, Voestalpine’s new R&D center in Düsseldorf and the reason for consumers’ recycling apathy.

Managed print services to grow rapidly in Japan
Japan is a major market for printing companies like Canon, Fuji Xerox, Ricoh and Konica Minolta. Yet other than in the U.S. and Europe, managed print services are still considered fairly new. A new report by Research and Markets predicts that the managed print services market in Japan is going to grow at a CAGR of more than 15 percent from 2015 to 2019.
More at Business Wire

How to get into premium retail garment printing
Retail stores have an increasing demand for screen-printed garments. To get into retail stores, independent clothing lines may offer a good starting point. An article on ASI Central give tips on how to get started, including discussing every aspect of the order, from garment style to the design of the print to packaging and delivery.
More at ASI Central 

Pitney Bowes expands production inkjet offerings
Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides products and solutions to power commerce, has announced the global market availability of its new AcceleJet printing and finishing system. Combined with Pitney Bowes’ customer engagement software, services and mail finishing equipment, AcceleJet is well-suited for print and mail service providers who generate four million to 10 million transactional or direct-mail printing impressions per month.
More at Printing Impressions

3D touch on new iPhone 6 could bring 3D modeling to the masses
3D modeling is not intuitive and was long considered the domain of engineers and CAD specialists. As 3D printers are becoming more widely available, more people are interested in 3D modeling and Apple’s announcement opens up a whole new pathway to bring 3D modeling to the masses.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Voestalpine plans to do 3D printing R&D in Düsseldorf
The Austrian company Voestalpine is committed to increase its R&D activities in 3D printing in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company will open a new research facility next year and will focus mainly on printing with metal powders. Voestalpine chose Düsseldorf as the location for its new center because of the favorable conditions for research in the city.
More in German at Die Welt

Do consumers care about recycling?
The numbers aren’t very encouraging: A 2012 study commissioned by the American Chemistry Council showed that 94 % of U.S. consumers have access to a recycling program that accepts PET bottles yet only an estimated 31 % of PET bottles were recycled in 2012. It’s easy to conclude that consumers don’t care about recycling but there may be more to the story.
More at Packaging Digest