Future Links July 1st 2014

Here’s our daily news roundup from the printing industry. Today we have for you multi-billion dollar companies investing in 3D printing, Ergo Asia sold, 3D printed molds for bottle production, Kingston Data Systems entering the web-print market, shares of International Paper rising and 3D printing from recycled plastic bottles.

Gold mine 3D printing
3D printing has been one of the most rapid growing and technically advancing industries in the past. These multi-billion dollar companies have jumped at the opportunity and invested into 3D or will be doing so in the future.
More at 3dprint.com

Ergo Asia sold
Konica Minolta has acquired the $100m print management company Ergo Asia, based in Australia. The deal completes its purchase of similar provider Charterhouse, which operates in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in 2012.
More at i-grafix.com

Security smart label
A new packaging patent allows to alarm a product without the need for additional Electronic Article Surveillance tags. It works trough a security loop applied to the package formed from conductive printed ink, conductive ribbon, conductive foil or conductive wire.
More at Packaging Digest

3D Printing for packaging
Thin-walled plastic bottles are made with a technique called blow molding, where hot air is blasted into a traditionally machined metal mold that is required because of the heat and pressure inherent in the process. However, for short turns, the molds can be 3D printed using PolyJet-based 3D printing.
More at the Stratasys Blog

Data company enters web-print market
The Melbourne-based electronic engineering company Kingston Data Systems has bought the UK video web inspection system maker Visi-tech System. They will now be offering video web inspection systems for label and packaging web presses.
More at Proprint.com

IP expects growth
According to the American financial magazine Barron’s, the shares of International Paper could rise up to 40 % in the next 12 months. The producer of corrugated shipping boxes expects to produce about $1.5bn in free cash this year.
More at Packaging News

New design objects from plastic bottles
The Coca-Cola Company has launched the brand EKOCYCLE to promote sustainability through lifestyle products made in part from recycled material. A new collaboration with 3D Systems allows home users to create design objects with a printer filament made in part from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
More at Nanowerk