Future Links April 1st 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers the main growth drivers for industrial 3D applications, Canon’s new service facility in Singapore, SmarTech’s 3D printing materials’ analyses, an expected price increase for décor paper, a major order for Heidelberg presses and refill stations as a possible way of decreasing waste.

Prototyping and product development still main 3D applications
Forbes magazine analyzed a number of studies and market forecasts on 3D printing. Most of them indicated that prototyping and product development are still the main growth drivers of industrial 3D printing applications.
More at Forbes

Canon opens facility in Singapore’s sport hub
Photo and printing company Canon is moving close to one of its customers and is opeing a facility in Singapore’s sports hub. Canon will provide document management, mailroom, creative and print production services, assisting the Singapore Sports Hub with functions such as event marketing and marketing campaigns.
More at The Straits Times

SmarTech will publish monthly 3D printing materials analyses
The 3D printing industry will use 39 billion USD in metals, plastics and other materials over the next ten years, creating a major market opportunity for specialty chemical firms, metals companies and the 3D printing equipment firms themselves. To inform companies of major trends within the industry, SmarTech is launching an advisory service with monthly report and specialized consulting services.
More at PR Newswire

Décor paper prices expected to increase
Spiraling eucalyptus pulp costs as well as exchange rate effects are said to be behind the planned price increase for décor paper. Not all manufacturers are providing clear information about their future prices but insiders expect to see an increase as early as in the second quarter.
More at EUWID Pulp and Paper

Ostschweiz Druck AG places major order with Heidelberg
It is the biggest investment in the history of the company: Ostschweiz Druck AG is installing a Speedmaster XL 106-6+L, a Speedmaster XL 106-4-P+L, a Suprasetter 106 CTP platesetter, and a Polar N 137 AT Pace Autoturn high-speed cutter. Ostschweiz Druck is one of the top-ranking companies in Europe in Prinect Performance Benchmarking, the online system from Heidelberg that accurately analyses performance.
More at Graphic Repro Online

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