Future Links August 20th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers the state and future of the inkjet business, a proliferation of filament producers, the ten largest 3D printers, tips on how to lower the costs of printing, Manroland’s success in Brazil, guidelines for sourcing sustainable wood and paper products and the positive environmental impact of Iggesund’s business decisions.

Report looks at proliferation of filament producers
A new study by Research and Markets takes a look at the 3D printing filament suppliers and their impact on the 3D printing industry. The researchers identify 225 suppliers of the two common thermoplastic filaments for FFF printers – PLA (Polylactic Acid) and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). The multitude of filament suppliers contributes to the fragmentation of the 3D printing industry, according to the report.
More at PR Newswire

Size matters: The top ten largest 3D printers
While desktop 3D printers are becoming increasingly common in hobbyists’ garages and educational centers, large 3D printers are attraction a lot of attention. An article identifies the 10 largest 3D printers suited for bigger printing projects such as printing a sailboat or a doghouse.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Tips on how to lower the hidden costs of printing
Many businesses don’t realize the huge saving potential that well-managed printing offers. By managing their day-to-day printing more efficiently, companies could save energy, ink and paper. In an article on IT Web, Riso Africa’s product manager Marvin Minnaar says print management software is the only way for a business to accurately determine how much is being spent on printing.
More at IT Web

Manroland Euroman is a bestseller in Brazil
The 32- or 48- page commercial web offset press Euroman is well suited for advertising inserts, brochures, directories, magazines, and catalogues. This fits well with the needs of the growing market in Brazil. Therefore, the Euroman has been a best-seller in Brazil with eleven presslines producing at different printing companies – equipped with 44 printing units, 11 reel splicers, 11 dryers and 11 folders from Manroland Web Systems.
More at Graphic Repro Online

Guidelines to help with sourcing of sustainable paper products
Responsible businesses make procuring sustainably sourced wood and paper products a priority. However, it is not always easy to trace the origins and ensure that the paper or wood comes from environmentally sound sources. The ‘Sustainable Procurement Guide for Wood and Paper-based Products’ from the World Resources Institute (WRI) & World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is designed to enable professionals to make informed choices.
More at FESPA

Environmental impact plays role in all of Iggesund’s decisions
At Iggesund Paperboard, sustainability is a cornerstone of the company’s work. The environmental aspects are considered in every decision. The company’s environmental work is not separate from its main business. This approach has brought about several improvements: Iggesund Mill’s environmental work to date has led to a fifty per cent reduction in the amount of sulphur and particulate emissions within only a couple of years. In addition, the mill’s major investments in water purification have resulted in a radical reduction of emissions of nutrients into the Baltic Sea outside the mill.
More at Packaging Europe


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