Future Links December 23rd 2014

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature Hoover’s partnership with MakerBot, the power of print at the PSI 2015, Paperlinx efforts to consolidate its international business, screen-printed displays developed by Swedish researchers, MPS’ new branding strategy and electroluminescent film at LOPEC.

Vacuum maker partners with MakerBot
How do you know 3D printing has gone mainstream? Easy! When household appliance manufacturers let their customers 3D print accessories for their devices. Case in point: Hoover. The company announced a partnership with MakerBot’s Thingiverse to release a couple of 3D-printable models on MakerBot’s platform. The models include a flashlight holder and a battery case.
More at Gizmodo

The power of print at PSI 2015
Mimaki is showing its “Let’s create together” campaign at the PSI 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company aims to demonstrate the power of the printed product whether I is on paper on any other material. The PSI 2015 opens its doors from January 7-9 in Düsseldorf.
More at My Print Resource

Paperlinx looks for market consolidation in Europe
The expected upswing never materialized and now Paperlinx is exploring a variety of opportunities to consolidate its operations in the European market. The company is undertaking a strategic review of its European, Asian (excluding Australia and New Zealand) and Canadian operations that will look at available options including acquistions, disposals and mergers.
More at Print Week

Swedish research institute Acreo develops screen-printed displays
The new monochromatic screen-printed display can be integrated into packaging and show important product information such as expiry dates. It can also serve as a smart label or RFID-tag. According to Acreo, the display requires low voltage and can interact with both the printed material and the consumers in new ways. More at FESPA

MPS refocuses its brand
Press manufacturer MPS aims to communicate a new consistent strategic message with its new branding strategy. The company says at the core of its rebranding lies its commitment to help customers excel by providing extensive knowledge, world-class service and product innovation to enhance the printing process.
More at Labels & Labeling

Electroluminescent film on display at LOPEC
LOPEC, the International Exhibition and Conference for the Printed Electronics Industry, takes place in Munich from March 3–5, 2015. One of the expected highlights is the Demo Line, a production line for printed electronic elements. Electroluminescent film in the size of business cards will be produced live at the trade show.
More at Packaging Europe


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