Future Links January 19th

Here are our daily links with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature HP’s book to inspire brand owners, a new printing method opening opportunities for sports equipment, a new WEF report citing job losses due to new technologies, Georgia Pacific’s upgraded packaging innovation center, Graphic Packaging’s acquisition of a premier carton folder and new on the drupa blog: Wool-based packaging keeps food, pharmaceuticals cool.

HP aims to inspire brand owners with print book
A new large-format book, printed by FE Burman, is meant to show brand users the possibilities of print. The book called ‘Digital Print. A Bigger Spectrum’ was produced in association with HP, and contains a variety of case studies showing different ways that brands around the world have found clever and innovative ways to use digital printing techniques.
More at Print Week

New 3D printing method opens up possibilities for sports equipment
A team of engineers at the University of Bristol has developed a new type of 3D printing that can print composite materials, which are used in many high performance products such as tennis rackets, golf clubs and aeroplanes. This technology will soon enable a much greater range of things to be 3D printed at home and at low-cost.
More at University of Bristol

WEF: 3D printing, AI robots and nanotech could result in fewer jobs
A recent report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has predicted that the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, characterized by the rise of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, robotics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, machine learning and biotechnology, will lead to over five million human jobs being eliminated within the next four years. The job reduction will happen across 15 of the world’s most powerful countries, with office and admin roles set to be hit the hardest.
More at 3ders

Georgia Pacific updates its packaging design and testing institute
The upgrade includes a wet lab that allows customers test different paper options for their packaging. Georgia Pacific also completed the work to achieve LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification and the changes allow for fast prototyping and pre-test conditioning of packaging materials.
More at The Packer

Graphic Packaging to acquire folding carton manufacturer
Graphic Packaging Holding, a leading global provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and other consumer products companies, has announced that its subsidiary, Graphic Packaging International, will acquired the outstanding shares of Walter G. Anderson. Walter G. Anderson is a premier folding carton manufacturer with a focus on store branded food and consumer products markets.
More at Printing Impressions

New on the drupa blog: Wool packaging keeps pharmaceuticals cool
It seems counterintuitive, but British company Woolcool uses wool-filled packaging insulators to keep food and pharmaceuticals cool. Wool is not only effective in keeping temperatures at the desired level, Woolcool says it is also more environmentally friendly than polystyrene commonly used for insulated bags and boxes.
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