Future Links June 8th 2015
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers an influential entrepreneur in the printing business, PepsiCo’s 3D printed potato chips, a 3D printed tool for knee surgery, the closing of Norske Skog’s operations in Duisburg, Fortis’ two acquisitions, Antalis Green Star ratings and studies by the EPA to determine the safety of nanosilver in food packaging.
Serial entrepreneur‘s influence on the printing industry
Over his 46-year long business career, Benny Landa has influenced the printing industry with an array of ideas and new businesses. He made headlines several times, most notably when he sold Indigo, a company that pioneered digital printing, to Hewlett-Packard in 2002. He is now working nanotechnology solutions that promise to deliver richer, deeper colour at lower cost than current digital printers offer.
More at FT
PepsiCo is 3D printing potato chips
3D printers for food have proliferated recently and it was only a question of time before the big snack food manufacturers would sign on. PepsiCola has now announced its use of 3D printing to create a brand of chips called Deep Ridged that were first developed using a 3D model and a 3D printer to create a thick and super-crunchy potato chip experience.
More at 3ders
3D printed tool for knee replacement wins award
Personalization and 3D printing are big trends in medicine and recently, both came together for an award-winning innovation. Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Orthopaedics Department has been awarded the first prize in a 3D printing competition hosted by Texas A&M University in Qatar (Tamuq). The winning idea was a personalized 3D printed tool for knee replacement surgery.
More at Gulf Times
Norske Skog discontinues printing operations in Duisburg
Norske Skog will take 205,000 tons of LWC paper capacity from the market. The company decided to cease operations its loss-making Walsum mill in Germany. According to news reports, Norske Skog explained that the Walsum mill experienced losses and negative cash flow.
More at EUWID Pulp and Paper
Fortis expands its product range with two acquisitions
To expand its product and service offerings, Fortis Solutions Group has acquired Kopco Graphics and Color Craft Label. Kopco Graphics provides a wide range of products including pressure-sensitive labels, flexible packaging, instant redeemable coupons and promotional labels. Color Craft Label specializes in customized pressure-sensitive labels.
More at Labels & Labeling
Antalis classification aims to help eco-conscious customers
Antalis has created a Green Star System (GSS) in order to increase transparency around the sustainability of its papers and substrates. The ranking system, designed to be universally recognizable, considers the origin of the fibers and the manufacturing process. FSC and PEFC accreditation, as well as ISO 14001 and EU Ecolabel standards, are also factors in determining the eco-friendliness of a product.
More at Output Magazine
EPA takes a closer look at anti-microbial packaging
Packaging with anti-microbial characteristics is becoming increasingly popular. In some cases, silver nanoparticles are used. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently conducting studies to determine the human and environmental health implications of the most prevalent nanomaterials, including nanosilver.
More at Packaging Digest