Future Links March 30th 2015

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers an election-year boost for a printing business, Prodways rapid expansion, the critical role of packaging, a case study on Antalis’ Coala Supertack, Clays investment in HP presses, a call for entries for the Print Futures Awards, Warsteiner’s artful beer bottles and glass objects made with the help of a 3D printer.

Elections boost envelope printing firm’s business
With thousands of direct mailings and flyers being sent out to voters, election years usually are good for the printing industry. Carousel Print, a printer specialized in envelope printing, experienced a significant boost.
More at Insider Media

Prodways expands its business with two acquisitions
After being acquired by Groupe Gorgé, French industrial 3D printer manufacturer Prodways has expanded its business with two recent acquisitions: It bought Norge Systems, the maker of two types of SLS printers and Initial, a French 3D printing service provider.
More at 3D Printing Industry

Packaging plays a critical role in a brand’s success
Customers face a million choices on the supermarket shelves. Creative packaging is often the only thing that can make a brand stand out and attract the attention of consumers. Packaging is therefore often closely aligned to a brand’s strategy and plays a critical role in its success.
More at Smart Blogs

Case study: Antalis’ Coala Supertack transforms building’s interior
The reception area of a luxury apartment building was not as inviting as the designers wanted it to be. To change this, they used Coala Supertack to create a colorful wall design. Coala Supertack is a 96 micron satin white polymeric high-grade ‘high-tack’ vinyl. It is ideal for use on concrete, stucco and brick, as well as low energy or hard-to-stick surfaces such as ABS plastics. It can be printed using solvent, latex or UV inks.
More at Graphic Repro Online

Clays invests heavily in HP presses
The UK-based book printer St Ives Clays has announced that it will purchase multiple HP Inkjet web presses in a multimillion-pound deal that marks the next major stage in its digital production print strategy for the UK book market. The 200-year-old book printer has embraced digital printing technology since 2009 to support its traditional litho print offering.
More at Print Week

Print Futures Awards open for entries
Support for the next generation: The Print Futures Awards offer up to 1,500 British pounds for UK residents between the ages of 16 and 30 seeking further training opportunities. Applications must be received by Friday, 29 May 2015.
More at Output Magazine

Warsteiner perfects the art of the beer bottle
The Warsteiner Art Collection beer bottles shine with metal print colors and elaborate designs. The combination of design and packaging proved a winning formula for Ardagh Group and its customer, Warsteiner, in two prestigious international competitions.
More at Packaging Europe

Student creates glass objects with 3D printer
The range of materials that can be used with 3D printing technology has just been expanded: A student at the Rochester Institute of Technology found a way to use a 3D printer to aid him in the design and production of intricate glass objects.
More at 3D Print

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