Future Links August 21th 2014

Here is our daily news roundup with the most important links of the day. Today, they include Lake Image Systems new Discovery Enterprise, packaging made of sugarcane, an industry award for a successful printing business, special inks and fonts to protect against check fraud, an outlook for the 3D printing industry and a look at the key factors in printing decisions.

Lake Image Systems recommended as “Must See”
At the Graph Expo 2014 at McCormick Place in Chicago from September 28 to October 1, many exhibitors will present their new products and processes. A panel of industry experts has found the ones that shouldn’t been missed and recognized them with a “Must See ‘Em” award. One of the companies is Lake Image Systems with their Discovery Enterprise inspection system in the color management and quality control category.
More at Print Week

Sweet packaging made of sugarcane
The demand for environmentally friendly packing is growing internationally and some promising solutions have entered the market. One is Green PE, a packaging material made of sugarcane that was developed by Braskem, the largest petrochemical producer in the Americas, and is distributed by Resin Trade Ltd. Resin Trade has now selected polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK to be the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE.
More at Packaging Europe

Charlene Sims named ‘Printer of the Year’
The AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Printer of the Year Award recognizes a small commercial printer who operates a successful, customer-responsive business, demonstrating creativity, exhibiting service to community groups and industry organizations, and serving as a role model for future generations. Charlene Sims, president of The Master’s Press in Dallas, TX, received the award this year. She started her business in 1976 and has since led it with dedication and a strong customer-focus.
More at What they think?

Printers offer protection against check fraud
While the majority of payments in Europe are made electronically, the U.S. still relies on paper checks for a significant portion of its noncash payments. This poses a risk: Check fraud is still persistent, including forged checks, altered checks, duplicate checks and counterfeit checks. Secure magnetic ink character recognition (MICR), protected fonts and inks are solutions that can help combat fraud at the printer level.
More at Bai.org

3D printing industry expected to quadruple within four years
Research firm Wohlers Associates Inc. expects worldwide revenues in 3D printing and additive manufacturing to reach $12.8 billion by 2018. The growth will be driven mainly by the production of actual parts for manufacturing as well as by sales of personal 3D printers costing less than 5000 USD.  By 2020, Wohlers Associates forecasts revenues from all products and services in the industry to exceed $21 billion.
More at Plastics Today

In print decisions, volume and price are key factors
Brand owners are most strongly influenced by price and volumes when selecting a printing process, a new study by market researcher GfK found. The study ‘Demands by the brand owners for their packaging printing’ was commissioned by the European Rotogravure Association (ERA). According to the study, print quality was also an important factor while environmental aspects ranked lower on the scale of considerations that went into the decision-making process.
More at Labels & Labeling