Dec 10, 2013
Though inkjet has been a hot topic since 2008 (remember the ‘inkjet’ drupa?), it is hard to underestimate the continuing impact inkjet is having across all areas of the graphic arts. I think 2013 marks an interesting turning point. Inkjet is everywhere from document printing to labels & packaging to decorative to functional and 3D printing.
Gartner Hype Cycle
3D printing had to be one of the most talked about topics of 2013 and jetting technologies are the key behind many 3D printing implementations (though in this case they are jetting materials rather than inks). That being said, in my opinion 3D printing has reached what Gartner likes to call the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’ and others have described as ‘Irrational Exuberance.’ The way some people talk about 3D printing you’d think that before long you’ll be 3D printing your beer complete with the bottle (with a label on the outside and a cap on top).
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Apr 18, 2012
I could be wrong. After all, the show doesn’t start forÂ two weeks, but I think these will be the top stories at drupa:
- Benny Landa — Whether Landa Labs shows market-ready products or early tech demos doesn’t really matter. This will be a drupa remembered for the show that Benny Landa put on. Is it ready for prime time? We won’t know until May. One mystery that should be solved by then is why their press releases refer to “ink ejectors” rather than inkjet heads (like every other inkjet system vendor does). Could it be that they are doing something different than using inkjet heads to apply ink to paper? Wait and see. Read more »
Jan 19, 2012
Insight about basic forces in the packaging markets of Europe comes from this story: On January 17th, Britain’s DS Smith (UK) announced it is buying the recycled packaging operations of SCA of Sweden for about $2 billion. The goal of DS Smith, already a jumbo supplier of packaging in Britain and elsewhere, is to win more business from the world’s top consumer goods companies, especially in Northern Europe where its main consumer goods customers already operate. In his statement about the deal, DS Smith CEO Miles Roberts said that customers like Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Kraft, Reckitt Benckiser, and Unilever have encouraged his company to offer more recycled packaging across Europe. The deal will make DS Smith one of the largest corrugated suppliers in Europe, with close to 3 million metric tonnes of capacity. Read more »
Jul 1, 2011
“Going Green” took on a whole new meaning last week when Coca-Cola and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) unveiled a new billboard designed to absorb air pollution. The billboard, located in Philippines, is covered in 3,600 Fukien tea plants which are said to absorb up to 13 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. In fact, the entire billboard is environmentally friendly. The plants are housed in pots made from old coke bottles, the potting mixture is made from industrial byproducts and organic fertilizers, and a drip irrigation system saves on water and fertilizer. “This billboard helps alleviate air pollution within its proximate areas as it can absorb a total of 46,800 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, on estimate,” says botanist Anthony Gao. Read more »
Aug 18, 2009
There is a new high school in Florida that claims to have gone “green.” While they certainly have made steps to become more environmentally-friendly, the principal leads out with the fact that they will be a “paperless school.”
Here is what the printed article quotes: “It is a green school. I’m allowing the students to bring their laptops and their iPods, so we can walk the talk, in other words, so the teachers will be downloading podcasts, the students will be making podcasts, so the teachers have a one-on-one communication, not only with the students but also with the parents,” said Principal Carrie Montano.
Here is what the quote in the printed article misses, and what is captured in her video interview: “It is a paperless school, it is a green school. I’m allowing the students to…”
It brings up an interesting (and heated) discussion about what green really means. Is green the complete removal of paper? Are you more environmentally-conscious if you use a laptop, iPod, or other mobile (electricity-consuming) device in place of paper?
Find the article here: http://www4.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/MI128842/
Feb 6, 2009
The following is an open letter to the industry from Charlie Corr, Chief Strategist, Mimeo.com. Charlie spent many years at InfoTrends before moving to Mimeo.com in 2007. Charlie’s message is an important one so we are posting it here in its entirety with his permission.
“Don’t Print” Isn’t “Going Green” by Charlie Corr, Mimeo.com
It is increasingly popular to bash the use of paper. The industry is an easy target as everyone uses paper and the presentation of the industry is laughable (think Dunder Mifflin on The Office).
Despite the many environmentally friendly actions taken by the paper, printing and publishing industries, little is known of these efforts due to a self-inflicted inability to publicize them. Unlike the auto or fuel industries, we don’t spend any money as an industry on effective green promotion. Read more »
Feb 5, 2009
Or is it? An InfoTrends study (ODS/PWCCS clients see results here) on green printing and sustainability conducted in the second quarter of 2008 found that more than half of print service providers claim to have implemented green policies. But what does being green really mean?
Some print service providers are publishing press releases that boast their efforts to be environmentally friendly by adopting soft proofing. I suppose soft-proofing can be considered environmentally-friendly since the consumables, energy, and transportation costs associated with hard-proofs are eliminated. Digital printing can also be considered green as on-demand printing results in printing only what is necessary, thus eliminating waste. Some digital and offset print buyers are demanding more by implementing green policies by requesting sustainable harvested forest products, post-consumer waste papers, and chlorine-free bleaching products from their service providers.
Other service providers are demonstrating environmentally-friendly practices by Read more »