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PRESSURE-SENSITIVE GRAPHIC FILMS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: New AWA market study

Pressure-sensitive films for the broad spectrum of graphic applications are the subject of a new edition of the established global market report from AWA Alexander Watson Associates: AWA Global Pressure-sensitive Graphic Films Market Study 2018. This is a major and diversified marketplace, representing a volume of 2575 million sqm of material volumes in 2017, and AWA forecasts that it will continue to grow at 6.2% per annum in the medium term.

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Thomson Reuters Sees Rising International Divergence in Regulatory Reform as Financial Firms Race to Harness and Apply Fast-Developing Digital Technology

Ten years after the financial crisis, the resulting push for global regulatory harmony is giving way to divergent stances on the need for compliance, as long-awaited major reforms take effect in the EU, while in the U.S. the Trump Administration rolls out its deregulatory agenda set a year ago. Compliance officers and regulatory professionals everywhere are bracing to address these changes, and keep up with the unbridled development of digital technology as it affects their operations, according to Thomson Reuters eighth annual Special Report on the State of Regulatory Reform.

Robot density rises globally

The automation of production is accelerating around the world: 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries (2015: 66 units). By regions, the average robot density in Europe is 99 units, in the Americas 84 and in Asia 63 units.

The top 10 most automated countries in the world are: South Korea, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Italy, Belgium and Taiwan. This is according to the 2017 World Robot Statistics, issued by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

Hop Industries Issues Trends Report on the Growth in UV and LED Digital Printing

Hop Industries, manufacturer of the durable Hop-Syn synthetic paper, today announces a new trends report about the proliferation, and its contributing factors, of UV and LED digital printing. Fast emerging as a cost-effective and high-quality alternative to traditional printing methods such as offset and flexo, UV and LED digital printing has several notable advantages. The report highlights these advantages, as well as the sustainability factors that are driving print service providers (PSPs) to embrace UV and LED technologies. These include durable substrates designed for UV and LED printing, which are also environmentally-friendly, such as Hop-Syn synthetic paper. Hop-Syn comes in multiple grades, and delivers high quality results on leading digital printers such as EFI and swissQprint, recently featured at SGIA Expo 2017.


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