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By Dr Conor O'Brien, Senior Technology Analyst at IDTechEx

The conductive inks market will grow to exceed US$6.5 billion by 2034 but remains a highly segmented industry, underpinning both photovoltaics and the emerging field of printed electronics. Taking stock of the different outlooks for the myriad of conductive ink types and the various application areas is a complex task. IDTechEx has tackled this problem by assessing the market for different conductive ink types across 15 application areas and providing granular ten-year market forecasts.

Issues such as resource management and sustainability are becoming increasingly important, while climate change and high energy prices are omnipresent. Minebea Intec, a leading global manufacturer of industrial weighing and inspection technologies, is aware of its responsibility and offers soluti-ons for sustainable production processes. Increasing efficien-cy, conserving resources and protecting against expensive product recalls that damage the company's image and the environment are key issues. The company is also working consistently to improve its own environmental footprint.

Aicomp and Esko have formed a partnership to create integrated solutions for packaging manufacturers between Esko's CAD Suite and Aicomp's ERP software solutions.

In today’s highly competitive business environment, companies are always looking for ways to streamline their processes and boost productivity.

According to statista, packaging, paper and paperboard production has increased significantly since 2010, with a high of 266.5 million metric tonnes in 2021 and a value of 265.03 million metric tonnes in 2022. The biggest growth driver? The rise of e-commerce. Here, Tom Cash, director of automation parts supplier, Foxmere, explains how automation is helping the paper and pulp industry meet its environmental requirements.

Carnauba wax, derived from palm leaves, has long been considered as the gold standard for delivering key properties like hardness, scratch resistance, and gloss in coatings. However, with increasing supply constraints and sustainability concerns, formulators are actively seeking alternatives[1]. At Clariant, we recognize the need for alternatives driven by customer demands as well as our responsibility to address environmental challenges. We strive to make a meaningful impact in the industry all while maintaining our focus on meeting the diverse needs of our customers.

On the occasion of World Metrology Day on May 20, 2024, we invited Bruno Martin, Director Quality Management & Direc-tor Metrology at Minebea Intec, for an expert interview. In this interview, Bruno Martin sheds light on the fundamental role of metrology in modern industry and explains why pre-cise measurements are essential for product quality assuran-ce and reliability.

The last few decades have seen the number of FMCG products available to consumers increase exponentially, driven by a multitude of factors, including brands’ desire to increase sales and act on changing market conditions and consumer behaviours.

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