Verdigris urges print and paper industries to ‘Go Google-less’


Verdigris, the environmental awareness initiative, is asking the printing and paper industries and their customers to ‘Go Google-less’. The plea is in response to Google’s Paperless 2013 campaign which urges people to stop using paper. Verdigris wants the industry to stop using the Google search engine and related products such as Google+, Chrome or Android in the hope that Google will reconsider.


The Paperless 2013 campaign ( claims that relying exclusively on

Tetra Pak Arabia launches second awareness campaign

Food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak has launched its second  media campaign called 'Protects what's Good', in Saudi Arabia with the ambition to create awareness among GCC consumers about the benefits of using Tetra Pak's packaging for food products.
"We are delighted that our leading customers are showing such support to endorse our motto: 'Protects what's good'. Just as families protect and care for their loved ones, we take care of the protection and safety of the products packed

DED, EEG sign deal to manage recyclable paper waste

The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai has signed an agreement with the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) to manage and recycle paper waste in DED branches.
DED as a member of EEG will allocate special containers to collect recyclable paper materials and ensure that such paper does not have any left-over food, oil or plastic thermal coating. Paper cartons will be flattened before placing them in the containers to save space and make loading and transporting easier.

Benford’s new system claims to save 75% energy usage

UV & IR drying/curing systems manufacturer, Benford UV has launched a new DualUV system which claims to save 75% energy over a standard UV systems on a B1 press running 24/7.

UV & IR drying/curing systems manufacturer, Benford UV has launched a new DualUV system which claims to save 75% energy over a standard UV systems on a B1 press running 24/7.

This system offers both standard UV ink and low energy UV ink curing in one package. There is standard array of UV lamps for curing the current

XOL hosts educational seminar in Dubai

Lebanon based XOL Automation hosted an educational conference on flexible packaging in Dubai titled "Reduce Waste & Improve Productivity", with speakers from Martin Automatic, Berhalter, Pantec and Gidue.

Lebanon based XOL Automation hosted an educational conference on flexible packaging in Dubai titled "Reduce Waste & Improve Productivity", with speakers from Martin Automatic, Berhalter, Pantec and Gidue.

The speakers focussed their presentations on techniques to minimize or eliminates

Samsung’s range of eco friendly printers

Samsung Electronics have announced their new line-up of eco-friendly printers, CLP-680  and CLX-6260 series which can print images, PDFs, web-pages, office documents from any mobile device for businesses of all size and is said to have high yield toner, and consumes very less energy.
"Our new line-up of printers demonstrates Samsung's strength in the printing industry as they deliver excellent colour print quality that is reliable, quick, and importantly, eco-friendly," said Raj Varma, general

Toyo Ink launches rice bran oil based inks in ME

Toyo Ink Middle East has launched non VOC rice ink for sheetfed offset.


Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Yasushi Namise said: “The ink is based on rice bran oil and hence its raw material does not contain any VOCs. Also the rice bran is later used as fertiliser or feeding animals. Till now the Soya based inks were more popular but soya oil has sustainability issues.

The main advantages of these inks are to the print buyers as well as publishers or packaging manufacturers

Flint backs sustainable printing with flexo, rotary UV LED inks

Flint Group Narrow Web has introduced a series of ink technologies for UV LED curing under the EkoCure brand. These inks will be the first commercially available inks designed for combination print.

EkoCure is developed using specially selected photo-initiators that match the narrow and targeted wavelength area that is typical for UV LED lamp output.

Niklas Olsson, global brand manager, Flint Group said, “The UV Flexo inkseries we have developed is based on bio-renewable resin technology

Arjowiggins' new label made with 100% recyclable products

Named Maine 1 Face Natural, the label (the first such label made from fully recyclable materials) was developed by Arjowiggins Graphic in response to customer demand for a 100% recycled high quality label with a natural shade.

In a statement, the firm said: "Developed specifically for the labelling and packaging markets Maine 1 Face Natural has a high bulk for excellent machinability, a one-side satin coating that ensures brilliant print quality and is suitable for food contact. Maine 1 Face

Bottles use more finite sources than carton packs: says study

A pan-European study has found that carton packs for UHT milk use 57% less fossil resources than bottles.

Packaging systems specialists SIG Combibloc commissioned the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) to carry out the life-cycle assessment of 1,000ml carton packs and HDPE and PET bottles at its Heidelberg facility to determine the ecological differences between products.

The study, run across 27 EU countries, revealed that from extraction to distribution and recycling, PET

Ricoh's latex wide-format unit aids green ambitions

Ricoh has unveiled its debut latex wide-format printer series, the Pro L4000, which can print up to 18.1m2 per hour.

Available in two widths - 1,371mm or 1,620mm - the seven-colour machine is being targeted at environmentally conscious point-of-sale and display print businesses.

The L4000 series is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications and is capable of printing on a wide range of substrates, including PVC, coated-paper and textiles.

Offering output as small as four Pico litres in

Goss exhibits 'waste-reducing' machinery enhancements at Drupa

Using Drupa to emphasize its initiatives to cut substrate waste, labour, turn-around times and energy consumption, Goss International displayed machines that needed less energy and minimised waste.

According to the manufacturer, the Goss Colorliner CPS compact-tower press featured a specialised cylinder and roller arrangement that reduced power and energy costs, the enhanced M-600 model has been fitted with 'energy-enhancing' and 'waste-reducing' features, and the Omnicon software that helps

Heidelberg targets carbon-neutral Drupa presence

Heidelberg will use carbon offsetting to make its entire Drupa stand 100% carbon neutral as it looks to highlight its role in helping printers to become more environmentally friendly.

The German manufacturer, which was the first worldwide to offer the option of carbon-offset presses ex-works, said that nearly all of the sheetfed offset presses displayed on its Drupa stand would be fitted with energy meters that measure power consumption per 1,000 sheets.

Heidelberg UK sales director Jim Todd

Chili Publish to unveil more functionality and partnerships

Chili Publish will unveil the latest iteration of its online document editor Chili Publisher 3 at Drupa in Hall 7A (stand C15).

Chili Publish director Kevin Goeminne said the software developer was trying to avoid the label "inDesign in the cloud" as it continued to add greater functionality.

"The market is moving very fast and as such we want to be able to support our customers with the latest functionality," added managing partner Bram Verniest.

New features include the ability to use table

Region's first recycling conference hosted in Dubai on 27-28 February 2012-03-01 1107

The region's first Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference will be officially opened by Dr. Rashid Bin Fahad, minister of environment-UAE. He will be accompanied by Hamad Al-Ameri, general manager, The Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi and senior executives from Dubai Municipality.

The Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference Middle East was held at JW Marriott Hotel, Dubai, from 27-28 February 2012 and was hosted by US-based Recycling Today Media Group and Dubai-based Media

EFI will enter ceramic printing market with Cretaprint buy

EFI has announced it has closed a $31m cash deal to acquire ceramic printing system maker Cretaprint.

The privately held company based in Castellon, Spain, is expected to post a 5-7% contribution to EFI's 2012 revenue as the business looks to capitalise on an industry at the early stages of transforming from screen to digital.

EFI chief technology officer Ghilad Dziesietnik said EFI is aiming to maintain the 122-staff company's 25% market share in the digital space, as it experiences significant

Fujifilm gears up for Drupa 2012 with its plate production line

Fujifilm official opened its new PS-10 plate production line in Tilburg, The Netherlands, at a star-studded ceremony attended by the Prince of Orange, HRH Prince Willem-Alexander.

Fujifilm's PS-10 production line is the centrepiece of a €100m ($133m) investment in the facility, including the installation of five wind turbines that provide 20% of the site's power, and is said to have made Tilburg the "largest single site plate production facility in the world".

The investment makes Tilburg

Iggesund Paperboard to go biofuel exclusively only at Workington

Iggesund Paperboard is to run its Workington mill exclusively using biofuel, as part of a €361m ($500m) investment.

The Swedish-owned company will spend the money installing technology enabling it to use biofuel at its flagship Iggesund, Sweden facility, as well as the Workington mill.

Director of sales to the graphic and packaging sector in Europe Guy Mallinson said: "We are increasing efficiency and ensuring our long-term energy supply. It is natural for us to move to bioenergy because

50 Fujifilm inks approved for organic textile processing

Fujifilm has had over 50 products from three of its Sericol screen-printing textile ink ranges approved by the Soil Association for use in organic textile processing.

The company is the first to have products approved under the organisation's new Approved Inputs for Textiles Scheme, which has been set up to help organic textile and garment manufacturers source low-impact textile processing chemicals.

Soil Association Certification textile specialist Georgina Thomas said: "These inks meet strict

Rotomec focuses on sustained biodegradable packaging

Rotomec, a packaging machines manufacturer recently conducted an open house focussing on rotogravure printing and laminating machines. The theme of the open house was "Sustainable Technologies & Biodegradable Materials".

The theme was based on machine's energy efficiency and waste reducing performance when processing substrates derived from renewable sources for producing biodegradable compostable flexible packaging.

The event was attended by 170 visitors from 21 countries on 15 17 June 2011 in

Study claims that digital book printing is greener than offset

Digital printing technology can reduce overproduction by 22 per cent and reduce the carbon footprint of a book by up to a fifth, a study commissioned by HP claims.

The research, which has been independently reviewed in accordance with ISO standards applicable to life-cycle assessments, looked at offset-only printing, digital-only printing and scenarios involving a mixture of both.

It found that combining analogue offset and digital inkjet printing can significantly reduce the number of copies

Atlantic Zeiser present new curing method

Atlantic Zeiser Group demonstrated the new eco-friendly air-cooled UV LED curing module, SMARTCURE AIR, and the innovative UV LED curing system, SMARTCURE at Interpack.

According to information received, the new systems cure UV inks in an environment friendly manner, there is an absence of ozone emissions, reduced need for ventilation and cooling, and their operating life that outlasts lamp-based systems by a factor of one to ten. The SMARTCURE AIR doesn't require any coolant, and offers

Manufacturers to raise plate prices as input costs surge

It is understood the exact rise will vary by region, although Fuji said it would be "double digit".
Fujifilm UK managing director Keith Dalton said that in the past year or two, raw materials used within the printing industry have become "increasingly scarce", leading to escalating costs.
He added: "This volatility in the raw materials market hasn't been seen for more than 30 years, but the demand is still there. This is allowing the raw material suppliers

Chinese anti-dumping duties imposed after probe concludes

Anti-dumping duties of between 8-35.1% and anti-subsidy duties of between 4%-12% have been imposed on imports of Chinese coated fine paper (CFP) as of 14 May.

The move, which also marks the first time the EU has ever imposed anti-subsidy tarifs against Chinese imports, follows a 15-month investigation by the European Commission and a six-month provisional anti-dumping duty of up to 39.1% that was widely criticised by the print industry.

Andrew Brown, BPIF public affairs adviser, said he

Eco-publishing service offered by Leading Brands Publishing

Leading Brands Publishing, a Dubai-based custom publishing house, today announced a selection of add-on eco-services for its contract magazine clients in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of its contract magazines.

Mars Mlodzinski, company partner at Leading Brands, spoke of the company's enthusiasm for green-initiatives: "We are seeing a significant rise in the number of marketing managers turning their advertising dollars into branded content. CSR and green initiatives are always a hot

Manroland launches 'Performance Package' for lightweight papers

Manroland has developed 'Performance Package' for lightweight papers. Lightweight paper is generally understood to be a group of substrates from 35 until 60 gsm, mostly uncoated mechanical paper grades and occasionally glazed (calendered). The new package has been developed for the Roland 700 series.

Company claims that 'it is the results of extensive research and field tests include numerous technical solutions focusing on feeder, infeed, delivery, and antistatic equipment.

'The performance

Arjowiggins publishes brochure to highlight benefits of Cocoon

Arjowiggins Graphic has released a brochure that explains the process of making its 100%-recycled FSC-certified Cocoon range.

The brochure details facts and figures about the benefits of recycled papers.

Angela De Vorchik, operational marketing manager at Arjowiggins Graphic, said: "Our aim with this brochure is to showcase the great print quality and finish that can be achieved with Cocoon while maintaining the highest green credentials."

The swatch was printed by French company Frazier on Cocoon

Arjowiggins relaunches Conqueror and new quick dry papers in Feb'11

Paper manufacturer, Arjowiggins Creative Papers, announced the rebirth of its Conqueror range and the launch of Bamboo, the quick dry papers, nine new colours in the Laid and Wove ranges including Cobalt, Lawn and Pearl and new envelope formats available in three colours. The new products will be launched in the UAE in this month.

Business and marketing director at Arjowiggins Creative Papers, Jonathan Mitchell said," The rejuvenation of Conqueror responds to the evolving needs of our customers

Oce recognised in the CDI, Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has listed digital press manufacturer Oce in its Carbon Disclosure Leadership (CDL) index for the second year running.

Oce was listed in the top 10% of Dutch companies in the CDI, which is a key component of the Netherlands 50 Report of the 50 largest companies on Euronext Amsterdam that have shown the most professional approach in their climate change disclosure practices.

The list is used by institutional investors to assess companies' environmental

Torraspapel aims to 'dispel paper myths'

Torraspapel has launched The Paper Effect campaign to help promote sustainability and reveal what it described as the truth about paper.

The campaign encourages people to participate in reforestation projects, and its site,, answers frequently asked questions on what is happening to forests in Europe.

It also details the paper industry's renewable energy efforts and provides information on the life cycle of paper, detailing its journey from a renewable raw material to a