ContiTech AG launches its new climate neutral printing blankets

ContiTech Elastomer Coatings has introduced a new production process that eliminates up to 70 percent of the climate-damaging CO2 emissions released in the production of printing blankets it was learnt.

The company offsets the residual CO2 emissions by supporting a reforestation project in Panama, for which it will acquire climate protection certificates.

"Our products are found wherever industry is looking for solutions of an eco-friendly quality," said Heinz-Gerhard Wente, chairman of the

'Green Paper' aims to mobilise re-cycling..

Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development (MBRCLD), under the directions of Sheikh Mohammed, prime minister of UAE, has launched the "Green Paper" project which aims to mobilise Dubai's publishing sector to adopt a comprehensive paper recycling programme.

The project will allow value-added benefits to participants, including increased subscription rates for newspaper publishers, expanded media mileage for sponsoring business organisations, more opportunities for

Fujifilm Sericol enters the new superwide market with Uvistar

Fujifilm Sericol has launched its first superwide-format digital printer to capitalise on the anticipated switch from multisheet pasted blueback posters to single-piece polyethylene (PE) skins.

The group has entered the superwide sector because it believes the billboard market is on the "cusp of a major makeover" as poster sites move from traditional paste-up to one-piece skins, which would mean digital, screen and litho poster production shifting to digital superwide single-piece

Konica Minolta provides print kit for UN Climate Change summit

Konica Minolta has provided print equipment worth 2m euro ($2.86m) for delegates to use at the ongoing United Nation’s Climate Change COP15 conference in Copenhagen.

The company has provided more than 30 bizhub colour multifunctional printers (MFPs) and monochrome production printing systems.

These have catered for the printing, copying, scanning and faxing needs of participants at the event.

Olaf Lorenz, Konica general manager, international marketing division, said: “We have

APP defends eco record and criticises FSC terms

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) took questions from across the world this week as PrintWeek’s Australian sister title ProPrint hosted a live webcast entitled ‘Can the Indonesian pulp and paper industry be sustainable?’

ProPrint editor Steve Crowe put Aida Greenbury, director of sustainability and stakeholder engagement for APP Indonesia, in the hotseat where she addressed a variety of questions on the company’s green credentials.

Asked why APP’s relations with the

Sappi signs communiqué on climate change

Paper manufacturer, Sappi has signed an agreement with Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change, aimed at the private sector to involve in a global solution focused on making the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change was launched by the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group, which is convened by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

Ralph Boëttger, chief executive officer, Sappi Limited

Printworks-Mediatech purchases UAE’s ‘first’ HP Designjet L65500

Printworks-Mediatech is the “first” company in UAE to purchase the HP Designjet L65500 printer. This to help it move into new markets and reduce the impact of printing on the environment.

Established in 2007, Printworks-Mediatech is the result of a joint venture between Mediatech, a prepress company based in Dubai, and Printworks, a digital printing company in Lebanon specialising in indoor and outdoor solutions as well as flag and textile printing. The joint venture allows

Express International brings new green products out for customers

Express International has taken the relevant steps to “go greener”.

This according to the company’s CEO, Joseph Seikaly.

According to Seikaly: “We have been researching the go green trend for the past year and felt it was time to offer our clients a choice of ‘Go Green’ products.”

Explaining how the company went about doing so, Seikaly said: “We started at the core by switching to solely FSC certified paper for printing our diaries. The company

New dryer reduces carbon footprint

The environmentally-friendly Goss Ecobox thermal energy recovery system enhancement has become available around the world.

Water circulating though the system is heated by exhaust air from the dryer, with the heated water being available directly or converted to replace the energy required for air conditioning or other systems.

The default temperature of the heated water exiting the system is 203 degrees Fahrenheit but can be adjusted.

Excess or unneeded heat from the dryer can be exhausted

‘Presses must insist on proper certification’

“Printing presses should be strict and ask for proper certification to support the 100% recycled claims that paper companies are making”, chief executive at Papers Worldwide, Ashita Judge has said.

Judge, who is part of initiating Neenah Paper’s latest promotion in the Middle East on 100% recycled paper to “showcase the quality of Neenah recycled design paper to the Middle East printing community” said that some people were “claiming their

Océ sees growth in demand for eco-friendly refurbished printers

Océ has reported a 60% boost in demand for its renovated machines during last year with the Dutch manufacturer selling 5,000 such printers during the 12-month period.

The figure represents a significant leap from the 3,000 machines sold last year, with the company citing the cost advantage afforded by the presses as a reason behind the hike in demand.

Océ revealed the increase after releasing last year’s Sustainability Report, which outlined the company’s ethical

New eco print awards debuted in Germany

Heidelberg has handed out the first of its new Eco Printing prizes at the debut international environmental printing award for the sheetfed offset sector.

The awards, which were first announced at Drupa last year, honour sustainable business practices and innovative standalone solutions with a prize fund of €50,000 ($67,400).

Vancouver-based Hemlock Printers won the most sustainable business category, receiving a cheque for €30,000 ($40,000) for its social commitments and

Environmental trend growing say printers

Some printers in Dubai have rebuked claims that they are not environmentally conscious. This after Emirates Evironmental Group (EEG) chairperson Habiba Al Marashi said that printers were not considering the impact of paper and inks on the environment.

Al Marashi was quoted in last month’s PrintWeek MEA magazine as saying: “Printers use huge amounts of paper, ink and toner cartridges, with most of the waste from these being recyclable.  Addressing its environmental impact

Eco-simulator calculates impact of printing habits on environment

A new eco-simulator has been developed to help businesses better understand the environmental impact of their printing habits.
The eco-simulator automatically calculates the impact of a user on the environment and translates that information into global warming potential and non-reneweable resources depletion.
It is also able to put the results into context by comparing the company’s printing impact with other activities, such as driving a car.
The eco-simulator has been

Bio-based plastic with highest level of flame retardance created 2009-02-01 17

A bio-based plastic believed to achieve the world’s highest level of flame retardance has been developed.
The new bio-based plastic, called Ecodear, includes more than 25% (by weight) of a plant-derived component and will be used in exterior plastic parts for multifunction office systems.
The new plastic was developed by Canon Inc and Toray Industries Inc, this after Canon switched from a petroleum-based material to a biodegradable plastic for the packaging band it used for

Latest report on environment impact of various print plates 2009-02-01 18

A new research report on the environmental impact of printing plates has been released by J Zarwan Partners.
The report focuses on the four main areas where plates can have an environmental impact - chemistry, energy, water and waste, according to online media.
It also highlights the environmental impact of different categories of prints as well as the various resources used by each.
J Zarwan Partners is a media consulting firm based in Canada.
Its president and author of the report