KWB purchases 80,000 books

Sharjah-based “Knowledge without Borders” (KWB) has purchased 80,000 books from publishers participating in the 34th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2015) to support the book and publishing industry and promote the culture of reading.

The list of purchased books include 14,000 copies of books written by HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi,  ruler of Sharjah.

The books will be distributed to Emirati families in Sharjah as part of the home library project, which

Canon ME awarded for eviron initiative in Ta’atheer Awards

Canon Middle East was awarded the first place in Ta’atheer Awards 2016 Best Environmental Sustain-ability Programme/Initiative Category, an award that measures the social impact of organisations’ CSR efforts.

The organisation won the award for its UAE School Environmental Sustain-ability Competition, a programme aimed at engaging children in UAE schools to raise awareness about the environmental challenges facing the youth here, and to provide them an opportunity to be part of the

Hubergroup launches enhanced inks for conventional, UV offset

Hubergroup has decided to update many of its products for the UV offset segment.  The new technologies in particular, such as UV printing using LED lamps or iron-doped lamps require inks and lacquers with trouble-free characteristics – products that fulfil the specific requirements of these curing systems even better than their predecessors.

“These new curing technologies make is possible to customise press technology more specifically to customers’ requirements”, Carsten Zölzer, Product

Two Sides Myths and Facts booklet out

Paper pressure group Two Sides has released the ninth version of its Myths and Facts booklet, highlighting the many myths propagated in the paper and print industries. The 24pp A5 booklet has a redesigned front cover, drawn by illustrator Holly Sims. It contains a complete revision of many of the original facts and figures, slimmed down so none are printed twice.

Myths debunked in the book include “European forests are shrinking”, “Paper is bad for the environment” and “Electronic

Avery launches new wrapping

Avery Dennison is enhancing its range of car wrapping films with the introduction of MPI 1105 Wrapping Series cast film.

Users of the product say that the product is suitable for a wide range of digital inkjet printing platforms, including latex, UV curable, solvent and eco-solvent inks and the material is suitable  for interior and exterior signage.  

According to the manufacturers, ‘the easy apply RS technology, with its inherent air-egress capability, means that installers will continue to

Magna launches new range of water-based inks

A supplier of water-based textile inks claims to be “addressing long-held, industry-wide frustrations” with the launch of a new range that it describes as environmentally friendly.

MagnaColour said its four new inks had been developed to address problems met by textile printers, manufacturers or brands.

These include finding slow-drying water-based inks to suit high-detail printing and printing light colours on dark materials with a formaldehyde-free water-based ink.

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PSSMA to promote recycling of food paper shipping sacks

The Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association (PSSMA) has announced the launch of a new communications campaign to promote recovery of paper shipping sacks that are used to transport food products for recycling, Paper Age reported.

The campaign was officially launch in April, 2016, when a new website went live at The website includes new information areas addressing the sustainability and recycling of multiwall paper shipping sacks, and is being redesigned for ease of use

Sun Chemical releases sustainability report

Sun Chemical has released its 2015 Sustainability Report.  The report describes six case studies to show how Sun Chemical’s scorecard approach is used to evaluate its suppliers’ environmental performance, helping to ensure that suppliers remain vigilant in developing new technology that reduces the overall environmental footprint of their products.

“We’re going beyond providing meaningful data that will help meet customer goals,” said Gary Andrze-jewski, Sun Chemical’s corporate vice

Kodak claims rise in sale

Kodak has announced that there was a 50% rise in volume of sale of its Sonora process free plates in 2015, powered, in part, by sales in all 50 of the United States. Kodak anticipates further consistent growth worldwide following the announcement of new SONORA Plates suitable for UV printing at drupa 2016.

“We continue to invest in R&D to provide new, innovative plate solutions for our worldwide customer base that deliver on our commitment to sustainability, productivity and image

PEFC clears up accreditation confusion with new document publication

A new publication aims to clear up confusion around the differences and similarities between two of the world’s most well-known sustainable forest-management accreditations.

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has looked at its sustainable forest management certification system and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) programme.

Its brochure, Promoting Sustainable Forest Management around the World: PEFC & FSC, explains the origins of both certifications.


Neschen unveils new PVC-free eco wallpaper range, Green Wall

Substrate specialist Neschen has launched a new PVC-free wallpaper range called Green Wall.

The PVC-free substrate is available in widths up to 1.6m, and in three textured and two smooth surfaces at a standard thickness of 300 microns, with parts of the ‘texture’ running to 500 microns thick.

The German manufacturer said that the product had the wash and brush resistance of vinyl wallpapers at a similar price point.

New business development manager Dirk Peereboom said: “People prefer

Roland DG reveals its vision for future

Roland DG  has launched two eco-solvent printer-cutters featuring new printheads at Fespa Digital, the TrueVis VG640 and TrueVis VG540, which are 50% faster than the VersaCamms they replace.  

Gillian Montanaro, head of marketing EMEA, said: “‘Vis’ means power in Latin and this is a truly powerful machine. This is our vision for the future.”

She said the TrueVis VG640 and VG540 featured new printhead technology, new TrueVis ink, a new cutter unit, a new LED lighting unit to illuminate the

Sun receives accreditation

Sun Chemical has obtained both the Greenguard and the higher Greenguard Gold Certification for its Streamline range of eco-solvent HPQ LO alternative inkjet inks for the wide format sector. Products from the Streamline range that have secured Greenguard Gold Certification include: Streamline ESL 2 inkjet inks for the Roland Pro 4 generation of eco-solvent printers; Streamline ESL HPQ LO inkjet inks for the Roland Pro 2 and Pro 3 generation of eco-solvent printers; and Streamline SGX inkjet inks

Launch of ink alternative to Roland Eco Sol Max II

Atlantic Tech Services (ATS) has launched inks for use in a host of Roland printers.

The ColourSure 2 solvent inks are targeted at users of all Roland Pro 4, XF-640, XR-640, RF-640 and VersaCAMM VSi series printers.

The new product is a direct alternative to Roland Eco Sol Max II products and was formulated to be colour compatible with them.

Like other ColourSure inks this ColourSure 2 inks are available in one-litre bottles for use with Atlantic’ approved bulk ink-feed systems and also in

Lexmark innovates enterprise recycling

Lexmark South Africa has launched its new Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program (LCCP) App, an intuitive mobile application which leverages Lexmark technology to empower businesses to revolutionise their recycling processes. 

Customers who sign up to the LCCP and agree to return their printer cartridges directly to Lexmark for re-manufacturing or recycling will benefit by being able to purchase Return Program Cartridges, which are sold at a discount on the regular price. Also available are

Ricoh launches new eco-friendly AR latex inks at Fespa 2016

To address the demands of its sign and display graphics customer base, Ricoh has launched its own aqueous resin (AR) latex ink for the Ricoh ProTM L4100 series of large format printers at Fespa Digital, Amsterdam, held between March 8th to 11th.

Graham Moore, business development director, Ricoh Europe said:  “This new eco-friendly ink will expand the range of possible applications that can be produced on Ricoh’s Pro L4100 large format series of latex printers to include window applications

UPM to join a group of world’s top 50 sustainability leaders

UPM has accepted a special invitation to join the United Nations Global Compact LEAD as of 1 January 2016. UPM is the first forest industry company and also the first Finnish company ever to receive such an invitation.

Global Compact LEAD is a leadership platform within the United Nations Global Compact that strongly promotes the integration of sustainability into business strategies. At the moment the 50 most sustainably advanced companies across geographical regions and industry sectors

Two Sides South Africa combats misleading environmental claims

How many companies have received notifications from suppliers, financial institutions, etc. that they are emailing documents to reduce their carbon footprint? Many service providers have made the decision to switch from the printed version of communication to a digital version, on the basis of unsupported environmental claims. 

Two Sides, which represents The Graphic Communications Industry, is concerned that incorrect and damaging impressions are being perpetuated by these initiatives

Kodak gives customer environment award

Kodak awarded its own customer, The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as the winner of the 2015 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award for the Middle East and Africa region.  The award recognizes organizations that are  committed to integrating green practices into their operations to achieve    reductions in their environmental impact.

The UNECA, which was founded in 1958 as one of the UN’s five regional commissions, has a mandate  to      promote the economic and social

Evian’s design wins award

Evian display using Fusion topliner of Sappi has won German Packaging Award 2015 in the category of Display and Promotional Packaging. The easy-to-assemble flap display for Evian-Volvic Suisse SA was conceived as a means of replacing metal with corrugated cardboard.

   The company chose Fusion of Sappi for the topliner because of its  material properties and processing characteristics. The Flap display solution was developed at the Model Innovation and Competence Center (ICC) and accommodates

Papermakers to support Paris Climate Change Conference

Two papermakers took part in a major public exhibition in December and ran alongside the UN Paris Climate Change conference, also known as COP21.

APP and Arjowiggins are involved in Solutions COP21, a free privately funded public-facing event held at the historic Grand Palais, which featured an exhibition, conferences and round-table discussions, looking at solutions to climate change.

Both companies  showcased their efforts to lower carbon emissions and outline challenges they face as high

70% success rate for Two Sides in tackling global greenwash

Two Sides, the global initiative to promote the sustainability of print and paper, has reported a 70% success rate in persuading global organisations to remove misleading green claims from their communications as part of its worldwide anti-greenwash campaign.

377 of the world’s leading corporations, including banks, utilities, telecoms and insurance companies have been researched and checked by Two Sides, exposing 240 of those companies to be using misleading greenwash statements in their

Veika to launch new Decojet textures Fespa

Lithuanian manufacturer Veika is set to unveil additions to its Decojet product range next year.

The firm will debut new textures from its Decojet Eco PVC-free digital wallcovering media range at Fespa Digital 2016 in Amsterdam in March.

Nine textures in the range have been commercially available in the UK since September, while three new textures – Decoleather, Decosand and Decodrift – will be launched at the show, and then shown at Drupa in May.

Veika, which has 200 staff and a turnover

Roland DG introduces wave of new Eco inks

Roland DG has launched EUV4 Eco-UV ink, developed specifically for use with its VersaUV UV-LED inkjet printers, and Eco-Sol Max 3, a new generation ink for use with its eco-solvent printer-cutter range.

The EUV4 Eco-UV ink, which is available from the end of October, is cured by exposure to UV light.

The manufacturer said this enables VersaUV users to print “brilliant” colour on a wide variety of materials including paper, film and leather and rigid materials such as polyester, ABS and

Heidelberg shows LED UV option, says it’s the most energy efficient’

Heidelberg has described its newly launched LED option as the “most energy-efficient LED UV system on the market”.

The firm showed an LED UV press for the first time in the UK.  The LED drying system has been available for two years in other territories, and Heidelberg has more than 20 presses installed in Japan, where there is an energy-saving imperative for businesses. It also has LED presses installed in Switzerland and Germany.

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Saudi Xerox takes up CSR activities in KSA

Saudi Xerox, a joint venture between Olayan and Xerox Corp, recently implemented a community program that took part in three different regions of Saudi Arabia.

In Riyadh, the Saudi Xerox team partnered with a local orphanage and organized a fun filled day of games, activities, food and gifts for the children.

Saudi Xerox also teamed up with a charitable body Irteqa Charity Committee that donates used computers to those less fortunate and organized a sustainability driven initiative in the

Heidelberg introduces the LED UV solutions in the Middle East

Heidelberg introduced the DryStar LED system in the Middle East during a customer seminar that was held at Le Meridien Dubai Airport on October 12th, 2015. The event was attended by a number of customers who showed their interest in the leading UV technology. The seminar was organized by Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG and by Heidelberg Middle East with the participation of Dr. Ali Makari from the Market Center and conducted by Martin Zibold, LED UV specialist from the Sheetfed Product

FSC celebrates 20th anniversary, promotes sustainability

The Forest Stewardship Council is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month and has commended the print industry for its support.

A spokeswoman heaped praise on print for embracing the certification but warned more was needed to increase its uptake.

After two decades, more than 180m ha of forests are FSC-certified, including more than half of the forest area in the UK.

Around 300m cubic meters of FSC-certified wood are harvested every year, 17% of the global industrial roundwood market

Stora Enso divests two of its European mills

Stora Enso has announced the sale of its Barcelona mill to the private equity fund Quantum for a total cash consideration of EUR 10 million. The mill which produces the recycled fibre-based consumer board.

According to a report in PaperAge, this divestment is in line with Stora Enso’s strategy to focus its consumer board offering on high quality virgin-fibre products.

The sale of the Barcelone mill will decrease Stora Enso’s annual board production capacity by approximately 195,000 tonnes

Agfa introduces its new violet chemistry-free plate, N95-VCF

Agfa Graphics will launch its new N95-VCF chemistry-free violet offset plate this month.  The manufacturer will debut the plate, which is already being used by selected customers, at the World Publishing Expo 2015 in Hamburg, Germany from 5-7 October. It will be commercially available from early 2016.

Agfa first launched its chemistry-free plates for the newspaper industry in 2007. It followed this with the introduction of the N94-VCF chemistry-free violet offset plate in 2011 and more than