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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
26 FLEXO april 2010 www.flexography.org United Engravers Wins 2010 FPPA Sustainability Award United Engravers received the 2010 Sustainability Achievement Award from the Flexographic Prepress Plate- makers Association (FPPA) at its annual convention this February in Fort Myers, FL. The award recognizes the application of environmental sustainability efforts, which contribute to the advancement of the prepress, platemaking industry. United Engravers pur- chased 25 percent wind energy in Fall of 2009. Green- e energy uses renewable sources that produce little to no greenhouse gas emissions. The current average mix of energy sources supplying the U.S . includes only 2 percent of renewable energy. In an effort to utilize sustainable materials, United Engravers also incorporated green practices in its re- cent renovation. While adding offices to the previously vacant second level, United picked out cabinets certified through the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s (KCMA) Envi- ronmental Stewardship Program (ESP). Recycled material was used in the upstairs renovation. The ceiling tiles were processed with 50 percent recycled materi- al, and half of the carpet base uses recycled material. United also purchased motion sensor faucets and air-assist toilets, in an effort to reduce water consumption. Another form of reducing emissions that United incorporat- ed was promoting the use of liquid photopolymer and I-plate production. United Engravers purchased a 52in. by 110in. liquid photopolymer machine in the Spring of 2009 to account for these changes. Photopolymer forms only in the imaged areas of I-plates, which are washed out with soap and water instead of solvent. For more information, see Sustainable FLEXO’s Fall 2009 issue. FINAT Technical Seminar Addresses Sustainability Taking as its central theme “Self-adhesive Labels Adding Value,” the biennial FINAT technical seminar drew nearly 200 participants to Barcelona, Spain, March 11-12, to debate current technology-based opportunities and issues in the industry, around the globe. FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry, created a full and broad-ranging program that embraced the entire value chain, focused on raw materials, new processes, and—perhaps most importantly today—the way in which industry participants can bring together added value and sustainability for their end-user customers. Guest speaker, label industry guru Mike Fairley, delivered the call to action that was the central thread of the seminar. He identified the need for the self-adhesive label industry to actively position itself as a core part of the broader packaging industry, and become, as it deserves to be, an influencer in packaging industry sustainability, environmental manage- ment, and best practice initiatives. In his opening address, FINAT President Andrea Vimercati highlighted the parallel driver for future success for self-adhe- sive labeling: to support customers with a continuing stream of innovative solutions that draw on the many technical capa- bilities of the self-adhesive label industry supply chain. The seminar went on to examine real advances in adhe- sives and inks, with papers presented on recycling-friendly, dispersion-based, and UV hot melt adhesive developments and on solutions to current product food contamination concerns surrounding the migration of printing inks through packaging, set-off, etc. Sustainability is at the center of label buyers’ agen- das today, and the label industry is equally keen to streamline its busi- ness and manufacturing processes to deliver sustainable solutions to its customers that can at the same time contribute to cost reductions and im- proved profitability. The development of guidelines for good environmental health and safety practices are the focus of a trailblazing project currently underway in the Ger- man labeling association, VskE, which, as delegates learned, is moving forward quickly. Closing the event, FINAT technical committee chairman Håkan Saxén invited seminar participants to FINAT’s 2010 Congress in Valencia, Spain in June, and to the next technical seminar, to be held in March 2012. Harper Kicks of Flexographic Solutions Roadshow The first of this year’s six Harper Flexographic Solutions seminars took place April 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in North Little Rock, AR. The seminars were organized by Harper GraphicSolutions, the technical service division of global anilox supplier Harper Corporation of America. At the free seminars, Harper GraphicSolutions team members, assisted by co-suppliers and other industry ex- perts, reviewed new technologies and covered a variety of troubleshooting steps for prepress and print room challenges. Other topics included optimizing flexo production, rotary die selection and operation, paper and film ink handling, plate mounting and substrate issues. The day-long sessions are popular with print managers and supervisors, operators, prepress managers, graphic de- signers, ink, plate and prepress suppliers as well as general managers and purchasing staffers. The tour after North Little Rock includes: • Thursday, April 22: Atlanta Airport Marriott, Atlanta, G A • Wednesday, June 9: Los Angeles, CA (venue TBD) Vimercati PRESSINg ISSUES INdustry INdicators FLXApril10_mech.indd 26 4/11/10 9:39 PM
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