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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
36 FLEXO april 2010 www.flexography.org nology. This is a technology that has a long heritage within the corrugated industry, and the increased concern for sustain- able practices suggests that it deserves a prominent place for some time to come. In fact, with the documented advantages it offers, it also deserves a second look for those who have not considered it recently. Thermal plate processing also appears to offer a lower en- vironmental impact compared to solvent processing in many scenarios. Although solvent recycling has become a very efficient industrial process over the years, the use of solvent inevitably expands the environmental impact of platemak- ing, simply by its presence. For this and other reasons, the industry has demanded the thermal platemaking option, and companies have invested heavily in order to provide a com- petitive platemaking option for those who desire it. Lastly, although solvent platemaking had the greatest en- vironmental impact in most scenarios, it too is an option that has many positive attributes and which still deserves serious consideration from all those in the flexographic industry. With unrivaled quality, years of success, and an ever-expanding range of solvent options, this is a technology that still has much to offer the platemaker, and manufacturers will con- tinue to support and further solvent processing technology for many years to come. n EndnotEs 1 http://eerc.ra.utk.edu/ccpct/index.html 2 http://www.ecoform.com/ 3 US EPA, “Life Cycle Assessment: Principles And Practice”, Doc# EPA/600/R-06/060, May 2006. The methodology was documented under EPA contract no. 68-C02-067 by Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC). 4 Office of Transportation and Air Quality. 2000. “Emission Facts: Aver- age Annual Emissions and Fuel Consumption for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks”, United States Environmental Protection Agency. Ac- cessed 23 Dec 2009; http://www.epa.gov/OMS/consumer/f00013.htm. 5 Davis, S. , Diegel, S., annd R. Boundy. 2009 . “ Transportation Energy Data Book. Ed. 28 .” Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Doc. No. ORNL-6984. http://cta.ornl.gov/data/Index.shtml. 6 U.S. Energy Information Administration. 2009. Residential Energy Consumption Survey. Table US1. Total Energy Consumption, Ex- penditures, and Intensities, 2005. Revised January 2009.http://www. eia.doe.gov/emeu/recs/recs2005/c&e/detailed_tables2005c&e.html. 7 United States Environmental Protection Agency. 2009. “Laundry ”, Accessed 23 Dec 2009.; http://www1.eere. energy.gov/consumer/tips/laundry.html. About the Author: Heather P. Barrett has worked at Mac- Dermid Printing Solutions as marketing communications manager since 2005. In 2008, She was given responsibility for MacDermid’s sustainability initiatives, a task that was well-suited to her passion for being green. Barrett possesses a BA in Communication from Berry College and an MBA from Georgia State University. She resides in Atlanta, GA . When not working, she enjoys playing tennis and annoying her husband about recycling his beer bottles. Global labEl associations UnitE on EnvironmEnt and sUstainability Following the recently announced intensified collaboration, the leaders of the world’s label industry associations held their second summit at the FINAT technical seminar in Barcelona, Spain this past March. Participating groups include LATMA (Australia), ABIEA (Brazil), PEIAC (China), FINAT (Europe), LMAI (India), JFLP (Japan), SALMA (New Zealand) and TLMI (USA). As a result of this meeting, the organizations have united in endorsing the industry ’s commitment to a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future. They also wish to support the ongoing industry measures to further reduce the envi- ronmental impact of labels, encourage more sustainable label materials and production processes. In addition, they seek to help meet changing industry and customer recycling targets, and to work toward the continued reduction of label waste. Among the many measures that global label industry associations, suppliers and converters are already targeting are: • Promoting and encouraging the use of environmental management and audit systems (ISO 14001, EMAS, LIFE) in the label industry. • Enhancing measures to inform, educate and support label producers in meeting current and future label environ- mental and sustainability targets. • Supporting the use of materials and schemes that encourage sustainable and renewable resources, such as FSC, PEFC or SFI. • Continuing industry development of solutions to maximize cost-effective recovery and recycling of self-adhesive label stock waste. • Highlighting the development and use of thinner, lighter label materials. • Working toward further reduction in the amount of landfill waste and higher recovery and recycling rates. • Having a more prominent industry voice and input into global government, brand owner, packaging and related or- ganizations that are currently impacting on environment and sustainability issues relating to labels and label usage. “ The label industry plays a major global role in the labelling of products as diverse as drugs, cosmetics and toiletries, food, beverages, all kinds of industrial and electronic goods, and in shipping and distribution,” said Andrea Vimercati, president of FINAT, the European label association. “It is therefore essential for members of the world’s label associations and the industry to play a prominent position in developing and implementing the best environmental and sustainability practices for their customers and for the consumer.” The members of the eight associations currently endorsing these measures speak for label production and usage in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Japan, New Zealand and North America. They are believed to represent some 70 percent of the annual global production of self-adhesive labels. Flexographic Packaging Small Shop, World Class Quality GERMAN DESIGN, AMERICAN ATTITUDE WINDMOELLER & hOELSCHER corporation 23 NEW ENGLAND WAY | LINCOLN, RHODE ISLAND 02865-4252 | Phone: 800-854-8702 | www.whcorp.com PRIMAFLEXCM When Flexographic Packaging, a small shop based in Waupun, WI, decided to focus on smaller accounts with shorter print runs, they needed a press to make their vision a reality and invested in a PRIMAFLEX® CM 8-color from W&H. “The PRIMAFLEX® CM has let us provide superior print quality to our customers, while at the same time making our work easier. The PRIMAFLEX® is intuitive to operate and EASY-SET and EASY-REG allow for quick changeovers and minimizing waste,” says David Puente, President of Flexographic Packaging. Flexographic Packaging is a minority-owned business recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and has been AIB certified since 2007. At W&H, we are proud to be partnered with Flexographic Packaging. David Puente, President & CEO of Flexographic Packaging FLXApril10_mech.indd 36 4/10/10 1:22 AM
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