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FLEXO Magazine : Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008
graphic, flexographic, and non-impact printing inks. The associa- tion was formed in 1917 and represents more than 70 percent of u.s. manufactured printing inks. Membership also includes companies who are suppliers to the ink industry. The association recognizes the growing interest in green and sustainable printing and the importance of developing and maintaining strong relationships with the printing commu- nity. NAPIM joins as a Partner Association and, as such, will be in a position to represent the ink community as SGP programs are developed. EMA is the world's largest association devoted exclusively to the growth and prosperity of the envelope manufacturing and paper-based communications industry. For 75 years, EMA has provided its members with powerful advantages to enable these world-leading companies to thrive and prosper in a dynamic global business environment. The EMA and its members provide an essential component to printing and will be joining the SGP Partnership as a Supporting Association. Energy and Sustainability Addressed at UV/EB Conference The RadTech 2008 Conference in Chicago, IL, May 4-7, high- lighted the energy and environmental benefits of utilizing "elec- tron beam" (EB) and "ultraviolet energy" (UV) industrial technolo- gies. "uv and EB are fast emerging manufacturing methods that offer companies well established, cutting edge tools to save en- ergy and drastically reduce environmental footprints," says Petra L'Abbe, ofPPG and President of RadTech. "The terrific turnout for our event, despite growing economic concerns, is recognition of the fact that UV and EB are not only potential key technologies in company sustainability efforts, but can also help manufacturers make better products and increase their competitiveness." UV and EB curing has just been recognized by the FDA for use in Direct Food Contact. This groundbreaking new applica- tion was featured at the event, along with sessions on Sustainable Packaging. Event technical sessions included: Green Chemistry, Renewable Resources, N anomaterials, Electronics Chemistry, Graphic Arts, and High Performance Coatings. www.flexomag.com Rainforest Alliance Certifies student-Run Printing r Publishing Company California Polytechnic State University's (Cal Poly) student- operated and managed printing and publishing company, University Graphic Systems, was recently awarded Forest Stewardship Council Certification. Cal Poly is one of only two university printing facilities to ever receive this distinction. The certification is given by the SmartWood program of the Rainforest Alliance. The FSC is the internationally recognized standard-setting organization that accredits and monitors for- estry certifiers worldwide. Founded in 1968, University Graphic Systems (UGS) is the only company of its kind run entirely by students. Ken Macro serves as faculty advisor to UGS, which offers Cal Poly graphic communica- tion students the opportunity to learn all facets of printing and publishing, from marketing and sales to estimating, costing, bud- geting, production, distribution and quality control. UGS produces Cal Poly's student newspaper, the Mustang Daily. UGS has a general manager and 13 managers overseeing pre- press, press, postpress, "lean" manufacturing and sustainability. Some 50 to 70 students work in marketing, selling and produc- tion. Students make all the decisions regarding marketing, sales, management and production, budgeting and financial. They are also expected to make a profit. "UGS epitomizes Cal Poly's 'learn by doing' philosophy," said Harvey Levenson, Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department head. "UGS exposes students to real-world business situations. After graduation, our students enter industry 'light years' ahead of their counterparts because of their UGS experience." When the issue of sustainability in the graphic arts industry arose several years ago, UGS began to look at their "carbon foot- print" and appointed a sustain ability manager. Once the UGS sustainability program was in place, the students applied for an FSC review. The program was awarded the Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody certification. "Receiving FSC certification not only shows our commitment to keeping current with industry trends, but it also shows our concern for the environment," said UGS Sustainability Manager Leah Lapotre. "The preparedness and seriousness with which the students undertook the FSC certification process was nothing less than impressive," said SmartWood consultant Vic Barkin. "If this group of dedicated individuals is representative of the future of the printing industry as it pertains to sustainable printing practices and implementation, then it will be a bright future indeed." SPRING Sustainable FLEXO - 2008
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