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FLEXO Magazine : November 2013
Photopolymer Plates • Equipment 5210 Phillip Lee Drive, Atlanta, Ga 30336, USA Telephone: +1.404.696.4565 www.macdermid.com/printing ©2013 MacDermid, Inc. All Rights Reserved of things the SH PE of things The unique shoulder profile of MacDermid’s LUX® flat-top dots yields superior print results. That’s why LUX has been installed at more than 170 sites worldwide. Consistent Print Quality The unique LUX dot shape reduces the effect of impression on dot gain, resulting in longer runs, more reliable color, and fewer stops for press adjustment. Easily Integrates into Current Platemaking Workflow This simple process is a complement to existing flexo technologies, can be used with all flexo lasers, and does not require modification to current equipment. An Experienced Partner LUX Platemaking and the expertise to make the most of it comes only from MacDermid — Start your journey with us. BETTER RESULTS from a BETTER Flat -Top Dot The unique shoulder profile of MacDermid’s LUX® The unique shoulder profile ® The unique shoulder profile flat-top dots yields superior print results. That’s why LUX has been installed at more than 170 sites worldwide. The unique shoulder profile of MacDermid’s LUX® flat-top dots yields superior print results. That’s why LUX has been installed at more than 170 sites worldwide. SGP and how printing relates to a sustain- able supply chain. Statistics were on hand to demonstrate that SGP-certified printers continue on the sustainability pathway and see a significant return on investment through SGP’s best management practices and continuous improve- ment requirements. The quality and diversity of the traffic at the SGP booth was exceptional throughout the event: • Lego was interested to learn that Hasbro’s in-plant print- ing facility is already SGP certified • Small box stores, such as Dollar General, were inter- ested in knowing that bigger box stores like Costco were asking about SGP • Pharmaceutical retailers, like CVS and Walgreens, stopped by • Also coming by to talk were representatives from Best Buy, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Office Depot, Walmart, Pep Boys and Publix Supermarkets A highlight of the event was SGP celebrating its fifth an- niversary on the exhibit floor. An anniversary cake, complete with candles, was shared with attendees and exhibitors alike. SGP, along with SGP-certified printers, patrons and board members, has been celebrating this milestone since August. Other celebrations were held at Print 13 and the SGIA Expo. To become more sustainable it is extremely important to work with your entire supply chain. Each link has to com- municate and educate. This is something that came out in a number of sessions at the conference. Retailers and brands were able to get first-hand knowledge about what the printing industry has to offer. To be sure this essential link in the supply chain is not forgotten, SGP has already chosen to exhibit next year at the 2014 Retail Sustainability Conference. SGP thanks the companies that contributed to the creation of the sustainable SGP booth. They include: • The partially bio-based, non-PVC and phthalate-free Envi- sion Wrap film donated by SGP patron 3M • Tables and backdrop made of Falconboard • A recyclable and 100 percent certified SFI substrate donated by SGP patron Hexacomb • Backdrop graphics generously printed by Pictura Graph- ics, the first SGP-certified facility • Table graphics printed by SGP certified-facility Modern- istic RILA’s 2014 sustainability event will be held Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. n To learn more about the SGP program, its benefits, the certified facilities and supporters, go to www.sgppartnership. org or contact Doreen Monteleone at dmonteleone@flexog- raphy.org riLA: TooLS & TrendS LinK SuSTAinAbiLiTY And ComPeTenCY Retailers recognize that man- aging the complete lifecycle of the products they sell is a valuable competency to leverage as their sustainability efforts progress. Doing so helps them identify op- portunities to cut costs and innovate products as well as potential business and supply risks. Findings like these are contained in the Retail Industry Leaders Associa- tion’s 2013 Retail Sustainability Report. Not surprisingly, transportation and logistics top the list of current activities that retailers have long focused on when intervening in their product supply chains to achieve business and environmental benefits. RILA reports: • Four out of five retailers intend to engage in nearly all aspects of product supply chain sustainability within the next five years • 48 percent of retailers report that they are currently designing products with the environment in mind; that figure is expected to increase to more than 80 percent in two years • Measuring lifecycle product impacts is expected to grow three-fold from 23 percent today to 77 percent in five years mAnAging ProduCT LiFeCYCLe Retailers are at different stages on the road to man- aging the full lifecycle impacts of the products they sell, according to RILA research. This applies to a pack- age’s design, sourcing, manufacture, transportation, sale and disposal. Design is the first stage in any product’s life. Con- siderations like product size, ingredients or materials, function, energy usage specifications, packaging, recyclability, etc., influence the future impacts associ- ated with the manufacture, transport, use and disposal of that product. Therefore, designing products with an eye to envi- ronmental efficiency—and cost savings and product innovation—is crucial, RILA maintained. To do so first re- quires alignment within the company, including involve- ment from the merchandising, sourcing and product design teams, and then partnerships with suppliers. Lifecycle analysis (LCA) is a key tool for assessing the lifecycle impacts of products. LCAs account for the raw materials, manufacturing processes, transportation and typical use and disposal of products to calculate the impact of products across the full supply chain. Using LCAs uncovers supply chain inefficiencies, innovative design and manufacturing techniques, and potential supply risks. 26 FLeXO NOVEMbEr 2013 www.flexography.org