21 Aug 2018

Océ announces DPDA and INGEDE sign up for inkjet de-inkability

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Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, today announced that executives from the DPDA (Digital Print Deinking Alliance) and INGEDE (Internationale Forschungsgemeinschaft Deinking-Technik) together signed a Letter of Intent for collaboration to investigate the de-inking of inkjet prints. Océ Printing Systems is a member of DPDA.

Inkjet print volumes become more significant

The primary objective of this collaboration is to identify new solutions suitable for combined recovered paper streams with analogue and digital prints. The target is to enable inkjet manufacturers as well as de-inking mills to better anticipate their commercial and environmental requirements as inkjet print volumes become more significant.

"Inkjet is likely to be a relevant process in digital production printing in the future," said Ulrich Hoeke, INGEDE Board Chairman, "and it is essential to maintain recovered graphic paper as a raw material for recycled-content graphic papers by ensuring good de-inkability of inkjet prints."

Technical Committee will direct research projects

This DPDA-INGEDE Letter of Intent for collaboration on inkjet de-inkability provides a structure for regular, detailed exchange of relevant data and jointly-sponsored research projects under the direction of a Technical Committee with representatives from both organisations.

Both DPDA and INGEDE recognise that feasible solutions may involve optimisation of ink, pre- and post-treatment, paper characteristics and the de-inking process. This DPDA-INGEDE Technical Committee has already had its first meeting, and plans to conduct at least one jointly-managed research project this year.

Range of de-inkability performance

The paper industry already experiences considerable problems in recycling prints with water-based flexo inks. In order to avoid similar problems with water-based inkjet inks, paper industry and printer manufacturers will intensify their cooperation.

Speaking on behalf of the DPDA, Crit Driessen, Vice President Marketing and Strategy Production Printing, Océ Printing Systems GmbH, said that "the DPDA recognises that although there have been no single inkjet de-inking issues reported in recycling mills, lab-scale assessments show a range of de-inkability performance, and therefore it is important to identify the attributes and thresholds for successful de-inking so the overall solution can be optimised. This Letter of Intent for collaboration on inkjet print de-inkability is an important step forward for the paper and printing industry to help ensure that the benefits of inkjet printing are realised by all participants in the value chain."

Océ will be demonstrating their products and services on Stand D70 in Hall A1 at FESPA Digital

SEPIAX Ink compatible with United Nations GHS Standard for Environmental Responsibility

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Graphics One, LLC (GO) has announced that SEPIAX has succeeded in leveraging its position in eco-resin inks and welcomes yet another standard to the market—the newest green ink solution. December 1, 2010 saw the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) of the United Nations come into effect. The GHS is a system for standardising the classification and labeling of chemical substances with the end purpose of protecting human life and the environment against toxic materials. The tangible outcome of the GHS is Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), the proper labeling of harmful substances contained in any chemical product. With a focus on promoting truly green products, SEPIAX is proud to announce its alignment with the GHS as the first ink company to demonstrate adherence to this standard, and all those looking to promote quality products that do not detract from the beauty and health of our world.

SEPIAX ink began its life as one of the most environmentally-friendly inks in the market and continues to surpass environmental expectations. SEPIAX leads the way setting an example against the practice of "greenwashing," or "disinformation disseminated by an organisation so as to present an environmentally responsible public image," all too common in the ink industry. Because of SEPIAX's eco-friendly composition, MSDS sheets are not required for SEPIAX. SEPIAX exceeds all international environmental regulations.

"We are very happy to not only fulfill the requirements set by the GHS, but maintain them through our core belief of providing exceptional green products," said Karl Ebner, Marketing and Sales Director of SEPIAX.

The new and improved SEPIAX aqueous ink solution offers a faster drying time, improved dot gain, stronger primary colors and an overall wider color gamut. The upgrade is compatible with current SEPIAX ink and can be used with already functioning machines. The SEPIAX ink upgrade is available immediately from Graphics One.


Green Graphics leads the eco-friendly print evolution by example


In the long term, how sustainable is a business or industry based on eco-unfriendly products?

New Clarity Software user Green Graphics has certainly formulated its own opinion. It’s built an innovative company on eco products that sets an enviable benchmark for its sign and digital print competitors.

DEFRA Spells It Out

According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the UK’s total carbon emissions for all consumed and imported products have increased by a massive 19% since 1990. DEFRA is urging businesses to reduce their impact on the environment by becoming eco-conscious in their design, materials use, packaging, delivery, marketing, disposal and reuse strategies.

Green Graphics Took Action

The Green Graphics’ business concept was a simple one: wherever possible use recycled, recyclable and reusable product materials to produce stunning large format print and display solutions. And then actually do it.

Using advanced technologies to create a sandwich of materials with a central eco core veneered by a thin, rudimentary layer, Green Graphics’ displays are as sturdy as any other. They suffer no loss of WOW! factor capability on creative design. They have not compromised their ability to complete jobs, and they are at no competitive disadvantage to deliver projects within the expected timescales demanded in this fast-paced digital print age.

But the environmental benefits are exceptional and the message to their customers is impressive, and in many cases unbeatable.

Are The Rest Of Us Doing Anything Green?

We all know how much effort we should be putting in to going green, but in reality the jury is out on whether we are actually implementing a strategy of significance. In business, it seems the decision to switch to a green model is hugely desirable for many companies, particularly the corporates, but often falls at the penultimate hurdle.

Maybe it’s a concept just too far out of the comfort zone for business leaders and owners who need to know their forecasts are as good as guaranteed at this difficult economic time. But try washing that excuse with Green Graphics, who has embraced the profitable opportunities it presents and spearheaded its marketing strategy with it.

Crawley Council Goes Eco

Crawley Council is just one of many customers who has commissioned Green Graphics to produce eco-friendly signs and displays. Used to educate the public on how to reduce their carbon footprint, the poster-sized graphics were installed around the local park and exhibited how easy it is to adopt eco strategies within the community.

But It’s Not Just Products That Make A Successful Business

With a product range in place that industry rivals could only wish for, it was essential for Green Graphics to complement its eco USP with excellent customer service.

Finding a software solution to support their growth was at the top of their list to complete their compelling sales proposition, and Clarity Professional was selected as the right MIS system to manage and drive their business processes.

“Clarity Professional was the most complete all-in-one solution we found,” Business Development Manager Ashley Moscrop explains. “It gives us the ability to cost and quote complex jobs in a matter of minutes, and produce precise reports on our completed projects to analyse profit margins and customer service levels.”

“Since installing Clarity, all our internal and external communications have improved and our planning for stock and labour resources is significantly more accurate” Ashley concludes.

Who’s Going Eco Next?

One thing is for sure, Green Graphics has proven that eco-commerce is achievable through commitment, persistence and determination. Is it really that difficult to achieve? Incorporating a green strategy will give you a powerful USP that no-one can argue against, or take away from you.

And don’t forget, your story will look great on anyone’s website, magazine front cover, billboard, networking site…


Sepiax Ink Technology sets a new environmental standard for digital ink – is the writing on the wall for solvent ink?

Sepiax Ink Website

Sepiax has succeeded in leveraging its leadership position in the water based resin inks to provide a new standard in the market.

A new regulation, with worldwide validity, affects the identification and safety statements for inks – making life more difficult for those inks containing harmful substances.

The 1st December 2010 saw the transitional period ended and the Global Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) of the United Nations come into effect authoritatively. This affects the identification of the harmful substances on all packaging and in the classification within material safety data sheets (MSDS).

Sepiax has taken this opportunity to provide an upgrade for the popular Aquares print-to-anything ink. Already initiated as an environmentally-friendly product, this new regulation has provided an incentive to eliminate all traces of harmful co-solvents and to substitute entirely “green” alternatives.

"We were very  happy to cope with this challenge, as our core values focus on the provision of truly “green” products" says Karl Ebner, marketing & sales director, Sepiax.

“We were prepared for the implementation of GHS and we were able to give the sales release date for the new Aquares by autumn of last year. This upgrade is completely compatible to the previous formula and can be filled without more ado into already working units.”

“It is a significant point to note, that this now means that MSDS sheets for our inks are not really necessary, as all ingredients are truly free of requirements for safety marking.”

Aquares ink started life as one of the most environmental-friendly ink in the market and we are proud to lead the way in escaping the, sadly, all-too-common practice of "greenwashing"**in the ink segment."

*The 10th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary defined greenwash as ‘disinformation disseminated by an organisation so as to present an environmentally responsible public image’
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwashing

BioMedia and Epson combine knowledge for greener print


Production print with business-winning environmental credentials is the result of the newly launched partnership between BioMedia and Epson.

In a joint first, the two companies have announced their intention to work closely together to provide printers with a sustainable print solution.

Biodegradable within 5 years and recyclable, BioMedia provides a durable alternative to plastic based and non-recyclable outdoor substrates. When combined with Epson’s environmentally conscious UltraChrome, K3, HDR or even GS inks, the result is a fully environmentally-friendly production process.

The announcement follows 18 months of close co-operation to develop and profile the BioMedia range manufactured and distributed by G3S group.

BioMedia is compatible with the Epson Stylus Pro GS 6000, both coated and uncoated, while a water based coating has been developed for aqueous Stylus Pro printers. The range includes:

  • 200 micron - ideal to replace laminated posters
  • 350 micron - ideal for pop up roller banners and shelf edges
  • 500 micron - ideal for pop up systems
  • 750 micron - idea for flexible signage
  • Bio Banner - replaces pvc banners

Mark Sanderson, sales director for BioMedia says: “We have built up a solid working relationship with Epson and are delighted the rigorously tested range is now available to users worldwide. The varied portfolio ensures there is a substrate for every need, enabling specifiers - confident of consistent results - to pick BioMedia for a broad spectrum of campaign demands.”

Aurora adds to Weaves Of Green product line


Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has announced the addition of Encore FR to its Weaves of Green line of 100 percent recycled polyester fabrics. Made from post-consumer plastic drink bottles, Encore FR is the most substantive fabric in the Weaves Of Green collection. Encore FR is constructed of spun yarns which give it the drape and hand of a natural fiber fabric but with a rugged texture and the durability of polyester. Encore FR is treated to meet the NFPA 701 small scale flammability standard for indoor use but is also durable enough for short term outdoor use. Encore FR is compatible with sublimation transfer and UV cure printing and is currently available in 100 yard rolls, 58 inches wide. Possible applications include but are not limited to office and home décor, custom upholstery, window graphics, retail POP and indoor/outdoor sign and banner. Printed hand samples and sample rolls are available.

"Giving our customers more options when it comes to environmentally friendly products is what we are all about," said Mike Richardson, director of sales/marketing – Print Media.