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Success and Sustainability

(March 2012) posted on Wed Mar 14, 2012

Five print providers who have plotted out a green course.

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By Paula Yoho

“On that side of the industry, we’ve seen that the equipment has changed substantially in terms of being more sustainable,” Krohn says, noting the company recently installed a Durst Rho 800 Presto press. “It’s a perfecting press, so we can print both sides at the same time, and it also runs UV ink. Because of the setup system, the technology of this press creates five- to 10-percent less waste, and it runs faster too, so we have less time on press, which helps cut costs for the client. The UV inks have almost no VOCs, so that’s a benefit for our production team and for the client when they install a product that doesn’t smell like the old inks.”

Other equipment on their wide-format roster: a 63-inch Agfa Anapurna M with UV-curable inks and a Mutoh Toucan LT eco-solvent machine, as well as a Gerber M Flatbed Cutter and a GBC 2064 WF 64-inch laminator.

Krohn admits “going green” can be an intimidating proposition for smaller print providers, particularly in today’s economy, when it’s more difficult than ever to justify large capital investments in the latest eco-friendly printers and substrates.

“It’s like a million little steps: There might be a few big steps working toward being more sustainable – but really it is just a multitude of little steps all over the place tweaking how you work,” she says. “Of course, it takes a financial commitment, but as other companies do it, too, the costs will come down for everyone.”

Powered by the sun: BarkerBlue
BarkerBlue ( doesn’t just say it’s “green” – the company shouts its sustainability credentials from the rooftops. Its 17,000-square-foot facility in San Mateo, California– once a roller-skating rink – features more than 650 rooftop solar panels that provide nearly 80 percent of the company’s power needs over the course of a year.