Giffin debuts new Ricoh latex roll to roll LFP at Gulf Print ‘15

Giffin Graphics showcased for the first time the new Ricoh Pro L4100 large format printer during Gulf Print and Pack exhibition   

According to the manufacturer, the Ricoh Pro L4100 series uses environmentally friendly aqueous latex ink, with much lower levels of VOC compared to petroleum-based inks and has no odour and the low curing temperature of 60°C ink enables both quick drying, for a fast job turnaround, and the ability to print on many heat-sensitive substrates without damaging

Canon, WWF, EWS, The National to promote sustainability in schools

Canon Middle East (CME) in partnership with Emirates Wildlife Society – World Wide Fund (EWS-WWF) and The National newspaper
has launched ‘The UAE School Environmental Sustainability Competition’.

The competition aims to engage with the UAE schools community in order to raise awareness about environmental issues among the youth, and to provide them with an opportunity to be part of the solution. Students and teachers will be required to outline actions taken by the school to become more

Gimpex will promote eco-friendly papers

Paper distributors in ME and North America,  Gimpex, (a member of Kuzbari group) will participate in Gulf Print with their eco-friendly and other brands of papers from       suppliers including Sappi, UPM, Storaenso, Soporset, Navigator, Gmund, Eska Graphic Board, Fabriano, Commander, White Gold, Silhl (non tearable paper), Kotka Mills, Moorman, Holmen Group, Delfort Group, Smurfit Kappa,     APP among others at this year’s Gulf Print and Pack exhibition.

Elias El Wadi, general manager of

Two Sides initiative aims to stop ‘go green - go paperless’ claims

Some of the world’s biggest corporate names continue to flout rules to gull consumers with deceptive claims that they should ditch paper for electronic communications, experts warn.

Two Sides, which has launched a new global drive, insists many “go green - go paperless” environmental claims are downright “misleading”.

“New research reveals major global corporations are still flouting regulations put in place to protect consumers from misleading marketing claims,” said the lobby group’s

Ajman based printers ‘satisfied’ with their Kodak products

Ajman based Al Salam Modern Printing Press has shared their experiences after using the Kodak Achieve T800 CTP with Kodak Sonora XP which was purchased from Gulf Commercial Group (GCG) before 6 months. The GCG was established in 1982 and they provide solutions for digital imaging and office services among others. 

Speaking about the features and motive behind the investment, Eid Y. Eid and Sleiman Y. Eid, manager said: “We are pleased to tell you that we are the first one to install these

Sun’s ‘Sustainability Report’ focuses on eco-products

Sun Chemical released its 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report which highlights specific examples of new eco-efficient products and services.

“Our customers want to know that Sun Chemical is doing its part to be a sustainable organisation. Providing meaningful data that will help meet their goals continues to be a key priority and emphasis in our sustainability reports,” said Gary Andrzejewski, Sun Chemical’s corporate vice president of Environmental Affairs. 

“In our newest report, we’re

Flint launches CombiWhite 3 to ‘improve printer safety’

Flint Group Narrow Web launched an upgraded version of CombiWhite - the over-printable opaque white rotary screen ink widely used in beverage, health and beauty, and no-label-look applications. 

“A classification and labelling change led by REACH resulted in Flint Group, as a responsible supplier, deciding we could no longer use N-vinyl caprolactam (NVC, CAS number 2235-00-9), in any of our products,” claims Global product director, Jennifer Joyce. 

She continues: “While EuPia have

J&G Environmental moves into consumables supply market

Print waste management specialist J&G Environmental has launched its own range of specialist pressroom consumables.

The service, which went live in January, will see the business market a range of print consumables under the JAG Products brand.

Founts, Fogra-approved washes, IPA, plate cleaners and blankets will eventually be on offer, while a range of inks are due to be added to the catalogue later.

It will be the first time that the business, best known for pioneering sustainable

Sappi plans move into nano materials that are sustainable

Sappi is planning to build a pilot plant to make a new nano material that has potential applications across a wide range of industries, including print and packaging.

 Sappi described it as turning wood into a “wonder material” with a potential market of 35 million tonnes a year.

Math Jennekens, R&D director at Sappi Europe and the co-ordinator of the project, said the nano-material was “completely sustainable” unlike those based on fossil fuels, which made it attractive for a wide

Konica Minolta’s initiatives for reducing carbon emissions

Konica Minolta has been awarded with a position on the A List of “The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 (CPLI) for “its commitment to reducing carbon emissions”.  

Konica Minolta joined the CDP index along with 187 listed companies identified as demonstrating a superior approach to climate change migration and illustrated that a low carbon future is possible.

Konica Minolta launched a medium-term Environmental Plan for 2016, which is included in the Eco Vision 2050, a set of

Agfa wins Essenscia Innovation award for low migration ink

Agfa has won the Essenscia Innovation Award 2014 for its low-migration UV inkjet inks, which are designed for printing directly onto primary packaging.

The inks, which are compliant with European guidelines for printing on food packaging, can be customised for specific packaging materials and used for printing on labels, blister foils and lids for food and pharmaceutical packaging applications.

Agfa said the award was an example of its successful strategy “to grow further in new business

Sun Chemical boosts Streamline range with new low odour ink

Sun Chemical has announced the launch of a new low odour ink, for its Streamline aftermarket inkjet range.

The inks have been developed for the Roland Soljet Pro 2, Pro 3 and Versacam printers and are also compatible with printers from Mutoh, Agfa and Uniform along with other eco-solvent inkjet printers using Epson DX 4 through to DX 7 piezo inkjet print heads.

James Gould, product manager for Streamline, Sun Chemical commented: “The industry is seeing a boom in entrepreneurial start-up

Arjowiggins campaign funds education for 500 children

Arjowiggins Graphic has hit its target for its latest Cyclus marketing campaign and funded the education of 500 children in Africa.

Each time a free-of-charge Cyclus notepad was ordered, Arjowiggins donated a year’s school fees to a child from SOS Children’s Village in Vontovorona, Madagascar.

Over 6,000 customers visited the dedicated campaign website and over 4,000 customers actively participated, which has enabled Arjowiggins Graphic to achieve its goal while also reaching designers and

DS Smith has acquired recycling division

DS Smith has confirmed its acquisition of the Recycling Division of Middleton Paper for an undisclosed sum, PPI Environment reports.

The Recycling Division (of Middleton Paper) currently generates approximately 9,000 tonnes of fibre annually, and deals with a  range of paper and cardboard grades.

As the largest fibre recycler in Europe, DS Smith recovers about 5.4 million tonnes of paper and packaging annually for recycling. Recovered packaging (and other fibre grades) provide the raw

Canon ME and Emirates Green Building Council in partnership

Canon Middle East and Emirates Green Building Council have established a partnership to promote sustainable living across the UAE through an environmental -themed student photography competition that marked World Green Building Week.

As part of the inaugural activity, the ‘Get Up Green Up’ themed photography competition was open to students enrolled at any university in the UAE to submit their images for review. 

The competition was intended to encourage the community to become ambassadors

MACtac ‘eco-friendly’, complies with regulations of REACH

Distributors of a range of print media, laminating, mounting, computer aided signage from Belguim based MACtac, Al Shabak Trading have announced that their principals have been working to comply with the forthcoming REACH requirements by progressively replacing ‘Substances of very high concern of the authorization list’ by suitable alternatives. As from 15/06/2014, all products manufactured by MACtac will be free of any heavy metals based pigments and will therefore be fully compliant with

vFSC Online claims platform now ‘voluntary’, not ‘mandatory’

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has pulled back on plans to make its proposed Online Claims Platform (OCP) mandatory to all certificate holders and has delayed its launch until early 2015.

OCP’s original 2013 rollout had already been delayed due to stakeholder concerns that this would present too great an extra administrative burden for companies such as paper merchants and printers, and so would push companies away from accreditation.

In a statement, FSC announced that OCP would now

Cortec introduces a water based eco-shield packaging paper

Cortec has launched ‘a biobased, environmentally friendly paper that is fully recyclable and repulpable’ - the EcoShield Paper & Linerboard. 

EcoShield is made from recycled paper and coated with a water-based barrier coating. According to Cortec, this environmentally safe product also shows oil and grease resistance perfectly combining moisture barrier properties and oil and grease resistivity into one step.

In addition, EcoShield is in compliance with FDA regulations under 21 code of

Signtrade will sell environment friendly products from 3M

Dubai based distributors of indoor and outdoor signage, Signtrade will be distributing new, environmentally friendly products from 3M including the EnvisionTM Print Film Wrap 480cv3 and EnvisionTM Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G.

Commented a spokesperson from 3M: “This high performance non PVC and phthalate-free film offers great conformability for a wide range of long term applications, such as indoor and outdoor signs. They contain no added chlorine or halogens, are made in part from

Pulp and paper firm APRIL refutes ‘off-base’ Greenpeace attack

Indonesian pulp and paper firm APRIL has refuted claims by Greenpeace that it is turning High Conservation Value (HCV) forest in its concession on the island of Pulau Padang into a plantation.
Greenpeace had published photographs showing clearance of dense forest and drainage of peatlands on an APRIL concession on the Padang island off the coast of Riau, which the NGO presented as evidence that APRIL was lying to customers about not developing HCV land.
However, the pulp and paper firm - the

Kiian Specialty Inks launches PVC-free plastisol inks

Kiian Specialty Inks has launched a new range of PVC-free plastisol inks for textile printing that are said to produce a similar finish to water-based inks.
The Italy-based inks manufacturer has called the new range, which consists of a plastisol with no PVC or “phthalates, free” and will market it under its Manoukian-Argon brand.
“Free inks combine the productivity of conventional plastisols with the eco-friendliness of water-based inks, offering both printers and brand owners the ultimate

Antalis supports the gorilla art project with 2-colour linocut

Environmental art venture Project Hangup was supplied by Antalis for its latest work, a limited edition of linocuts to highlight the plight of the mountain gorilla.
‘Tragically, a Limited Edition’ is a series of 880 two-colour linocut prints produced on Conqueror Bamboo paper supplied by Antalis. The edition was produced on a hand-operated 1878 Albion press.
“In an age dominated by social and digital media, it’s a joy to work with like-minded people on tactile projects that have longevity, such

New ink from Sunjet, Xaar helps address contamination fears

SunJet, the inkjet ink division of Sun Chemical, and Xaar, inkjet technology specialist, have collaborated on the development of IK822, black MOF – a new mineral oil-free (MOF) ink that addresses food contamination fears.
Over the past few years there have been growing concerns regarding the contamination of food from inks used on secondary food packaging and the use of recycled packaging paperboard. The packaging industry is striving to avoid the use of materials and substances which contain

PEFC launches new Responsible Business Platform

PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) has launched a new online verification platform, the Responsible Business Platform, which will replace the current system whereby brand owners, suppliers and printers have to regularly re-log PEFC-certified papers online, to ensure certification is still valid. The new system means stakeholders will only need to enter the information once, after which a traffic light system will alert them to the expiry or future expiry of a stock’s

HP enhances cartridge recycling activities

HP announced that more than 75 percent of its ink cartridges and 24 percent of HP LaserJet toner cartridges are now manufactured with “closed loop” recycled plastic. This, according to HP, represents a 50 percent increase in the number of  ink cartridges manufactured with recycled content in the last year, giving customers more options for purchasing cartridges made with recycled content.

Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Printing Solutions -HP commented: “From cartridges with

International Paper recognized by Ethisphere Institute

International Paper announced that it has been recognized as one of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance.

 This is the eighth straight year that International Paper has been honoured with this award. Ethical business practices and standards have defined the company since its inception more than 100 years ago. “International Paper’s commitment to the highest ethical

Presstek unveils its latest plate developments during Ipex

Presstek has launched three new eco-friendly CTP plate technologies at Ipex: a thermal plate for waterless presses, an open-platform thermal plate and a plate for Epson inkjet printers.

The Zahara waterless plate has been launched as a competitor to Toray waterless plates, and is compatible with all sheetfed and narrow-web waterless models. It is rated for up to 100,000 impressions.

“The unique selling point of this plate is it is totally chemistry-free, we process through water, which

Canon launches entry-level recycled digital devices

Canon has launched a Factory Produced New Model digital colour printer portfolio using frames recycled from older models.

The imagePress C7000VPe is aimed at small businesses, particularly in the graphic arts market, commercial printers and in-house production print facilities looking to move into digital print but without having to commit large amounts of capital.

The devices are built by stripping the manufacturer’s previous “best-selling models” down to the frame, reconditioning the

Canon receives 12 awards from Buyers Laboratory

Canon announced that it has received seven Winter 2014 ‘Pick of the Year’ awards, three ‘Environmental Outstanding Achievement’ and two ‘Energy Efficiency’ awards from testing and research organisation, Buyers Laboratory (BLI).
“We’re proud to have been recognised once again in BLI’s Pick of the Year awards and the distinction of this including elements from our laser, MFD, solutions and MPS offerings makes this all the more rewarding,” comments Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon

APP with the year anniversary of anti-deforestation commitment

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has published a report marking a year since it announced its intention to end all natural forest clearance in its supply chain through its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP).

Launching the report at a special FCP anniversary event in Jakarta, APP’s managing director of sustainability and stakeholder engagement Aida Greenbury called for greater collaboration among businesses, communities and organisations to protect Indonesia’s forests.

“We are creating management plans