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Printers go with the flow and turn off the taps

Thursday, 22 February 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

Fish out of water

Fish need water more than printers, so a Melbourne-based company decided to adopt a waterless printing process.

The simple action of turning off the printing press tap has made Fishprint a finalist in the Service Providers section of the 2006/07 savewater! Awards.

“Fishprint is over-the-moon about becoming a finalist,” said Peter Booth, director of Fishprint. “We claim to lead the way in sustainable printing and being nominated as a finalist in these awards really help to give our statements more credibility.”

The savewater! awards were established five years ago, and according to Nigel Finner, ceo have attracted an increasing number of entrants. “Each year the nominations become more impressive, people are becoming more creative when thinking about water usage and ways to better manage the resource,” he said.

Finner believes that all printers should move towards developing processes that consider the environment first. “Pretty soon, requests for environmentally responsible printing will be the norm,” he said. “Printers taking the lead will be well rewarded by an increasingly environmentally savvy business community.”

Ironing out the drips

A water recirculation unit has been installed in Complete Colour Printing’s production process.

With a reservoir capacity of up to 120 litres and features including a pump that starts automatically and a semi automatic drainage system, this device now allows the company to reduce its water usage by 278,008 litres a year.

“As environmentally responsible printers, we are always actively searching for ways to reduce our impact upon the environment,” said Tim Michaelides, managing director of Complete Colour Printing.

Incorporated into the computer-to-plate production process, the water saver allows water to be recirculated or reused before new water is released for use within the process.

It might not make them money, but Jean-Pierre DeWaele (pictured), production manager said that the water recirculation unit was a small attempt to help the environment. “We made the decision to purchase the machine as an environmental step forward rather than a money-maker,” he said.

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