If the right choices are made the printed product is truly sustainable
Technology is a main driver of environmental improvement

With an emphasis on performance improvements, all stages of the lithographic print process have been transformed in recent years.

Pre-press Digitisation of the pre-press process has facilitated well publicised quality and performance benefits but the environmental benefits are often overlooked. From more accurate proofing to online proofing to calibration with subsequent processes, leading to more efficient press set up (reduced energy, material, ink and consumables requirements),the environmental benefits are substantial.

Platemaking With the aim of faster, leaner processing a range of options currently exist that reduce chemical, water and energy use. From ‘chemistry free’ requiring minimal processing to ‘processless’ plates created on the printing press, this stage of the printing process has seen its environmental impact greatly reduced in recent years.

Print The printing process is a highly complicated set of mechanical actions and finely tuned chemical reactions. The aim of the print process is to achieve the desired colour as quickly and efficiently as possible and to maintain this quality during the printing and drying process. Manifold technological advances to facilitate improvements at all stages of the print process have greatly improved performance and, in the form of reduced energy (and associated emissions), consumables and waste, drastically reduced the environmental impact of the printed product.

Automated press set up combined with colour calibration software = reduced energy, material, ink and consumables requirements

Faster running speeds = reduced (relatively) energy requirements

Automated plate changes and cleaning processes = improved efficiency and consumables use.

Advanced drying technologies = elimination of spray powder and reduced need for coatings and sealers used for drying purposes.