Sustainability at drupa

The Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner At drupa next month everyone will be talking about technology, innovations and the latest new products. We might also be talking about what it will take to ensure the graphics industry’s continued sustainability: environmental, societal and economic. The last of these is pertinent for an industry undergoing profound change. … Read more

pre-drupa sustainability

The Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner I first attended drupa in 1986, when I spent a strange fortnight manning the stand for Seybold Publications. We had three early Macs supplied by Apple; they had 128KB RAM and attracted considerable attention. The sainted (possibly) Andy Tribute was editorial point man and our coverage extended to two … Read more

Keeping it local

The Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner It’s been clear for many years now that processless printing plates are the way forward to improve sustainability in the printing business. They are increasingly the preferred option for printing companies keen to cut their carbon footprints, as well as saving time and money. Kodak recently presented some compelling … Read more

Sustainability under pressure

The Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner Techology and innovation go hand in glove and with each advance, recycling in the graphics industry gets a little more complex. Sustainability, environmental and commercial, gets equally harder particularly in the context of other business pressures. This being a Drupa year we’re expecting all sorts of new technologies to … Read more

FESPA’s Print Census

The Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner Sustainability is at the top of the table, according to FESPA’s recently published findings from the latest Print Census. Respondents confirmed that rising sustainability demands are concerning them, along with keeping up with new business models and investment. The survey of 1,778 printing companies from more than 120 countries … Read more

R8 rating?

Mon, 15/01/2024 – 09:00 The Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner One of the world’s largest providers of fibre-based packaging companies, DS Smith has set up its own research and development centre. It is called R8 for reasons that are not clear and it is located in the UK. The goal is to work with customers … Read more

Xeikon and Sappi collaboration

The Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner As one of the founders of the colour digital printing industry, Xeikon has many years of experience for printing digital colour across a range of applications. Working with Sappi, the company is deploying its knowledge of acqueous and UV inkjet and dry toner printing to develop printable paper based … Read more

Mercury lamps on the out

The Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner It’s been a long time coming but the end of mercury arc lamps is definitely in sight. Mercury is a seriously nasty neurotoxin that is steadily being regulated out of products, including in the fluorescent lamps used in the printing industry for ink curing. Bodies from the US Environmental … Read more

Standards and certifications are important

The Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner The printing industry continues to evolve away from the small trade shops of the past, as consolidation changes the nature of the business. But concerns about quality control and production excellence are still important, so ensuring consistency across multiple production sites is fundamental to profit in modern print production. … Read more