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Kodak announces winners of Sonora Plate Green Leaf Awards 2016

Eight printers from across the world have been selected by Kodak as the 2016 winners of the company’s Sonora Plate Green Leaf Awards. The program, which first launched in 2014, recognizes customers who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to reduce their environmental impact through a variety of initiatives and best practices. Award entrants are judged on a range of criteria, including management practices to improve energy and water efficiency, participation in local community sustainability efforts and the use of eco-conscious materials and supplies. All submissions are reviewed with scores determined by a panel of Kodak judges.

The 2016 Sonara Plate Green Leaf Award Winners are: Reynolds and Reynolds (US), Informco (Canada), Groupe Estimprim (France), Royalpack (Poland), UVO communication (S.Africa), Ohshaika Printing (Japan), Kava Printing (China), NPE Print Communications (Singapore).

All the printers are users of Kodak Sonora process free plates and are also leaders in their respective markets in integrating sound environmental practices into their operations. These methods include monitoring of energy and water usage, participation in local community sustainability programs and the use of eco-conscious materials and supplies.

“It’s an honor to select eight of our customers to receive this prestigious award. Printers around the world continue to see the real benefits that sustainable printing practices deliver to their bottom lines,” said Richard Rindo, Kodak general manager, WW offset print, and vice president, print systems division. “From the adoption of SonoraPlates, to streamlining workflows and integrating more environmentally friendly materials, printers are demonstrating that sustainability is good for business and the future of the industry.”

The award is named for Kodak Sonora process free plates, known for yielding dramatic environmental and economic benefits for customers without sacrificing quality and output. Sonora plates remove the need for the plate processor, which requires chemicals, water, and energy while generating waste. Sonora plate volumes continued to grow in 2016 in tandem with the industry’s demand for more sustainable printing solutions to address new applications and opportunities, all while increasing profitability. With both economic and environmental sustainability at the forefront of more and more printers’ strategic investments, Kodak predicts this trend to continue and anticipates that 30% of the company’s plate volume will be process free by 2019.

Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award Winners

 – Reynolds and Reynolds (US): As part of its comprehensive environmental strategy, Reynolds places a strong emphasis on recycling. The program, which recycles paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, wood pallets, electronic components, chemicals, foil, ink and toner cartridges, results in savings of estimated 5,700 cubic yards of landfill space in an average year.

 – Informco (Canada): ISO-certified since 1999, the company has made significant reductions in energy usage, water consumption, and VOC emissions through rigorous monitoring programs. Informco was the first printer in Canada to win the CCME (Canadian Council of the Ministers of the Environment) Pollution Prevention Award in 2002.

 – Groupe Estimprim (France): A member of the France network of the Global Compact, Groupe Estimprim monitors energy usage and uses energy-saving features on their equipment, and uses eco-friendly materials such as vegetable inks, alcohol-free solvents, recycled paper and paper from sustainably managed forests.

 – Royalpack (Poland): The company has implemented a range of initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint, including solar energy to heat water, and the company invests in modern machinery to lessen the amount of waste generated during the manufacturing process.

 – Ohshaika Printing (Japan): Ohshaika’s environmental strategy focuses on reducing energy, water, and chemical waste with clearly set measurement goals. As part of the company’s overall plan to reduce energy use, Ohshaika uses renewable energy sources, is ISO14000 certified and with SONORA Plates the company has reduced ink consumption and has zero chemical waste across its operations.

 – Kava Printing (China):  With a significant focus on developing original printing and packaging products for high-end cosmetic brands and instruction manuals for major industrial enterprises, Kava’s introduction of process free plate technology is part its plan to strengthen its sustainability profile. 

 – NPE Print Communications (Singapore): On an ongoing basis, the company has invested in upgrading older machines to more energy-efficient equipment and rigorously monitors energy and consumable use that are tied to annual reduction targets.

 – UVO Communications (South Africa): A dedicated environmental officer at UVO is responsible for coordinating and measuring the company’s energy and water saving programs and enterprise-wide recycling activities.

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