Asahi Photoproducts installs equipment at Sonoco Institute

Students, faculty, and researchers at Clemson’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics now have the latest digital platemaking technology right at their fingertips thanks to a recent addition of Asahi Photoproducts equipment. Asahi installed its new AWP 230W water-washable plate processor and AFP 912 exposure/drying/light finisher unit at the South Carolina institution.

The AWP 230W processor is designed specifically to process water-washable plates from Asahi. Using only a detergent and water mixture to process plates, the unit eliminates the need for solvents and the release of VOCs during the flexographic platemaking process. The AWP platemaking process (back exposure, digital imaging, face exposure, wash-out, drying, and light finishing) takes less than an hour to complete. The wash solution in this VOC-free process produces plates which are at gauge immediately after the processing.

Several members of the Asahi Photoproducts team are no stranger to Clemson’s Graphic Communications program. Currently, three Clemson alumni work out of Asahi’s newly opened Atlanta, Ga., office, including David Chinnis (1985), Michael Amosu (2006), and Catherine Whitaker (2007). n

Asahi Kasei America Photoproducts Division
877-344-1223; www.asahi-afp.com

Flint Group announces regional seminars

Flint Group Flexographic Products will conduct a series of four, one-day seminars on flexo technology as the company introduces the latest in nyloflex printing plates, rotec sleeves and Flint inks, as well as associated technologies used in flexographic printing. The Plymouth, Mich.-based company invites users to enjoy a free, science-based informational seminar and learn how prepress and press operations can be made more sustainable while further increasing print quality.

The 2010 Seminar schedule includes stops in Seattle, Wash., (March 23); Los Angeles, Calif., (March 25); Cincinnati, Ohio, (Oct. 19); and Montreal, Que. (Oct. 21). Those interested in attending are encouraged to contact Doreen Bailey at 704-504-2625 or e-mail events.flexographic@flintgrp.com for additional information.

Flint Group NA
734-781-4600; www.flintgrp.com

Sun Chemical issues first sustainability report

Sun Chemical has released its first report on the company’s own sustainability efforts, using data-driven performance measurement for seven key sustainability metrics to help customers and consumers understand the company’s environmental impact.

The first-of-its-kind report shows data collected since 2005 from approximately 170 Sun Chemical sites in more than 25 countries. Key sustainability metrics measured in the data include: energy consumption/conservation at production and non-production sites, energy carbon footprint of the production sites, process waste reduction, water consumption, materials safety and employee safety.

Providing a report that shows the ongoing management and monitoring of key sustainability metrics is an important part of Sun Chemical’s recently updated sustainability policy that was unveiled last year at Print 09 in Chicago.

“Sun Chemical’s sustainability policy is different from other company policies and positioning because it is supported by data that goes far beyond that which is normally reported,” says Gary Andrzejewski, Sun Chemical’s corporate vice president of environmental affairs. “Our customers and the marketplace are looking for much more than the standard sustainability rhetoric. They want to know what their suppliers are doing to improve their sustainability performance. This sustainability report does just that with very specific metrics.”

Sun Chemical, with Environ International Corp., has also initiated a project to analyze and manage the carbon footprint of its products. The project includes an assessment of eight different ink products manufactured at seven different facilities in the United States and Europe. The results of this project will be released during the first half of 2010.

Sun Chemical
973-404-6000; www.sunchemical.com/sustainability

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AVT appoints North American sales manager

Advanced Vision Technology (AVT), supplier of automatic optical inspection and quality assurance systems for the printing industry, has appointed William Fleck central regional manager for North America. Fleck will be headquartered in the greater Chicago area, and will cover AVT installations in the Central, upper Midwest and upper West Coast regions.

AccuWeb adds Mid-Atlantic representative

John Pritchard has rejoined AccuWeb as its Mid-Atlantic territory representative, covering New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia. Mr. Pritchard previously worked for AccuWeb as a territory manager and has more than 30 years of experience in the converting industry.

Harper earns ISO 9001:2008 certification

Anilox supplier Harper Corp. of America has earned ISO 9001:2008 certification after a detailed audit of its operations performed by the DNV (Det Norske Veritas). The certification, as part of the machinery and equipment sector, covers employees and production capabilities at two company facilities involved in the design, manufacture, repair, service and replacement parts for anilox rolls for the printing industry.

Pamarco Global Graphics appoints flexo, offset presidents

Pamarco Global Graphics has announced the appointments of Bill Ford as president of its Offset Division and John Burgess as president of the company’s Flexo Division. PGG operates with the two divisions for all its global operations.

Air Motion Systems wins UV innovation award

Ultraviolet curing supplier Air Motion Systems has received the 2009 Innovation Award from the Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corp. In receiving the award, Air Motion Systems was commended for its commitment to development and innovation in the field of UV curing systems and technology, including the success of its P3 UV system for the commercial printing and packaging markets, and for introducing new technology in the field of LED-based UV curing.

Coim USA’s Novacote Division appoints business manager

Matthew Lopes has been named business manager for the Novacote packaging adhesives group. Coim recently expanded its adhesives production the company's West Deptford, N.J., plant, and will be adding staff to support continued business growth.