Across the industry, we are all looking forward to writing new stories in 2014, stories that tell of revenue growth and profitability, of new business and rising customer numbers. We all want more engagement and more dialogue with our markets and we all want to see printers and publishers gain ground. And when it comes to environmental impact improvement, there are some specifics we’d like to see.
Fespa has added a Sustainability category to its prestigious international awards programme. We are honoured to have been invited to help judge the entries. Judging is always a tricky business, whether its kids at a Pony Club rally or an important industry award. In the case of the former it’s generally best to decline: all those pushy parents and tearful children.
The paper industry has often been the target of chippy greens looking to offload their eco-anger. If past practise is anything to go by, they have some justification, but it is time to start cutting paper companies a lot more slack. Pulp and paper manufacturers have made massive improvements to their environmental footprint over the last few years, not least substantial reductions in energy usage and waste.
We hear a lot about the wonders of digital media and for several years it has had print in a more than mild state of panic. The Bay Psalm Book is just the latest addition to the list of reasons to choose print over electronic media.
Agfa has introduced a new chemistry-free plate, the Azura TU with a tonal range of 1-99% supporting linescreens of up to 240lpi, holding a 20 micron spot and run lengths of up to 150,000. This is quite a leap up in durability so this plate will be attractive to volume offset printers, not least because it will last on press.