Kodak Honors Companies for Green Practices

ROCHESTER, NY | Kodak has selected eight printers from across the world 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. The program, launched in 2014, recognizes excellence among Kodak customers that are leaders in environmental initiatives. 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. Submissions are reviewed with scores determined by a panel of Kodak judges. 

All of the printers are users of Kodak SONORA Process Free Plates, said to yield environmental and economic benefits for customers without sacrificing quality and output. Company says the plates remove the need for the plate processor, which requires chemicals, water, and energy while generating waste.

“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,” says Richard Rindo, Kodak general manager, WW Offset Print, and VP, Print Systems Division. “From the adoption of SONORA Plates, 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 winners of particular interest to the converting industry include the following:

  • Reynolds and Reynolds (US): Founded in 1866 as a business forms printing company, today Reynolds and Reynolds deliver the software, business forms and supplies, and professional services that support all areas of automotive retailing for car dealers and automakers. The company became Kodak’s 1,000th SONORA Plate customer in 2014. As part of the 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.
  • Royalpack (Poland): Founded in 2009, Royalpack is now one of the leading printers in Poland for corrugated cardboard packaging. In addition to its use of SONORA Plates to eliminate chemical processing, the company has implemented a range of initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint, including solar energy to heat water, and invests in modern machinery to lessen the amount of waste generated during the manufacturing process.
  • Kava Printing (China): Founded in 1995, Kava Printing operates a full-service commercial printing operation in mainland China working with a mix of industries, with a significant focus on developing original printing and packaging products for high-end cosmetic brands and instruction manuals for major industrial enterprises. Kava says its introduction of SONORA Process Free Plate technology is part of Kava Printing’s plan to strengthen its sustainability profile.
  • NPE Print Communications (Singapore): NPE is an award-winning commercial printer delivering the full gamut of services to its clients from project consultation and prepress all the way through to a full range of offset and digital printing and finishing solutions. NPE has long been committed to enhancing its environmental profile. 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.

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