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Packaging printer achieves high environmental efficiency and saves costs with technology from Heidelberg
August Faller and Heidelberg chosen to be part of the “100 Companies for Resource Efficiency” initiative
Anicolor technology permits annual savings of 37 metric tons of CO2 and 80,000 kilowatt hours as well as around EUR 155,000 through less paper waste
The ceremony for the “100 Betriebe für Ressourceneffizienz” (100 Companies for Resource Efficiency) took place in October of this year under the auspices of Minister President Winfried Kretschmann. Among the companies were packaging manufacturer August Faller GmbH & Co. KG. based in Waldkirch and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), which together developed an environmentally friendly offset printing application for folding cartons.
The “Allianz für Ressourceneffizienz” (Alliance for Resource Efficiency) was established in 2014 in Baden-Württemberg by the Federal Ministry of the Environment and the leading trade associations as well as the state Chambers of Industry and Commerce. A key initiative of this alliance is “100 Companies for Resource Efficiency”. Its purpose is to showcase how resource efficiency can be successfully implemented and the kinds of economic and ecological successes that can be achieved, using 100 companies as examples.
August Faller GmbH & Co. KG manufactures folding cartons for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and was one of the first packaging print shops to recognize the potential of the Anicolor technology in 50 x 70 format from Heidelberg. The company was looking for a cost-effective process to address the increasing trend towards short runs, while also taking into consideration the constantly changing spot colors specifically required for folding cartons. The Anicolor unit is a zoneless inking unit that needs just two rollers rather than the up to 17 rollers required in conventional offset printing. Faller worked closely with the specialists from Heidelberg to pilot the adaptation of the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor for the production of folding cartons. Up to then, the press was mainly used for commercial printing in 35 x 50 cm format.
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