News Ticker – May 13, 2010

P&G launches supplier environmental-sustainability scorecard
P&G sustainability imageGlobal consumer packaged-goods giant Procter & Gamble introduced its new Supplier Environmental Sustainability Scorecard and rating process Wednesday to measure and improve the environmental performance of its key suppliers. The new scorecard will assess P&G suppliers’ environmental footprint and encourage continued improvement by measuring energy use, water use, waste disposal and greenhouse-gas emissions on a year-to-year basis. More info

Report reveals potential digital-print market for label apps
The potential market available today using current digital-printing economics and capabilities in narrow-web label applications? Roughly 1.1 billion MSI. That’s the conclusion of the first Commercialization Assessment Report from Karstedt Associates. “We further estimated the current penetration of digital technology is addressing less than 10 percent of the ‘digital sweet spot,’” says company president Kevin Karstedt. More info

Unisource okays SGP certification in respect™ Printers’ Program
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) and paper/packaging distributor Unisource Worldwide establish a collaboration agreement recognizing SGP-certified printers in Unisource’s popular respect™ program. That program identifies sustainable-based printers that exclusively use FSC, SFI and/or PEFC Chain-of-Custody certified papers. Unisource will now list SGP-certified printers on the unisourcegreenfinder®, an online portal used by designers and end-users to find green-certified printers. More info

Label, packaging printers gain insights at OMET seminar
Creating Opportunities in the Label and Packaging Business,” pressmaker OMET’s open house and seminar held April 28 in Lecco, Italy, proved successful for the many converters on hand. Along with a presentation on the global label and packaging market, attendees gained insights into the “must haves” for inline printing and finishing technologies and operations as well as what it takes to meet end-users’ and brand owners’ expectations.

The OMET X-Flex press for the label business and the VaryFlex-F1 inline platform press for packaging were demonstrated. A new 33-in.-wide VaryFlex-F1 was presented as a direct competitor to traditional wide-web CI-flexo and sheetfed-offset carton presses. More info

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