Going Green, Coastal Printing & Graphics Saves Green

Coastal Printing & Graphics of Shallotte, NC, is using Agfa’s (Booth 844) workflow systems, thermal plate solutions and CTP to improve the company’s ecological footprint and reduce hazardous waste, all while maintaining high quality output for its customers.

Founded in 1988, Coastal has consistently upgraded hardware and software in order to stay ahead of market constraints, improve processes and better service its customers. Co-owner Melody Bellamy says, “In a down economy, we are doing better than ever because we remained focused on providing the highest quality products and services.”


Automating production

In 2009 Coastal Printing & Graphics automated its shop with Agfa’s :Apogee Prepress 6.0 workflow and installed Agfa’s :Avalon N4 platesetter running :Azura TS thermal plates. Agfa’s :Apogee Prepress and :Avalon N4 gave the company advanced automation capabilities, enabling it to speed up the printing process, provide fast turnaround to its customers and offer minimal lag time between customer requests and production. Agfa’s :Azura TS plates helped Coastal reduce costs and contribute to its sustainability initiatives. Concurrently, the firm invested in recycling equipment so that it could repurpose paper, cardboard and newsprint. Its annual recycling efforts are the equivalent of planting 250,000 trees.

“We are extremely happy,” says Bellamy. “We have been able to eliminate 100% of chemistry costs in the prepress department. We have also reduced water consumption by over 20% and our energy costs by 50%. Plus, we are producing jobs in less time and delivering better quality.”

Adds Bellamy, “The proof is in the finished product. At the 43rd PICA Awards, Coastal Printing & Graphics took home 14 awards for excellence in printing. The Agfa solutions helped us meet our business and environmental objectives, but the awards are a great extra benefit.”