Manufacturers are not immune to the challenges of a greening industry. Costs of raw materials are high and customers are demanding high quality alternatives to the more ink chemistries and equipment currently on the market. “One problem is that many green technologies are not able to deliver the performance characteristics of current technologies,” says Roland’s Scrimger. “Customers demand image quality and durability and we look forward to developing and implementing future green technologies that meet these high demands.”
“As an industry, we need to help focus the message where wide-format print is sustainable, and what is being done to minimize the impact of the raw materials that are used,” says I.T. Strategies’ Boer.
“The biggest challenges in wide-format have to do with the coating of medias, imaging inks, the recyclability of equipment and parts, consumable containers and waste toner,” says Rich Gigl, Vice President of Marketing, KIP, (Booth 1658).
“Manufacturers are working very hard, through better technology, ink efficiency, ink formulation, more easily recyclable media, media recycling programs, etc., to facilitate sustainability,” says InfoTrends’ Greene.