"My approach to this ideology is based on 30 years in the trade in which many companies are highly focused on feeding their manufacturing platforms," said Kennedy. "The benefit of utilizing a smaller-format company such as BGI Graphics (a 30,000 square-foot manufacturing facility) is that we're focused on looking for new ways to reduce manufacturing time. We look for materials that can be structural and incorporated in the new digital print technology. Dibond met those requirements in the Simmons unit."
As a passive eco solution, the Dibond prototype reduces both shipping costs and fuel expenditures because 500 prototypes can be loaded on a truck versus 40 of the wood units with no wooden skids required to ship the flat prototypes. No additional freight charges and fuel expenditures are required to deliver the outsourced wood and metal components required to fabricate the original fixture at BGI Graphics.
BGI Graphics shipped the Dibond prototype to Simmons Canada for review shortly after completion.
"It's an outstanding-looking fixture," said Paul Bognar, president, Simmons Canada. "If we were going to invest in additional fixtures at this time, we would definitely use the Dibond prototype. The new Dibond unit weighs less than the original, which is an important factor in shipping fixtures to retail stores located throughout Canada. The overall weight reduction helps to reduce our environmental footprint as well as reduces costs. The Dibond prototype also offers improved aesthetics, with more overall shine to the display.
"Our compliments are extended to BGI Graphics for introducing us to Dibond as an option. It makes good business sense for both of our companies and it offers an improved environmental solution. Sustainability is very important to Simmons Canada and is more and more prevalent in the minds of Canadians."
Show-goers attending GlobalShop 2009 in Las Vegas March 23-25 were able to compare the Dibond prototype to the original metal/wood fixture at the Alcan Composites USA trade show booth.
"Display designers and fabricators were impressed with the improved appearance and fabrication of the Dibond prototype fixture," said Joseph N. Masters, graphic display marketing manager and sustainability manager, Alcan Composites USA. "They also were able to physically compare the lighter weight of the Dibond fixture by slightly tipping both the prototype and the heavier wood display. The Dibond prototype's lighter weight and ability to be shipped flat not only reduces shipping costs but fuel expenditures, resulting in decreased carbon footprints.
"BGI Graphics' ?Thinking Green' platform fits well with Alcan Composites' 'Care & Conserve' sustainability initiative in which passive environmental solutions play an important role throughout a product's life cycle?from the purchase of raw materials through disposal. We encourage graphic designers to consider environmental impacts during the project design phase and offer several tips in our 'Care & Conserve' literature for doing so when they select our products."
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