KBA Demonstrates MicroGREEN’s Environmentally Friendly Plastic SubstrateApril 4, 2011
“Printers are seeking new environmentally friendly and sustainable substrates, as well as new sheets to set their customers apart in the market,” says Mark Hischar, president and CEO of KBA North America. “We’re pleased to work with MicroGREEN Polymers and introduce InCycle to our customers to run on our presses.”
The new 20-mil InCycle plastic substrate from MicroGREEN Polymers is available in 28x40˝, 28x20˝ and 48x96˝ sheets and web rolls. The KBA Genius 52 UV press printed on the InCycle substrate with four-color process inks and a UV coating inline, all cured via UV at the end of press. The basic InCycle brand sheet is made with up to 50 percent post consumer recycled content.
“Our end goal is to create a closed-loop substrate manufacturing system. In our process, we take virgin and recycled PET plastic, extrude it, and, using our proprietary Ad-Air technology, create bubbles in it, which turns it into a very lightweight easily printed substrate with a solid, waterproof skin,” says Chris Jacobs, MicroGREEN’s director of marketing and product development. “The material itself is completely recyclable. We’ve created a sustainable alternative to solid plastic and poly-coated paperboard in packaging and graphic communication applications. We believe that our product will increase your sustainability scorecard rating, insulate you from EPR legislation, save you money with logistics, protect temperature-sensitive items, and offer a bright white/reflecting surface.”
About MicroGREEN Polymers
Founded in September 2002, MicroGREEN Polymers is a privately-held enterprise intended to commercialize its patented solid-state microcellular expansion technology called Ad-air, which significantly reduces the financial and ecological costs of many plastic products while maintaining key material characteristics. Ad-air technology is applicable to plastics in food and beverage packaging, general packaging, transportation, building materials, appliances and consumer electronics industries. MicroGREEN is headquartered in a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Arlington, WA. www.microgreeninc.com
About KBA North America
KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established 194 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), the parent of the KBA group, is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print', reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, special presses for books, inserts, banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards; CDs and DVDs plus inkjet and other coding systems. For more information visit the company's website at www.kba.com