Agfa Recognized by State of NJ for Going Above and Beyond to Help the Environment
ELMWOOD PARK, NJ—March 16, 2015—The "Certificate of Stewardship" hangs proudly in the lobby of Agfa Graphics' plate manufacturing facility and inkjet demo center located in Branchburg, NJ. The certificate, presented to Agfa Graphics in January, is the result of an inspection performed in 2014 by the state of New Jersey.
"The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Stewardship Initiative recognizes Agfa for its voluntary and proactive measures taken to go beyond compliance in an effort to improve the environment and ensure a sustainable future," noted John Giordano, New Jersey DEP's assistant commissioner of Compliance and Enforcement.
Among the areas in which Agfa Graphics was recognized were the company's efforts in Materials Conservation, Environmental Policy, Water Use Reduction, Hazardous Materials Reduction, and others.
"Compared to 2013, last year we used 20 percent less water, recycling it instead of dumping it into the sewers," said said Jeff Aurichio, director U.S. Manufacturing-Branchburg, Agfa Graphics. "We also cut our gas usage 5 percent due to increased production efficiencies. In our warehouses we changed high bay lights to LED technology with motion sensors, leading us to a 12 percent reduction in electrical usage."
Johan Buelens, global director manufacturing, Agfa Graphics, added, "It is an honor to be rewarded for our constructive investments. Like all our manufacturing plants over the world, the Branchburg facility is working according to ISO9001 (quality), ISO14001 (environment), OSHAS18001 (health and safety) and the Energy Management standard ISO50001 which is quite unique in the industry."
The NJ DEP's Environmental Stewardship Initiative is a recognition program developed by Compliance & Enforcement for use by all NJDEP programs that conduct compliance assurance inspections. The program is broad in scope and covers a diverse spectrum of environmental stewardship and sustainable related practices. The intent is to showcase the achievements of members of the regulated community and serve as an information resource to encourage others to follow.
Agfa Graphics' facility in Branchburg, NJ, is the company's largest manufacturing location in North America, at which the company produces various products for the printing and publishing industries. The facility also features a technology demo center.
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analog and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa Healthcare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,865 million euros in 2013.
About Agfa Graphics
Agfa Graphics offers integrated prepress solutions to the printing industry. These solutions comprise consumables, hardware, software and services for production workflow, project and color management. Agfa Graphics is a worldwide leader with its computer-to-plate and digital proofing systems for commercial and packaging printing and the newspaper publishing markets.
Agfa Graphics is rapidly developing its position in the new segments of industrial inkjet with comprehensive solutions for various applications such as documents, posters, banners, signage, displays, labels and packaging materials. Its experience in both imaging and emulsion technology has provided the expertise required for developing a complete assortment of high-quality inks. Please visit us at www.agfagraphics.com.
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Pitman, An Agfa Co., collaborates with world-class manufacturers to provide a diverse offering of the most advanced solutions for the prepress, pressroom, wide format, newspaper, packaging and commercial printing industries.
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