In summary, printers are rightfully concerned about lessening the environmental impact of their operations. Environmentally-conscious printers can make a more informed decision by looking at the amount of chemistry, water and energy required by each plate they are considering. Reduced chemistry plates, “chemistry-free” plates and processless plates can further reduce the environmental footprint. While performance on-press will remain a key factor in plate selection, we hope the information presented here will enable printers to take into account the environmental impact of their decision. PI
About the Author
Dr. John Zarwan is a founding partner of J Zarwan Partners, an independent consultancy that specializes in business development, market strategy, and product planning and positioning. His 2003 paper, “CTP Platemaking: Understanding the Real Costs,” was the first attempt to quantify the cost of chemistry. Prior to founding J Zarwan Partners, Dr. Zarwan was principal of State Street Consultants and held senior management positions in finance, marketing and product management at NEC and Agfa (Compugraphic). To find out more or get a copy of the full report on which this article is based, visit: www.johnzarwan.com.