Judges at this years Druck & Medien Awards 2012, held on 22 November, recognised the production benefits of waterless printing, with newspaper printers using Toray technology getting industry acclaim.
Leading the latest industry achievers was Freiburger Druck. It was again named Newspaper Printer of the Year by Druck & Medien following identical success in 2006, 2008 and 2010. This time the company that runs Toray plates on a KBA Cortina waterless press impressed the judges with its dispersion coating results following co-operation with the René Staud photo agency.
Another category finalist, and Cortina user, Druckerei Konstanz was praised by the judges for its high quality waterless production that also helped it achieve energy, paper and chemical savings.
Michael Schaefer, CEO, Druckerei Konstanz, said, With our Cortina press we can produce high-demand printed products with efficiently and with excellent ecological balance. It is with this triple approach that we can score in the market.
European newspaper awards
This latest recognition follows the first and second places won by De Tijd, Belgium, and Trouw, The Netherlands, in the 14th European Awards for European Newspaper of the Year – Nationwide Newspaper. They were printed waterless by Eco Print Centre.
Junichi Ishii, Sales Manager for Graphics and Chemicals Sections Toray International Europe GmbH, said, It is great to see that the high quality print achievable on KBA Cortina presses using Toray waterless plate technology, is now being recognised on such an industry wide basis. Thanks to the process that eliminates the use of wash up chemicals, stand out award winning print and environmentally sound production create a powerful print production combination recognised by industry peers.