Heidelberg realigns with Saphira Eco consumables

Heidelberg has realigned its portfolio around its Saphira Eco consumables range as consumer demand for such solutions increase.

By realigning its portfolio around its environmentally friendly Saphira Eco consumables, Heidelberg said is making it easier for customers to pursue environmentally compatible production in line with their specific requirements.

Additional focal points besides environmental concerns include the cost-effectiveness and productivity of the production process.

For example, Heidelberg said the Saphira Eco inks are in the same price bracket as conventional standard inks but don’t require any additional outlay in terms of setup and achieve the same productivity standards.

“By using Saphira Eco products, print shops can organise their production operations on a much more environmentally friendly and sustainable basis,” Heidelberg head of product management consumables Hans Huyghe said.

“Moreover, there is still far too little awareness that environmentally friendly consumables can help reduce costs by delivering a lower total cost of ownership – without compromising on productivity and quality. Heidelberg also assists all customers who are interested in switching to environmentally friendly print production.”

Heidelberg mentioned that with increasing numbers of clients choosing suppliers who treat solidarity, social commitment, and sustainability as priorities, it can be assumed that print products will also enjoy greater acceptance if they are clearly identifiable as products that have been created on a sustainable basis.

Furthermore, it said a growing number of print buyers are demanding that print service providers supply evidence of sustainability.

The Saphira Eco product line, which was introduced about 1- years ago, aims to help with this issue.

The range of especially environmentally friendly consumables includes chemical-free and processless printing plates, coatings, inks made from renewable raw materials, and chemicals that generate less waste.

When using processless printing plates from the Saphira Eco portfolio, there is no need for a development process, which means plates can be used on the press immediately after imaging. In the case of chemical-free printing plates, the environmentally friendly clean-out solution takes the place of conventional developers and replenishers. Users benefit from savings in the form of reduced space requirements, chemical usage, disposal costs, and power and water consumption.

The coatings in the Saphira Eco portfolio are suitable for all standard application areas. The portfolio includes, for example, Teflon-free and low-ammonia or ammonia-free coatings. This means Heidelberg can supply coatings that do not require any hazard labeling.

“By harnessing the consulting expertise that Heidelberg offers, print shops can find the ideal combination of coating and screen roller to reduce their coating consumption,” the company said.

The Saphira Eco portfolio also includes VOC-free wash solutions as combining the right wash program with the right wash solution helps to shorten the whole washing process while ensuring results.

This means less wash solution is used, which generates less waste and results in lower waste costs. In addition, Heidelberg offers environmentally friendly dampening solutions that don’t need to be changed in the dampening solution circuit as often and facilitate IPA-free or at least reduced-IPA printing.

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