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Flexo Sustainable : Year-End 2012
ufacture to end-use application and spent liner recycling. The association embraces members from Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand, as well as FINAT and TLMI, and is actively liaising with both brand owners and major retail groups, as well as the public sector, to achieve environmental sustainability for self-adhesive labelling. This is an inspiring example of how, at a regional and local level, global goals can be pursued and achieved. SPECTRUM OF OPPORTUNITY Potential uses for both waste matrix and spent release liner—from closed-loop recycling through, for example, fuel pellets, engineered fuels, and waste-to-energy are, of course, being identified, examined, and recommended to member companies by all the label associations. Of course, as in all responsible industries, the route to success in this arena begins with lean manufacturing practices and a reduced carbon footprint. FINAT member companies—including label converters, raw material suppliers, press and auxiliary equipment and automatic label applicator manufacturers, and self-adhesive laminators—are already experts here. At all levels of the chain, reduced setup time and material waste have already been achieved, and technology advances have delivered considerable energy savings in such areas as drying—both of labelstock during manufacturing, and inks on-press. Digital technology advances have also streamlined pre- press activities, as well as digital label print—both of which create a hugely flexible platform for label making that even www.flexomag.com year end 2012 Sustainable FLEXO 9
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