GEW Honored with First Label Industry Green Award
SURREY, UK—GEW Ltd. has been awarded the first Green Award for suppliers at the Label Industry Global Awards 2009. Presented by the Tarsus Group at Labelexpo Europe, the award honors companies taking collaborative action to reduce their impact on the environment before restrictive legislation is imposed.
The Green Award competition included a number of different entries that offered a broad range of solutions for label converters to reduce their impact on the environment. All submissions were cross-evaluated using five criteria: pollution reduction/prevention and environmental leadership, economic effectiveness, relevance to the industry, responsible sourcing, and potential for advancement.
GEW Ltd. was presented the first Green Award for suppliers for its e-System UV ink curing equipment. The e-System reduces running power by 30 percent and decreases carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent, while extending lamp life and bringing significant cost savings to users.
"This award is the result of proactive efforts put in by the design and development team at GEW based on reducing energy costs for printers and concerns about climate change and the environment," said Malcolm Rae, managing director for GEW Ltd. "We are delighted to have received this award in the face of such strong competition."
Roger Pellow, Labelexpo managing director, commented, "The environment is an important issue for all printers and converters, and indeed the label industry needs to engage in this debate. I personally, and we as a group, believe that by adopting Green initiatives a company can gain a commercial competitive advantage while becoming more efficient and more profitable."
NewPage Corp. Becomes SGP Patron
LOVELAND, Ohio—The Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership announced the addition of NewPage Corp. to the SGP Patron Program as a Platinum Patron. NewPage is the first paper company to join as an SGP Platinum Patron, the highest patronage level. "NewPage is pleased to support the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership," states Dave Bonistall, vice president of environmental health and safety for NewPage. "By working together with our supply chain partners, we can more effectively lower the environmental footprint and improve the social responsibility of printed communications."