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Kurz expands its environmental protection measures

Monday, May 24, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Fuerth, Germany - The stamping foil manufacturer Kurz is strengthening its commitment to eco-friendly manufacturing and processing of stamping foils. During recent years, Kurz installed ultra-modern production facilities in the manufacturing plants in Sulzbach-Rosenberg (Bavaria) and Malaysia thereby enabling the energy usage per finished square meter of foil to be reduced by 23 percent.

Kurz is also standardizing and streamlining its product range to increase the company's production efficiency, while at the same time enabling its customers to use the products more efficiently.

For example, a versatile hot stamping foil called Luxor/ Alufin LX was developed to be easy to process and very low in waste. The new Luxor/Alufin RHS hot stamping foil, which is also especially economical and energy-efficient to use, allows both high processing speeds and high edge definition stamping to be achieved with the same foil.

Global utilization of waste-air cleaning systems
Kurz regards its waste-air cleaning systems – which are the best technology available – as making a particularly significant contribution to environmental protection.

The system works by cleaning the pollutant-containing waste air from the production process, and recovering and returning in full to the production process the released energy. This can cover a substantial proportion of the energy requirements of production and significantly reduce the quantities of CO2 produced.

Kurz employs these waste-air cleaning systems not only in Germany but also in its international manufacturing plants. This has enabled the foil manufacturer to remain substantially below the legally permissible emission levels at all locations.

At the Hefei plant in China, the company has achieved emission levels 20 times lower than the statutory prescribed limits. Kurz has an enormous investment in the installation of waste-air cleaning systems – in the case of China, entirely voluntarily; no other manufacturer in the industry possesses such facilities.

Kurz also places great store on the responsible handling of raw materials, and a stringent raw material selection process. According to the information provided, their raw materials contain no heavy metals or chlorinated or fluorinated solvents. These substances are neither used in the manufacturing process, nor can they be found in the final product.

All residual lacquer from production is distillated off so that it can be at least partially recycled. Kurz disposes of all waste materials conscientiously and properly.

To find out all the details about the company's current environmental plans and its commitment to the environment, visit the Kurz booth D921 in hall 17 at Ipex 2010.




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