Agfa Graphics Chem-free Solution Reduces Environmental Footprint

Press release from the issuing company

Newspaper printers benefit from 30% less gum consumption and 30% longer bath life with violet chem-free plates
World Publishing Expo 2012, Frankfurt – Agfa Graphics (booth E330) announced today that it has improved its world's leading violet chem-free plate solution for newspapers. The introduction of a new violet newspaper gum, which lowers consumption and extends bath life by 30%, helps newspapers to reduce maintenance and operational costs.

The :N94-VCF plate from Agfa Graphics already offers a series of advantages compared to conventionally processed plates. In Agfa Graphics' :VXCF85 clean-out unit, a pH neutral gum solution washes and protects the polymer plates and makes them ready for press. It eliminates processing parameters, is efficient in use and dramatically reduces chemical waste. The new newspaper gum extends these benefits even further.

"Replenishment with gum is effectively eliminated, which also extends the bath lifecycle from 1200 m² to 1800 m², " said Eric Elyn, Coldset Plant Manager at Coldset Printing Partners in Brussels (Belgium). "This is again a step forward in terms of cost savings and waste reduction, on top of the achievements inherent to using chem-free plates so far."

"Violet chem-free plates make pre-press for newspapers much easier," said Reinhilde Alaert, Product Marketing Manager Visible Light Plates at Agfa Graphics. "The system is more convenient to use than a conventional processor, is so much cleaner to operate as it only involves a pH–neutral gum solution and the plate performs equally well on press. With the new violet newspaper gum, the cleaning is even easier and the maintenance is reduced, which helps to better control the total cost per plate."  

Agfa Graphics exhibits at WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo 2012 in Frankfurt in booth 330, Messe Frankfurt hall 8.


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