Testing carried out in Germany has concluded that HP PageWide Digital Presses are able to produce easily recyclable water-based corrugated packaging.
The results have been provided by the independent testing laboratory Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS), which confirm that corrugated converters are able to use HP PageWide Digital Presses in order to produce easily recyclable corrugated packaging for products.
PTS’ report states that for the materials to be recycled with ease, there are no extra steps or costly processes involved, further helping to strengthen the environmental responsibility profile of HP digital production printing following HP’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent, a pledge made in 2017.
Laboratory Testing of HP PageWide Digital Presses
According to their testing notes, PTS carried out several laboratory tests on both HP PageWide coated and uncoated printed samples with water-based inks on corrugated board according to PTS method RH 021/97.
This method addresses recyclability of paper, paperboard and board for packaging materials and packages for generally accepted procedures for trouble-free production of recovered paper-based materials for packaging.
PTS commented that the sample prints carried out with HP PageWide C500’s HP CV150 water-based inks and HP PageWide Web Press series’ HP A30 water-based inks onto both coated and uncoated media added “no optical disturbing inhomogeneities” to recycled pulp.
HP PageWide as a Sustainable Solution
One current beneficiary of this type of equipment and one that is using it in the general market is the corrugated paper printing company, Ghelfi Dulati, based in Italy.
Commenting on how HP PageWide Digital Presses has helped not only their business, but other leading brands in Southern Europe with an innovative solution, Digital Program Manager, Luca Simoncini provides his view:
“Our customers require sustainable solutions, leading us to choose a water-based solution that meets our recycling requirements. HP digital presses operating alongside analogue presses enable seamless recycling of materials to our recycling stream.
We are pleased to get this confirmation for water-based digital print to ensure the recyclability of digital print for our customers.”
Reinforcing the HP Sustainability Mission
Explaining how these tests further contribute to HP’s overall sustainability aims and objectives, General Manager for the HP PageWide Industrial Division at HP, Eric Wiesner, adds:
“Demand for corrugated packaging is increasing rapidly, along with increasingly stringent requirements for environmental safety, including supporting a circular economy with recyclability.
HP is committed to helping our customers recycle responsibly. The PTS recyclability results for HP PageWide corrugated print further reinforce the HP sustainability mission to support environmental responsibility.”
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