FIAUK Diamond Partner MacDermid Graphics Solutions has developed a new process to recycle flexographic printing plates. This patent-pending technology, called PlateCycle, is in trials in North America.
“Over 20 million lbs. of flexographic plates end up landfilled or used in waste-to-energy processes every year in the US alone. This compelled us to develop our own technology to expedite a renewable and sustainable way to eliminate this waste by focusing on total reuse,” said Ryan Vest, Director of Innovation at MacDermid Graphics Solutions (MGS).
Actively managing environmental issues is our responsibility as a good corporate citizen. We are
committed to protecting our planet by combating climate change, including contributing to a lower carbon future, and being responsible water and waste stewards. It is an all-encompassing effort which involves innovation, investment and collaboration with partners, customers, and the entire supply chain to make a difference. These are just a few ways that you can contribute too. Contact us to get involved.
Investments in Equipment and Plant Infrastructure
MacDermid is also investing heavily in equipment and plant infrastructure in the form of a new state-of-the-art 100-foot photopolymer plate production line is coming online in Q4 2023. This is after significant qualification work to ensure that the product matches the same high quality standards that our customers have come to expect from our parallel operation in Morristown, Tennessee.
The new line located in Wigan, United Kingdom improves logistics and supply chain for customers in the EMEA region. The investment includes a new 2,800 SQM warehouse which has solar panels on the roof. The panels provide additional green energy to the site, which is already supplied with electricity from 100% renewable sources. Electric vehicle charging points have been installed outside the warehouse to support lower emission distribution in the future.
A fully equipped quality and development laboratory containing the latest flexo plate production
equipment and supporting technologies is also near completion in the UK. The facility also uses
electricity from 100% renewable sources.