Alliance Created to Support Inkjet Recyclability Research

By | September 10, 2008

HP, InfoPrint Solutions Company, Kodak´s Graphic Communications Group, and Oce N.V have created an alliance to support inkjet recyclability research. The alliance formed as Digital Print De-inking Alliance (DPDA) will jointly sponsor research on the recyclability of inkjet-printed paper.

With the recent announcements of high-volume production inkjet presses at drupa, many within the industry have expressed concerns over the recyclability of applications printed on these new systems.

According to the announcement release by the DPDA, “Many paper recyclers are successfully using digitally printed papers in their process today, but there is a need for industry standards worldwide, as well as a need for test methods to compare recycling efficiency between different print technologies and recycling processes. The DPDA was founded to sponsor focused, objective research to identify printer, paper, or chemical additive solutions (or a combination thereof), ensuring de-inking/recycling approaches that are cost-effective and practical and that enhance industry sustainability practices. The DPDA is committed to actively engaging all relevant parties: paper manufacturers, paper recyclers, de-inking chemical and equipment manufacturers, and researchers, worldwide.”

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  1. Bob Raus

    This is an exciting and necessary undertaking – and I applaud the efforts here. I suspect that if done well, this will become a driving factor in the adoption of production inkjet systems. The key will be for this team to define the scope of this effort and deliver progress in phases by ink technology, substrate type and geographical market amongst others.

    There is a need to address all types of inkjet inks including aqueous, solvent (aggressive, eco-friendly and others) and also UV inks. Aqueous and solvent based inks are absorbed into the substrates (papers, vinyl, paper boards, corrugated, etc.) and will require different processes than removing UV inks which tend to have extremely high adhesion rates, be absorbed less and dry on the surface of the substrates.

    In addition to these industry leading companies, I suggest that several leading inkjet ink and substrate manufacturers, plus several leading waste management and recycling companies be added to this group. The group will benefit from increased knowledge and experience, and the market will benefit from a wider reach and faster adoption of the team deliverables and recommendations.

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