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ContiTech produces climate-neutral printing blankets

Mar 3, 2010 12:00 AM

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Northeim, Germany-based ContiTech Elastomer Coatings has introduced a climate-neutral process for making its printing blankets. This new production process eliminates up to 70% of the climate-damaging CO2 emissions released in the production of printing blankets. The company offsets the residual CO2 emissions by supporting a natureOffice reforestation project in Panama, for which it acquires climate protection certificates.

ContiTech carries the climate-neutral printing blankets in its Conti-Air HC lineup under the Pure Printing label and in its Phoenix Xtra Blankets Carat series under the Climate-Xtra-Blankets label. Heinz-Gerhard Wente, chairman of the executive board, ContiTech AG, says, "Our driving concern is always to contribute to enhancing the quality of life and environmental protection. We're involved where the future's in the making - which means especially in the printing industry, too, with climate-neutral printing blankets."

"We are proud to be the world's first manufacturer marketing climate-neutral printing blankets and thus able, in this major way, to contribute to environmentally sound printing. And this is achieved at no extra cost to our customers," adds Heiko Eymer, head of the Elastomer Coatings business unit.

The calendering process used in making Conti-Air HC and Phoenix Xtra Blankets Carag series printing blankets is chiefly responsible for the small carbon footprint. A steel roller forms the rubber into a slab of the requisite thickness. This is a much more energy-efficient approach than the conventional coating process. Solvent additives can be dispensed with, so VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions are greatly reduced.