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Environmental Strategy of Japanese Digital Printing Industry

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Japan has little domestic energy resources and relies on overseas energy resources for the bulk of its needs. The energy consumption of Japan in 2000 became approximately nine times larger than in 1955, just after the end of the Second World War. Expectations for the role of energy conservation are increasing, due to the exacerbation of global environmental problems. These suggest that we need not only the reduction of electricity consumption but also the reduction of environmentally-unfriendly materials and the adoption of product recycling.

Some consider environmental conservation to be a burden on the economy. For a corporation, in order to sustain effective environmental conservation activities, the activities themselves must be part of a system that yields profits and enhances the corporate structure. In business processes, environmental conservation activities and profit yielding activities must be oriented in the same direction, and for this reason, these can be achieved at the same time by sharpening our ingenuity. We defined our environmental management as a “management that conserves the environment while creating economic value”. By setting a high level of environmental target, and accelerating process innovation and development of environmental technologies for products, the environmental loads and costs will be reduced by saving energy and resources while enhancing the product competitiveness.

I will show an environmental management system and some typical environmental technologies developed in the Japanese digital printing industry.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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