Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is adding the Saphira
Eco line to its portfolio of high-quality consumables. These new
products have been tested extensively to ensure their environmental
compatibility. The range, which Heidelberg will continue to expand,
covers the entire value added chain from prepress and press to
postpress. It also meets the strictest industry standards and
statutory requirements, even surpassing them in some cases. The
first Saphira Eco products will include CtP plates, inks, coatings,
adhesives, and washup and dampening solutions.
Saphira Eco consumables enable print shops to meet the
requirements of international and regional environmental
certification programs such as Nordic Swan, the European EcoLabel,
and the Austrian environmental label.
Saphira Eco products conserve resources, enable stable
production, and ensure fewer emissions such as volatile organic
compounds and ammonia.
Strictest criteria for verifying the environmental compatibility
of consumables in the print media industry
To ensure transparent and fact-based labeling of
particularly eco-friendly consumables, Heidelberg has committed
itself to meeting a catalog of criteria geared toward the
principles of "substitution", "reduction", and
"offsetting". The criteria, which are being continuously
monitored and developed, can be accessed online at
Although various environmental labels already exist in the print
media industry, none of these take into account all the
environmental criteria relevant for consumables. From these labels,
Heidelberg has adopted the criteria that are key for consumables
and used the strictest standards to do so. The result is the
Saphira Eco product line, which is based on the most comprehensive
and toughest criteria for consumables in the print media industry.
Systematic environmental protection - substitution, reduction,
The extensive product line of Saphira Eco consumables is
based on three key principles:
Wherever possible, mineral and synthetic
components are replaced with renewable resources in Saphira Eco
The possible environmental impact of components
in consumables that cannot yet be replaced is dramatically reduced
thanks to the introduction of strict limits.
Users of consumables can offset their CO2
footprint by purchasing emissions certificates.
"Using consumables has a not insignificant impact on a
print shop's environmental performance over a press's
entire lifespan. With the Saphira Eco line, Heidelberg is therefore
addressing customers who place great importance on their
company's environmental performance and don't wish to make
any compromises on quality when using eco-friendly consumables.
Heidelberg is thus once again underlining the fact that harmonizing
economy and ecology is not a contradiction in terms," says
Marcel Kiessling, Member of the Management Board at Heidelberg
responsible for Heidelberg Services.
The products will be available worldwide from the middle of
2011. Users can purchase these directly from Heidelberg agencies /
the Online Shop of the respective national organizations.
With the Saphira Eco line, Heidelberg is adding
particularly eco-friendly products to its range of consumables.
Saphira Eco products are based on the strictest criteria in the
print media industry for verifying the environmental compatibility
Heidelberg reserves the Saphira Eco label for those
consumables whose environmental compatibility has been
Further information for journalists:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Phone: +49 6221 92 5077
Fax: +49 6221 92 99 5077