Ahlfeldt & Company GmbH
Ahlfeldt & Company print shop takes delivery of
Germany's first climate-neutral Anicolor press from Heidelberg.
The commercial print shop now combines green printing with high-end
Some 62 metric tons of CO2 emissions were generated during
the manufacture of the five-color press with coating unit. This was
offset by investing in a certified climate protection project in
Vietnam. "We see printing as an integrated process that starts with
the manufacture of the press itself. It is impossible for our
day-to-day printing operations to be any more environmentally
friendly than they are with the Anicolor press," Production Manager
Armin Ahlfeldt stated with enthusiasm. "We now need only 20 sheets
for makeready and the quality is simply superb," he continues.
Compared to traditional small-format offset printing, the Anicolor
inking unit cuts make-ready times by almost 40 percent. What's
more, eliminating ink zone setting also makes job changes faster
and reduces waste by up to 90 percent. "Top-quality green printing
isn't a contradiction in terms and the Anicolor press has also
got the economic balance right," says Ahlfeldt.
Since it was founded in 2004, the Ahlfeldt & Company
print shop has posi-tioned itself as an environmentally friendly
high-end business and systematically focused on combining
sustainability with environmental protection. The full-service
print shop employs eight staff and produces commercial products
such as flyers, mailings, brochures, and magazines. Ahlfeldt &
Company is FSC-certified (FSC = Forest Stewardship Council) and
obtains all its paper from a single supplier based in Europe to cut
down on transport. At the prepress stage, a Suprasetter A 75 images
chemical-free printing plates. And Saphira inks with low mineral
oil content are used in production. All the electricity required is
generated from hydroelectric power. Ahlfeldt & Company is one
of the 100 most environmentally friendly companies in the German
state of Hesse. It is the only FSC-certified print shop in
Wiesbaden and also the only one to offer certified climate-neutral
print production. "We work with a large number of regional and
national agencies and industrial customers who ask for products
that employ eco-friendly printing. The Anicolor press will win us
lots of new customers by enabling us to combine green printing with
top quality," explains Ahlfeldt.
The Anicolor press is integrated in the Prinect print shop
workflow and is part of a two-and-a-half-shift production
operation. Print runs vary between 20 and 400,000 sheets. Before
the end of the year, the print shop intends to produce 14 million
prints. This corresponds to between 300 and 400 metric tons of
paper and 13,000 printing plates. "Our strengths are flexibility
and the ability to respond quickly to customer requirements. Our
aim is to continue growing, and we can hardly wait to see, which
solutions Heidelberg will offer us at drupa," concludes Ahlfeldt.
Armin Ahlfeldt (right) and Ralf Anschlag from Heidelberg
Vertrieb in front of the Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor, the press that
proves top-quality green printing is not a contradiction in terms.
This carbon-neutral machine recently started production at the
Ahlfeldt & Company GmbH print shop in Wiesbaden.
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