HP announced that it has improved its manufacturing process for HP ElectroInks, the liquid inks used in HP Indigo presses — a change that it says has yielded significant benefits in productivity and energy efficiency.
Earlier this year, two HP ElectroInk manufacturing facilities implemented a new particle grinding process that reduces the energy consumption by up to 40 percent in the manufacture of the inks. The company says energy savings come from newly designed custom equipment used in what had been one of the most energy-intensive manufacturing steps for HP ElectroInk.
“HP is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its facilities across the globe,” says Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manger, Indigo division, HP. “Our new HP ElectroInk manufacturing process is an excellent example of how HP focuses on smart innovation — investing in research, product development and materials in ways to benefit our customers, our company and the environment.”
The two HP ElectroInk plants are based in Rehovot, Israel, and Kiryat Gat, Israel. The HP ElectroInk plant in Singapore will also be revamped to adopt the new, energy-efficient manufacturing process.
Through an initiative started with the World Wildlife Fund in 2006, HP has pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its operating facilities worldwide. Separately, HP has pledged to reduce its global energy use by 20 percent by 2010. The company says the new HP ElectroInk manufacturing process supports both of these goals.