Sun Chemical’s 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report continues to focus on its data-driven sustainability efforts by reporting the performance measurement for seven key sustainability metrics: energy consumption/conservation at production and non-production sites, the energy carbon footprint at the production sites, process waste reduction, water consumption, materials safety, and employee safety.
In the report, Sun Chemical introduces a new internal web-based collecting system called EcoTrack. EcoTrack enables continuous monitoring, gives more transparency, and improves data quality check capabilities of the seven key sustainability metrics.
EcoTrack will be a key tool moving forward in Sun Chemical’s road map objective to review target improvement opportunities. Sun Chemical has collected data for the key sustainability metrics since 2005 from approximately 170 Sun Chemical sites in over 25 countries, and this data has been uploaded into the system to keep continuity in data reporting.
“At Sun Chemical, we’re challenging ourselves to look for ways we can improve our processes at individual sites by monitoring key metrics to understand and manage our environmental impact,” says Gary Andrzejewski, Sun Chemical’s corporate vice president of environmental affairs. “EcoTrack is one example of ways we our improving our processes in data collection. In 2013, there are many examples of how our own manufacturing facilities have been challenging themselves with regard to eco-efficiency. We’ve accomplished a lot in 2013 that we are proud of.”
Sun Chemical also announced the launch of a new online troubleshooting guide designed to help customers resolve common technical defects that can arise during a press run. The website provides solutions to help customers solve any challenge they may be facing with their flexographic, sheetfed, paper packaging, gravure, and/or energy curable printing issues. After choosing the printing process, the online guide uses both photos and defect terms (dot gain, pinholes, feathering, comets, etc.) to help the printer identify which technical problem they are facing. Then they can read the solution provided by Sun Chemical to resolve their particular challenge.
“We want to provide our customers with a useful tool that helps them troubleshoot issues that can occur on a press,” says Penny Holland, vice president of marketing, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. “Our customers need to keep their pressrooms running smoothly and limit downtime. This online solution can help them resolve problems. It is just another way that we are working for our customers.”