2016 Kodak SONORA Green Leaf Award: Kunshan KAVA Printing Co., Ltd.

KAVA: Leading China’s Printing Industry Into An Eco-friendly Era

KAVA Printing is a pioneer in eco-friendly printing in China and has set the pace for how the industry approaches sustainable print. An early adopter of digital printing, KAVA understands that printing technology has the potential to deliver productivity increases, while also yielding gains in their objective to become a more sustainable business. In 2015 KAVA took a big step forward down this path, becoming the first printer in China to select Kodak’s SONORA UV Process Free Plates. The switch to process free plate making means Kava no longer has to spend the time and money treating the nearly two tons of chemical waste the operation was generating annually. It has also increased the speed at which they operate, with plates getting to press quicker. In addition to using Kodak SONORA UV Process Free Plates, KAVA is IPA-free. They now print with UV ink– which contains no solvents compared to traditional ink, adding to the company’s efforts to eliminate chemical waste during the printing process.

KAVA’s sustainable print model has also elevated the company’s reputation among one its most important customer groups, consumer packaged good companies. For these brands, the environmental credentials of their print suppliers can mean the difference between winning and losing the contract. Investment in technology like SONORA is a big reason that brands from the cosmetics, infant formula, and consumer goods sector continue to place their trust and print jobs with KAVA.

KAVA’s approach to managing its impact on the environment is also earning applause from China’s regulators –who have made it a priority for industry’s like printing to reduce their environmental impact. It received the “Energy-efficient Star Award” in 2012 and the “Clean Production Enterprise Certificate” in 2014 from the government. In 2016, KAVA reinforced its commitment to the environment and social responsibility by establishing the Suzhou City Green Printing Engineering and Technology Research Center. In the same year, the company showcased its green printing practices at the prestigious Suzhou Technology Fair. The company also holds the vice chairmanship of the Kunshan Packaging Industry Association.

“KAVA has been committed to printing responsibly since we first set-up our operation. We’re proud to take a leadership role in this very important area for the print industry in China. Our sustainable printing practices are an important part of running a healthy and profitable business,” commented Mr. Wang Jian Hua, general manager of KAVA Printing.

Kodak was proud to honor KAVA with the 2016 Kodak SONORA Green Leaf Award. The recognition shines a spotlight on KAVA’s leadership and influential voice as an eco-friendly printing enterprise in one of the world’s largest print markets.

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