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Océ Provides Real World, Economical Tips for Reprographers to Meet Sustainability Goals

12 Sep, 2012

Trumbull, CT– September 6, 2012– Establishing sustainable business practices continues to be a focus across all industries, including architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), manufacturing and retail, among others. This commitment to environmentally responsible practices can greatly impact which companies a business chooses to work with and the equipment used. As a result, many reprographers are initiating business strategies that not only decrease their own environmental footprint but also support the like-minded goals of their customers.

Below, Océ, a Canon Group company and an international leader in digital document management, outlines some of the key tactics that leading reprographers in the United States use to promote sustainability and aid the pursuit of environmentally responsible business practices by their customers.¹

Selecting Energy Efficient Equipment

Reprographers striving to embed sustainability into their daily operations are embracing printing equipment that supports responsible paper use, low-emissions, and energy conservation while still producing the highest quality prints. ENERGY STAR®-rated printers boost energy efficiency, and converting to equipment that uses solid toner or cartridge-free technology helps eliminate the amount of waste that traditionally ends up in landfills.

By upgrading to more efficient wide format printers and scanners, reprographers are able to complete print jobs faster, reducing the amount of time the machines need to run at full speed and minimizing the need for after hours print runs.

In addition to how the printing equipment operates during a print job, there are other factors that contribute to the sustainability aspect of equipment. Often, products are manufactured with consideration for waste prevention and are designed for re-use and recyclability to gain maximum utilization and minimize landfill use. Utilizing equipment with an upgradeable design makes it easier to add new modules to existing equipment, thus preventing equipment from prematurely entering the “waste stream”.

Using Recycled Paper

For reprographers, determining how to conserve, recycle and process paper more responsibly is a natural component of sustainable business practices. Consequently, many are now providing and encouraging products designed to promote sustainability for both customers and their own operations.

While the cost of using recycled paper may be slightly higher than using non-recycled media, many customers are less concerned about the associated costs than they are with the environmental payback. And, because the look and feel of today’s recycled paper is virtually indistinguishable from virgin bond, reprographers can ensure they are supplying high quality documents.

Another option reprographers can offer to customers is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified paper. Both FSC and SFI certifications help ensure that the paper was derived from trees from responsibly managed and sustainable forests.

Taking a More Digital Approach

Recognizing that minimizing the use of paper is a clear way to support sustainability goals, many reprographers are offering digital alternatives for submitting and managing print jobs. Allowing clients to place, print, plan and bid for jobs online enables reprographers’ clients to print only when absolutely necessary, which can dramatically reduce paper output and unnecessary waste.

Reprographers can also send a client’s job electronically to the print shop closest to the final destination – reducing the need for shipping. Additionally, reprographers can take a more digital approach to their internal processes by converting training and sales meetings to a virtual environment.

Making Sustainable Choices

There are also a number of other steps reprographers can take to improve their own sustainability efforts.  This includes replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED lighting, upgrading thermostat controllers to minimize energy use, replacing plastic product bags with biodegradable wrapping, and implementing recycling programs for paper, cardboard, cans and bottles.

Reprographers can also continue their sustainability efforts outside of their facilities by reducing the environmental impact of their travel. Some reprographers are switching their fleets to hybrid vehicles as well as establishing programs to incentivize employees to use more sustainable transportation methods when commuting to work such as carpooling, taking public transit and walking or biking.
Green Business is Good Business

Sustainability continues to become an increasing integral part of company cultures and operations. Reprographers that understand the mindset and sustainability goals of their customers are in a position to grow their own businesses while also promoting sustainable business practices. To support these initiatives and position themselves to serve the ever-growing group of companies that are making sustainability a part of their businesses, reprographers should work with manufacturers that offer wide format printing solutions and media that encourage and enable sustainable business practices.

For more information about how Océ is helping reprographers meet their sustainability goals visit, http://www.oceusa.com/sustainableprinting

(¹ Based on submissions for the 2011 Green Reprographer of the Year award)

About Océ
Océ is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Océ offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. Océ is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Océ customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Océ is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide.  Océ North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL.  For more information, visit www.oce.com.

Océ and Canon: Stronger together
In 2010 Océ joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to create the global leader in the printing industry. Canon develops, manufactures and markets a growing line-up of copying machines, printers, cameras, optical and other products that meet a diverse range of customer needs. The Canon Group comprises over 198,000 employees worldwide. Global net sales in 2011 totaled USD 45.6 billion. Visit the Canon Inc. website at www.canon.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.                                                                                   
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2011* and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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