Four Injet Makers Form Deinking Research Group
Sept. 9, 2008 - A group of four manufacturers of high-volume production inkjet presses have formed an alliance to assess digital print compatibility with current deinking and paper recycling processes worldwide.
HP, InfoPrint Solutions Company, Kodak's Graphic Communications Group, and OcÚ N.V. have formed the Digital Print De-inking Alliance (DPDA) to support jointly sponsored research on the recyclability of inkjet-printed paper.
According to HP, technical representatives from each company have been meeting regularly to define the objectives and scope for needed research. DPDA-sponsored studies will be focused on the deinking of inkjet prints, but will also examine that focus in the context of deinking of other print technologies.
Although many paper recyclers are successfully using digitally printed papers in their process today, there is a need for industry standards worldwide, as well as a need for test methods to compare recycling efficiency between different print technologies and recycling processes, HP said.
The DPDA was founded to sponsor focused, objective research to identify printer, paper, or chemical additive solutions (or a combination thereof), ensuring deinking/recycling approaches that are cost-effective and practical and that enhance industry sustainability practices.
DPDA said it is actively engaging all relevant parties-paper manufacturers, paper recyclers, deinking chemical and equipment manufacturers, and researchers, worldwide.