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Is tape Eco?

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A discussion among experts from Microsoft Azure, CERN, IBM and Brad Johns Consultants about tape storage solutions and their sustainability.

Are you looking for sustainable storage solutions? Is tape storage really eco-friendly?
These questions have been discussed and answered by five experts in that field. Listen to this group of industry experts discussing how tape storage helps to cut 95% CO2 emission and reduce 80% of e-waste.

Speakers:
Jason Adrian, Principal Hardware Architect for Microsoft Azure Storage.
Vladimir Bahyl, Expert at tape archive at CERN
Shawn Brume, Hyper-growth Storage Product Manager at IBM
Brad Johns, Brad Johns Consultants

Unique way of purifying water at Fujifilm Tilburg together with four neighbour companies

Sustainability is a key subject for Fujifilm in Tilburg. Therefore, let us tell you a story about clean water on today’s World Water Day.

At Fujifilm in Tilburg the Netherlands, we make use of a collective company water treatment. In this water purification installation Fujifilm purifies water on the site, together with three neighbour companies, Coca-Cola European Partners Nederland B.V, International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF Nederland), Agristo. This water purification installation was the first of its kind in the Netherlands: the water purification plant is located on Fujifilm’s premises, it is over 3,000 square metres in size and can purify 10 million litres of process water a day. The companies are connected to the water treatment plant by over 8 kilometres of pipes. Each type of process water runs through its own pipe, so that the chemical composition of the process water can be taken into account.

The water purification takes place by means of biological cleaning through a membrane filter, also called Membrane Bio Reactor (MBR). This technique is well known, but this was one of the largest industrial MBR installations of its kind, and it is unique in the Netherlands.

Alex van Rijn, Manager Environment, Safety, Health & Sustainability at Fujifilm, explains: “The collective company water treatment plant is an initiative, started 10 years ago, by the four neighbour companies. Looking at composition, the combination of the waste water streams of these four companies fits well together to be able to process the waste water in a way that it can be cleaned and discharged in a safe and efficient way. The reason to start the project was that the wastewater plant of the local water board came to its limits and was not able to clean and discharge the future waste water streams of the four involved companies. Fujifilm needs the water for its processes: the products we make, for example photo paper, offset plates, membranes and cell culture media, are sensitive and need very clean water. One of the reasons for starting the factory in the 1980’s in Tilburg, is the presence of very clean well water. Next step in the project for the coming years is to make use of the purified waste water in a way it can be given back to nature and /or agriculture. This fits well in the situation in Noord-Brabant where we face increasing drought in the summers.” Currently, fulfilling all legal specifications, this water is drained to the Wilhelmina canal and in the end to the sea.

Sustainability is a key subject for Fujifilm Tilburg. In the area of sustainability, for the coming years the focus will be on Energy transition, working towards zero carbon production at Fujifilm Tilburg and focus on optimized use of well water by reducing the amount of well water that we use and by making optimal use of the waste water for nature / agriculture. Next to this, the electricity of the production process operates already on wind energy for 100%. Fujifilm generates energy with an afterburner and the waste streams of Fujifilm are recycled for 100%.

The basis of the purification system is the membrane bioreactor (MBR); this is a type of water treatment plant where a membrane filter separates sludge and water under pressure. The membrane consists of a polymer sheet with pores of 0.01-0.5 micrometre. The membrane sheet is in the form of a hollow fibre. The membrane bioreactor consists of a biological water purification unit and membrane filtration unit.
Fujifilm is working together with Coca-Cola European Partners Nederland B.V, International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF Nederland), Agristo and the province, the local waterboards and the local municipalities. The Company “New water Business” (NWB) is exploiting the waste water treatment plant for the four companies.

Print Solutions for a good cause

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German charity BruderhausDiakonie is one of the latest beneficiaries of Fujifilm’s world-leading digital print technology

Fujifilm has a deserved reputation as a technology trailblazer across a huge range of sectors and industries, one of these being digital print technology. In this field, Fujifilm has helped to bring a level of flexibility and quality to print businesses that could not have been imagined just a few years ago.

Thanks to Fujifilm’s proprietary technology, print businesses all around the world are now able to produce much smaller batches at a time – and to do so while maintaining exceptional standards of quality. This means a massive reduction in waste and also in the number of environmentally harmful consumables that have traditionally been part and parcel of the printing process. Fujifilm’s flagship Jet Press 750S digital printing press has, in particular, had a huge impact on the market in recent years.  Helping a wide range of customers, some big, some small; from book printers and packaging printers, to general commercial printers who produce everything from leaflets and magazines to catalogues and business cards.

Every customer is different, with its own unique needs and challenges, but one of our customers in 2020 was even more different than all the others…

Based in Reutlingen in Baden-Württemberg, south-west Germany, BruderhausDiakonie has a long and proud history. In the mid-19th century, theologian Gustav Werner and his wife created one of Germany’s first Christian charities, the Gustav Werner Foundation. On the banks of the river Echaz they formed numerous rescue facilities, schools and factories. Now, almost 200 years later, the Gustav Werner Foundation has merged with the Haus am Berg Foundation to become BruderhausDiakonie, a non-profit organisation offering a network of jobs and workshops for disabled people and those with mental health challenges. As part of its wide offering, the organisation has a graphics workshop which delivers a huge range of digitally printed products. Fujifilm’s Jet Press 750S has become the most recent addition to this workshop and its impact has been huge.

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“Our graphics workshop offers the highest quality in printing,” says Andreas Bauer, head of the social affairs at BruderhausDiakonie. “With the digital printing solutions we have on site, we can provide our customers with brilliantly detailed products. Combining our modern printing techniques with a professional service has been essential to our success for over 30 years.”

BruderhausDiakonie’s graphics workshop had been using traditional offset printing for many of its products over its three-decade existence, but that all changed with the arrival of the Jet Press. “We had been using offset for many years, but we knew a shift to digital was going to be required if we were going to stay competitive,” says Bauer. “We could see a decline in volume of existing jobs and an increase in demand for short-run, highly personalised printed products. We then spoke to other printers in the area about their experiences with digital printing and the name that kept coming up was Fujifilm’s Jet Press.”

“For short and medium run work, it is excellent. Our clients want the best, high-quality products – for years they got that via our offset solutions – but now they’re seeing even better print results and they have acknowledged the improvements in the proofs we have sent to them. Quite simply, the quality of the products we provide has increased, the production time has significantly reduced, and our product portfolio has expanded thanks to the capabilities of the Jet Press – we can now offer our customers products we couldn’t before.”

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The environmental aspects of the Jet Press 750S have also impressed the business: “The aim here at BruderhausDiakonie is for our production to become CO2 neutral by the end of 2021. Sustainability and resource conservation are integral to our philosophy as a business and we’re delighted that the Jet Press fits in effortlessly with this – its water-based ink makes the recycling of products easy for our customers and with low chemical emissions it is a safe machine for all of our workers to be around. We’re hoping to get people who have disabilities using the Jet Press 750S very soon too – its ease of use should make this a seamless operation.”

“We see great potential in inkjet technology,“ he concludes. “And investing in the Jet Press 750S is without doubt one of the best decisions the graphic arts workshop has ever made.”

Click here to learn more about the Fujifilm Jet Press 750S.