Addressing customers environmental concerns is important to us – minimising impact on the environment is an attitude, and it is our attitude.
Environmental policies are nowadays often seen as ‘greenwashing’.
As a responsible and trustworthy manufacturer, we will not try to convince you that the industry of self-adhesive digitally printable and sign materials have no impact on the environment.
Instead, we can point out what we do to make a difference, not only in our philosophy, but our daily work and the processes we deploy – it is certainly not perfect for the planet, but the reality today is our industry cannot exist without PVC and oil based products.
UV-curing technology is more modern than the aqueous and solvent methods traditionally used in the Wide-Format industry.
Not requiring dilution, our adhesive is coated as a ‘solid’, which means:
- No dilution
- No solvents
- No drying ovens
- No post-production handling of chemicals or solvents
- No VOC emissions (Volatile Organic Compounds)
NU-COAT’s compact coating line is only half the size of a tennis court so no need for long, high-energy consumption drying ovens.
UV-curing at NU-COAT saves between 50%-65% of the energy, versus more traditional methods – this makes a major difference!
Also smaller machinery offers further environmental advantages, including:
- Smaller premises require less heating and less lighting
- Shorter production set-ups minimises raw material waste
Our approach from concept to delivery
Despite no specific regulation concerning ozone generated during production, NU-COAT decided from the day one to use specific filters, in order to have no impact on the environment.
Our raw materials suppliers and our coating facilities are both based in Europe, avoiding the shipment of tons of goods around the world, and supporting local economies.
Where possible PVC-free and oil-free solutions are offered if they can provide a good technically capable alternative.
While most manufacturers use 100µ printable PVC films, we reduce PVC content by 20%-25% with thinner but equally opaque films without compromising print processing, cutting or handling.
The heat generated during our production process is, in part, captured and re-used within the NU-COAT building.
Collectively staff constantly review products, processes and proceedures to add sustainability to the life-cycle of our products and to minimise waste in all departments.
The packaging of our rolls is made of recycled cardboard whilst 40% of the material used for producing endcaps is recycled.
Raw material and its packaging remnants are returned to the suppliers for reuse.
Non-coated PVC gets back into PVC products production at the suppliers.
Drums used for raw adhesive are processed through a local metal-recycling plant.