FUJIFILM Europe launches revolutionary new solvent free wash

A breakthrough for the newspaper market with outstanding cleaning power

Solvent free wash

Solvent free wash

FUJIFILM Europe today announces the launch of a brand new solvent free wash. A technology breakthrough, this new generation of VOC-free wash has been developed in such a way that it contains neither hydrocarbons nor vegetable oil derivates common in standard offset washes. Additionally, the wash does not need to be mixed with water as it cleans both ink and paper dust at the same time, leading to a simplified filtering process for re-use.

Fujifilm has invested heavily in R&D to develop a product that meets the ideal requirements of offset printers, with no compromise to cleaning ability, press downtime or the filtering process, benefiting busy newspaper production environments. The end result is that printers will not experience any of the disadvantages typically seen with low evaporating washes. Standard VOC-free washes used today tend to evaporate slowly, resulting in a wet blanket after the cleaning process. These washes therefore need to be mixed with water to get a dry blanket for a reduction in re-start copies, which in turn leads to increased volumes of liquid for waste disposal.

Fujifilm´s new solvent free wash is ideal for newspaper production as it evaporates extremely quickly, leaving a dry blanket, without the additional step of cleaning the wash off with water. This not only shortens the time taken for the blanket to be ready for printing, therefore dramatically reducing paper-waste and contributing to increased productivity, but it is also in tune with Fujifilm´s ethos of being as environmentally friendly as possible.

The new solvent free wash means newspaper printers will no longer need to compromise. As there will be no need for the wash to be mixed with water (and therefore no need to separate wash and water in the processing unit), the traditional wash filtration process will be simplified considerably. ``We spent a lot of time considering how best to tackle two key issues in the development of this wash,´´ says Dieter Zang, technical manager Graphic Arts Chemicals, FUJIFILM Europe. ``On one hand the need for printers to efficiently clean their presses, and on the other the need to minimise environmental impact. With our expertise drawn from different areas of the company, we have been able to develop a wash which is unique in its performance. With minimal impact on the environment due to the elimination of VOCs, and the fact that it leaves a dry blanket after cleaning, we are confident that the printing industry won’t look back.´´

He continues, ``Feedback from the trials for the new wash have been extremely positive, including comments from Sydostpressarna in Sweden about the excellent cleaning power for both ink- and paper dust build-up, and the dry blanket after washing. In addition, the negligible smell due to the absence of solvents is resulting in a much better working environment.´´

The new solvent free wash will be available in Q1 2010.

About Fujifilm FUJIFILM Corporation (NASDAQ:FUJI) brings continuous innovation and leading- edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2009, had global revenues of 18 billion Euro. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit

About FUJIFILM Graphic Systems FUJIFILM Graphic Systems is a stable, long term partner focussed on delivering high quality, technically advanced print solutions that help printers develop competitive advantage and grow their businesses. The company’s financial stability and unprecedented investment in R&D enable it to develop proprietary technologies for best-in-class printing. These include pre-press and pressroom solutions for offset, wide-format and digital print, as well as workflow software for print production management. Fujifilm is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, proactively working to preserve the environment, and strives to educate printers about environmental best practice.


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