W.R. Grace Australia Limited

Solvent Reduction in the Printing Process: WR Grace (Australia)

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Courtesy of W.R. Grace Australia Limited

W.R. Grace Australia Ltd has achieved considerable savings from reducing solvent losses from its flexible plastic printing operations. The installation of enclosed ‘doctor’ blades on the printing presses and better control of ink viscosity is saving the company $600,000 per annum.

Background

W.R. Grace Australia Ltd is a leading company in perishable food packaging and speciality chemicals, with plants located throughout Australia. The company employs 850 people nationwide. W.R. Grace’s Fawkner plant in Melbourne participated in the Victorian Cleaner Production Demonstration Program in 1992. Under this program, W.R. Grace investigated opportunities for the reduction of solvent use and emissions from its flexible plastic printing operations.

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