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Ink Reclamation Growing, Not Booming

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Ink Reclamation Growing, Not Booming

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Ink reclamation growing, not booming

Increasing public and regulatory pressure for newspapers to clean up their environmental acts has meant growth, not a windfall, for recycling system vendors.

Several vendors of recycling systems and services at ANPA/TEC said sales were continuing, but their business was afflicted by the same recession plaguing newspapers.

"Environmental pressures are up but newspapers' capital budgets are down," said one executive at Semler Industries Inc., which nevertheless reported one of its best years in recent history last year.

Semler introduced what it said was the first recycling system especially designed for water-based flexo news inks.

Selling for $70,000 to $150,000, the unit uses no chemistry and recycles all water and ink.

About half of the flexo newspaper installations are allowed by local authorities to dump cleanup waste from water-based flexo inks into wastewater systems, the others do not, Semler said.

Semler executives expected that increasingly stringent federal regulation of volatile organic compounds, released from oil-based inks during printing, would boost flexo press sales, which have lagged expectations. …

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