Aitken Spence unveils country’s first green printing facility

2012-07-23 02:22:21

Aitken Spence Printing recently opened Sri Lanka’s first ever eco-friendly green printing facility in Mawaramandiya with an investment of USD 7 million.

The new facility launched by Aitken Spence has incorporated various architectural and design elements to make it an environmentally friendly complex.

Rain water harvesting, recycling 40 percent of its raw materials, day-light harvesting, maximum savings on energy are some of these initiatives of the company.

Other initiatives include the internal pathways made to reduce temperature and improvement in water retention, while an affluent treatment plant will treat waste water so that no toxic materials are discharged by the plant.

Further to these green initiatives taken by the company, it has also invested in the latest printing and packaging technology.

The latest large for mat Hiedelberg six color press plus coater and Hiedelberg varimetrix flatbed foil stamping and die cutting machine, a new hybrid UV or water based coating machine and a Horizon binding line are also available at the Company’s 100,000 square foot facility.

“With our enhanced positioning, in addition to offering businesses in Sri Lanka printing and packaging solutions that are globally comparable, we are confident that we will be able to considerably increase our exports,” Prasanna Karunathilake, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Printing said.

He pointed out that the Company will be now able to increase its exports to their key markets in Europe and Australia as well as enter new markets in the Middle East and Africa.

Meanwhile Harry Jayawardena, Chairman, Aitken Spence PLC commended the management, both past and present, of Aitken Spence Printing for taking the Company through the hardships it faced and bringing it to this stage.

“This Company faced various problems in the past, both due to a fire that destroyed the entire building it was operating in, and also due to various industrial disputes but has now resolved them and is moving ahead strongly” Jayawardena said.

Aitken Spence Printing is well known as a printing and packaging solutions provider for prestigious international brands in FMCG, tea, confectionary, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and apparel industries locally and globally.

It is also recognized for printing corporate reports, coffee-table books, magazines and other highend publications.

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