EYSINS, SWITZERLAND, Monday, December 14, 2015 —

Kodak has presented Amsterdam-based customer, Drukkerij de Bij, with the prestigious KODAK SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award for Europe. It is the first time that the award, which is only awarded to those customers that show outstanding efforts to reduce environmental impact, has gone to a Dutch printing company.

Drukkerij de Bij has implemented several initiatives to reduce energy, water and waste, in addition to using KODAK SONORA process Free Plates. The company uses energy efficient equipment and renewable energy and monitors energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. It also monitors water usage and extensively recycles paper, cardboard, packaging, aluminium plates, batteries and electronic components. In addition, Drukkerij de Bij uses bio inks, alcohol-free solvents and FSC certified and recycled paper during the printing process. The company proudly promotes its sustainable practices to customers and vendors as a unique differentiator.

Expressing his delight at winning the award, Norbert van Schie, owner of Drukkerij de Bij, said: “I had not expected this. To be presented with this award is such a special recognition for our company. AtéCé, our KODAK SONORA Plates supplier, recommended we submit an entry for the award and being on the shortlist of three firms in Europe was quite something, but actually winning the award is testament to our efforts to reduce waste and drive down our environmental impact.”

Pim Nijenhof, Director of Kodak Benelux, added: “Drukkerij de Bij are leaders in sustainable printing.  Of course, we sincerely hope that giving them this award acts as an incentive for other printers to join De Bij’s example in pursuing a policy of sustainability.”