Currency, Malta Orlof Printing Press Ink Recovery: Spotlight Winner 2006

  This year’s winning entry for Spotlight 2006 in Interlaken, Switzerland was a team from De La Rue’s banknote printing facility in Malta. The team found a way to recover ink used in banknote production on the specialist Orlof printing presses. Usually, up to 60 per cent of the ink used in the press to print banknotes is wiped off and goes to waste, ultimately as landfill. The team found an innovative way to recover ink before it is sent to the waste treatment plant. The solution has potential environmental benefits through reduced waste and water usage at all De La Rue’s production facilities worldwide.