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Bruno Müller at the drupa touchpoint Sustainability: Smart Factory, the key to sustainable print production

With Touchpoint Sustainability, drupa has established a manufacturer-independent forum. The paper and printing industry has already achieved a great deal along the entire value chain, but this has not yet been fully recognized by consumers. In a presentation at Touchpoint Sustainability, Bruno Müller, CEO of Muller Martini, demonstrated the contribution that Muller Martini can make in print finishing. Muller Martini is pursuing a clear strategy on the path to sustainable production in the printing industry. This is reflected in the Smart Factory.
In implementing its sustainability goals, Muller Martini focuses on three areas: Operations, Equipment and Smart Factory. The CO2 footprint at the individual production sites has been continuously reduced over the years. Sustainability aspects are already incorporated into product development. This ranges from energy consumption and updates that extend the live cycle of the machines to innovative service concepts. "The greatest leverage for sustainable print production lies with our customers. With the Smart Factory, we are providing a concrete approach to significantly reducing CO2 emissions", assures Bruno Müller.

At Touchpoint Sustainability, CEO Bruno Müller presents how Muller Martini's Smart Factory plays a role on the road to sustainable production.
This is not just about technology, but also about business models. After all, 90% of the total CO2 footprint of a Muller Martini machine is generated during the utilization phase. This is why the Swiss finishing specialist is focusing on reducing paper waste and energy consumption. A rethink is therefore necessary in the printing industry, but also among publishers, because the entire value chain - from production to delivery to the customer - must be considered here.
On-demand production, as made possible by Muller Martini's Smart Factory, is the solution for sustainable print production. Bruno Müller illustrated this with a concrete example from book production: In the Smart Factory, only books that have already been sold are produced. And 2,000 of them per hour, even if they differ in format, size and content. This is not a vision, but already a reality today – for example in book or photo book production.

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