CFP makes environmental move

Cayman Free Press has installed a computer to plate production line for its newspaper operations to achieve and maintain the most environmentally friendly production process.

Cayman Free Press staff

From left, Charles Ebanks, Walwin Clarke and Marjory Bush pose with film no longer in use. Photo: Stephen Clarke

For the past 45 years newspapers have produced printing plates for their presses using film and aluminium. This film has a silver halide present in its emulsion and coupled with the plates, the process renders chemicals that can pose a danger to the environment.

The introduction of this technology and new equipment will eliminate the use of film and the aggressive chemicals traditionally associated with the procedure.

Cayman Free Press Managing Director Brian Uzzell explained, ‘The installation of this plate making equipment is just part of the company’s continuing investment in all areas of its business.’

Mr. Uzzell said the undertaking ‘further demonstrates CFP’s commitment to doing its part to help the environment in Cayman and will challenge the new government to commit to improving the situation that now exists.’

Walwin Clarke, Marjorie Bush and Charles Ebanks have worked in the company’s production and pre-press areas for over 30 years. The three say they have seen many changes in that time, and cited the elimination of these chemicals as probably the most important, as well as the one which they were most pleased with.

A year ago, CFP installed a similar system for its commercial and magazine production.