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Opening of new production line at Fujifilm Tilburg by HRH Prince Willem-Alexander

His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange attended today the opening of Fujifilm Tilburg’s third production line for offset plates. The Prince of Orange did this with Mr S. Komori, President and CEO of FUJIFILM Corporation Tokyo. The new production line was explained to the Prince of Orange during his visit.

The opening ceremony’s theme was based entirely upon sustainability and innovation. In order to emphasise the sustainable nature of the new production line, the plant was officially opened with a literal ‘green footprint’. The Prince of Orange and Mr Komori made their footprint in green clay to open the factory.

Minister Verhagen of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation praised Fujifilm for being a company operating in the top economic sector which is helping to solve social issues. Mr Komori stressed the importance of the Tilburg factory to Fujifilm: the first and largest production facility outside of Japan. The Japanese ambassador to the Netherlands, Mr Koezuka spoke about the importancy of the economic relation between Japan and The Netherlands. The Queen’s Commissioner for Brabant, Mr Van de Donk and the Mayor of Tilburg, Mr Noordanus also attended the opening.

The green factory
The opening of the new production line potentially makes the Tilburg factory the largest in the world for offset plates. Among the workforce, the production line is known as ‘the green factory’ for a number of reasons. It will, for example, produce environment-friendly offset plates (these plates require less chemicals during the development process at the printers). Additionally, the new production line has a CTO (Co-generative Thermal Oxidizer). This is a form of afterburner which is fed with natural gas and waste gases from the factory. The energy thus generated can be fully re-introduced into the production process.

As well as making the current products more sustainable, Fujifilm is also striving to create a 100% carbon-neutral business. The five wind turbines on the site are already contributing 20% to this goal. Furthermore, the new products which are being developed here are aimed at green markets. Hence Fujifilm is currently developing membranes which make it possible to generate ‘blue energy’: energy obtained from the flow between salt water and fresh water.

The line is 330 metres long, with an average width of 35 metres and a maximum height of 22 metres. It was constructed using 850 tons of steel and 5500 m3 of concrete.

About FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V.
FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. in Tilburg, the Netherlands, is one of the largest FUJIFILM production companies outside of Japan. The company was founded in 1982, and employs around 900 people on a 63 hectare site. FUJIFILM Tilburg produces both offset plates and photographic paper, as well as having its own Research and Development team. FUJIFILM Tilburg has been producing offset plates for the graphics industry since 1991. Printers use these plates to print newspapers, magazines and packaging materials (in the offset process), for example.

Source: FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. press release, 8 December 2011