BC’s Thunderbird Press joins Agfa Graphics’ GreenWorks Program

Thunderbird Press (Richmond, British Columbia) recently started using Azura chemistry-free plates from Agfa Graphics Canada to become more environmentally sustainable. Originally founded as a small family business in 1967, the shop has grown to become one of the premier commercial printers in British Columbia. It’s built a respected and trusted reputation among its customers, employees and industry peers. “We wanted to ensure that our people enjoy a good, successful working environment – and Azura offers chemistry-free plate production,” said Edwin Nosworthy, Vice-President at Thunderbird Press. “The Azura system provides high-quality imaging while reducing chemistry, waste and energy usage. Our prepress staff quickly transitioned to Azura plates for more stable and consistent outcomes. These plates run cleaner than our previous plates, and reduce our time spent on maintenance.”

Thunderbird Press uses Azura chemistry-free thermal plates for a safer working environment.

Greenworks, as part of Agfa Graphics’ corporate strategy, supports printers who, through their actions, have demonstrated environmental responsibility. The program recognizes customers in the printing and graphic communications industry in North America who achieve greener outcomes through technology, products, services and practices. Azura is a chemistry-free thermal plate for low-volume to medium-volume commercial printers seeking a safer work environment without chemical processing. It preserves high-quality imaging without press changes, and offers reduced waste and disposal costs associated with chemicals. Providing the convenience of daylight handling, Azura offers simplified platemaking with advanced ThermoFuse technology and, depending on press conditions, can provide up to 100,000 impressions.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.