Environmental Business Research Institute - EBRI - “Mi-chan’s Adventure!” No. 8 Noge Printing Corporation Environmental Business Research Institute EBRI

  • “Mi-chan’s Adventure!”

  • www.noge.co.jpNo. 8 Noge Printing Corporation

    This time, I visited Noge Printing Corporation which was asked to print the EBRI leaflet. The company is located in Yokohama City, Kanagawa.

    Description of business

    We deal with commercial printing, such as the merchandising products used by companies.

    The event which triggered our company to be more aware of environmental issues took place four years ago (2004); in order to obtain ISO14001 approval, we decided to make our business environmentally friendly and started offering “waterless printing”.

    Waterless printing is not a new method, but has been established for almost 30 years. At first, it was started as a method which could produce higher quality paper than conventional methods, but it was not used by many, and remained a widely unknown technology.

    However, around the year 2000, it came under the spotlight as an environmentally responsible method, since it doesn’t require water, and consequently, does not produce waste water.

    We also started to focus our attention on this point, and installed “waterless printing” for all machinery except where certain special printing techniques were required.

    In addition to this, a year later, we obtained a certification called “FSC”. Authorization is issued by an international certification body based in Germany.

    In contrast to the traditional idea of recycling paper, it is an idea to manage forests, the source of the raw material from which paper is produced, in a sustainable way, and to use only what is needed.

    This certification system means it is not only our company which obtains approval: all the companies in the supply chain, including the sustainably managed forests, paper manufacturing companies, printers, and processors must all also obtain the certification. Otherwise, “FSC” certification is not allowed to be marked on the products. This means customers can benefit from more reliable and perfectly safe products.

    Also, in the field of inks, we started to shift our inks to “Soy Ink,” which is made using soy oil, and “Non VOC,” which is environmentally friendly.

    Now we develop business materials which are “not just good for the environment, but also good for merchandising and expanding opportunities” and “cost-saving.”


    In the afternoon, we were invited to see their printing factory. It is located about 30 minutes away from the office, and it is very close to “Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise.”

    Printing materials finished at the factory undergo very thorough checks; the company was making products with which customers can be more than satisfied.

    In the EBRI conference room, we have an area where leaflets of the companies run by EBRI members are displayed.
    Please feel free to have a look at them when you visit EBRI.

    Asking about environmentally friendly printing material

    Asking about environmentally friendly printing material

    Very strict checking regime

    Very strict checking regime