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Leading North Carolina Commercial Printer Expands Environmental Program

Posted on April 17, 2013

THOMASVILLE, NC – Wright Global Graphics Solutions, a leader in packaging and marketing solutions, announced it would begin manufacturing from chemical-free printing plates later this month. This move will allow Wright to produce significantly less chemical waste during the printing process, reducing the need dispose of harmful chemicals into the environment and decreasing the negative environmental impact often associated with traditional offset printing.

Offset printing is a common printing technique where the inked image is not directly pressed onto the final surface but rather is transferred from a plate to a rubber mat, and finally to the printing surface. The images are typically created on the computer and then burned onto metal plates using a chemical developing process. Chemical-free printing plates utilize water instead, eliminating the need for hazardous chemicals found in traditional water-based printing.

“Our company is very conscious of the environmental concerns long associated with the printing industry and we have always been committed to making the printing process as eco-friendly as possible,” said Wright president and CEO Greg Wright. “The decision to switch to chemical-free plates seemed like a natural progression in reducing our carbon footprint and advancing our environmental mission."

Before “going green” became trendy, Wright had already adopted eco-friendly policies, using recycled products, renewable soybean ink, and energy efficient lighting, among other things. Most recently, in 2012 the company installed solar panels at their headquarters in North Carolina. Since the initial installation of the panels, the company has generated enough energy to offset 82 tons of carbon emissions.

Bill and Tom Wright founded Wright of Thomasville, now known as Wright Global Graphic Solutions, in 1961 on the idea that printing was a creative medium and the belief that “a promise made is a promise kept.” The Wright brothers focused their attention on providing exceptional printing for the home furnishing, carpet and rug industries. The Wright family continues that tradition today to include solutions for the Action Sports and Beverage Industry by providing one-stop, turnkey, creative solutions for their clients’ graphic needs. Today, the company is run by Bill’s sons Greg, Don and Ron. With 172 employees and four domestic facilities, as well as a Wright Global Graphics plant in China, the company delivers on its promise of exceptional value, and accurate delivery, regardless of the product’s final destination.

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