Nowadays, companies treat sustainability as a crucial objective in their strategy and operations in order to increase growth and competitiveness. The sustainability mega-trend has engaged all kinds of companies in sustainable efforts. It is fair to state that companies have gained many positive effects of applying sustainable manufacturing such as efficiency, cost and waste reduction, and an increased competitive advantage. A strong brand and reputation build trust, not forgetting that increased requirements are present all the time. Sustainability is a way to compete today, not tomorrow. Tomorrow will be too late.
Cajo addresses global sustainability challenges by promoting the goal to reduce the use of chemicals, as well as reducing material waste and energy consumption. For instance, energy efficiency has been a priority in the EU. The Europe 2020 Energy Strategy and Waste Framework Directive (Article 4) set the goal of a 20 % improvement in energy efficiency within the EU. Also reducing the amount of waste generated at the source and reducing the hazardous content of that waste is regarded as the highest priority according to the Waste Hierarchy established in the Waste Framework Directive (Article 4). Cajo´s technology is a step forward in achieving both of these environmentally high goals.
Environmentally friendly marking systems are a major trend supported by both push (regulations) and pull (user demand) factors. The sustainability megatrend is important, and manufacturers are becoming risk-averse in ever-growing regulation standards driven by the Paris Agreement envisioned to increase the cost of polluting.
This is a very unresearched topic so far. In 2020 a study was conducted with Macon Ltd. regarding the carbon footprint of laser labelling. Below you’ll find a short conclusion on the carbon footprint of a laser printer versus inkjets. You can download the full study from the link below.
The study was carried out aiming to define the carbon footprint of industrial labelling with two alternative methods: 1. Cajo Technologies laser labelling and 2. ink labelling. The calculation included the emission of energy and chemicals, assuming an annual workload of 1697 hours. The carbon footprints of the labelling options are 43 kg CO2 eq per annum for Cajo and 501 kg CO2 eq per annum for inkjet. This result indicates that Cajo`s chemical-free technology enables over 90 % reduction of the carbon footprint of industrial labelling.
The Key Flag is a sign of Finnish work. The Key Flag symbol is awarded by The Association for Finnish Work in recognition of a product made in Finland. In addition, the right to use Key Flag Symbol can be awarded to products with a minimum domestic content of 50 percent of its break-even cost. The calculation takes into consideration all costs related to the product.
We are proud to say that Cajo Technologies’ laser marking equipment is awarded by the Key Flag
Cajo has a patented laser marking method to implement color and traceability markings to metal sustainably without using additives. Our laser marking systems and software are developed and designed by our own product development team. Our devices are developed and manufactured in Northern Finland, in Kempele headquarters – utilizing domestic subcontractors remarkably.