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Format Werk – Made in Austria!

August 27th, 2018 Posted by Allgemein, Austria, Environment 0 thoughts on “Format Werk – Made in Austria!”

Format Werk for many years, is proud to serve as a full-range supplier with in-house manufacturing of 99 percent in Gunskirchen. This means that we manufacture almost 100 percent of our products at one location!

Thus, we have extensive know-how in the production of paper supplies for schools and offices.

Your products are manufactured by us, using the shortest possible production route, while maintaining the highest quality standards. This offers many advantages for you as a customer: short distances, no coordination losses in the production process and above all first-hand product quality!

That means: One location – all products!

But Format Werk customers, do not only benefit from this first-class service!
• Format Werk works together with one of Europe’s leading PBS logistics service providers.
• We enable you the shortest possible time-to-market for your new orders, because we can advise you on market forecasts as well as on design development, final artwork, production and logistics, of your brands and products.
• Online access to our service network with all information in real time: sales, blanket orders, stocks, price lists, statistics, image data and production schedules; production dates specified in calendar weeks.

We at Format Werk continuously invest in production and logistics technologies, in order to be able to offer our customers the highest process and product quality. Our private label customers are particularly important to us; which is why these new developments are of course also used for private labels:
• Inserts / Supplements in notebooks and college pads
• coloured spirals
• thread stitching
• Oilcloth products
• EAN Code direct printing on grey board
• special formats
• and much more

Beginning the new school year full of motivation!

August 27th, 2018 Posted by Allgemein, Environment 0 thoughts on “Beginning the new school year full of motivation!”

Whether Ursus®, Formati® or Edition Dürer® – our wide climate-neutral range of products, offers the right thing for everyone. Format Werk supports pupils in every school level! With our heroes in schools, lecture halls and offices, every project is successful. The colourful designs motivate and make you want to learn more and more.

Be it the Ursus® Ö-Klassiker for the grown-ups or Formati® for the kids – our products offer support for every essay and every math task. The Formati® – system facilitates the learning of writing, arithmetic and words; it promotes creativity and is also environmentally friendly.

Because we are not only responsible for perfect school equipment, we are also responsible for communicating environmental awareness. Format Werk, pursues a holistic environmental strategy together with the Ursus® brand, and everything that goes with it; and in order to meet this strategy, every Ursus® product is produced in a climate-neutral manner! We are the first manufacturer on the market, to offer this environmental effect for all Ursus® products.

This knowledge of the importance of climate-neutral products and environmental protection, is part of every school training, which is just as important as the teaching of writing and arithmetic!

Every year, we are proud to be present in every school bag with our products for young and old, and be allowed to learn with you!

Ink – a key component of every attractive product

April 20th, 2018 Posted by Environment 0 thoughts on “Ink – a key component of every attractive product”

When purchasing products, customers expect an attractive visual appearance as well as high quality standards. We all know that it’s much more fun to write into an attractive exercise book! And while the exact design is a matter of personal taste, it is an undisputed fact that the print quality is directly linked to the quality of the inks used in the printing process.

In our capacity as a producer of exercise books, notepads and spiral-bound products we constantly have to meet many challenges in this area of production. On the one hand, we offer a product range in excess of 2,000 product lines, produced for a wide variety of customers and requirements, in a range of paper qualities but always adhering to the highest quality standards. On the other hand, we always aspire to manufacture our products in the most environmentally friendly way.

Unlike many standard printers, Format Werk employs two different printing processes: offset printing for cover sheets and flexographic printing for the ruled inner parts.

Flexographic printing uses water-soluble ink pigments. Ink residues and rinsing water are separated in a special process: Only the remaining pigments have to be disposed of while the residual water is so clean that it can safely be re-introduced in the sewerage system. The offset printing process uses organic paints that are based on sustainable raw materials, and the protective finish of the cover sheets is achieved using eco-friendly printing varnish.

We meet every ecolabel’s expectation

Due to our long-standing experience with the Nordic Swan certification process and the ever-tightening requirements for inks, we are now in the advantageous position of already complying with the certification requirements of other eco labels in regards to inks. Furthermore, the Nordic Swan database is a useful resource when it comes to evaluating new or additional inks and to quickly and easily checking their conformity with the regulations.

Experience the World of Nordic Swan Ecolabel

“As we already comply with the strict regulations of the Nordic Swan Eco Label, we easily comply with other eco labels’ regulations concerning inks.”

Thomas Gillesberger
Managing Director Format Werk

“The MSA system (My Swan Account) is for verifying information submitted to Nordic Swan Ecolabelling. Our handling officers get updated, suppliers get status for their submitted products and all Nordic Swan Ecolabelled printers could see directly when a product is approved. Therefore I always take the opportunity to direct a big thank you to colleagues, suppliers and printers using the MSA system! To make a difference just have to work smoothly, if we are to save the world a little bit every day.”

Anders Jacobsson
Ecolabelling Sweden

Paper – at the heart of every product

April 19th, 2018 Posted by Environment 0 thoughts on “Paper – at the heart of every product”

What would an exercise book or a notepad be without its interior for writing? Brilliant white or recycled grey, 60gsm or 90gsm, or perhaps even beautifully coated paper for writing with a fountain pen – everyone has their own favourite. But many people do not realise that at the beginning of each chain there is always a tree.

As manufacturers of paper we are in the very privileged position to be able to work with a sustainable resource. But even though the supply of the resource wood is seemingly endless, the ambition must be to use it in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

We have made it our ambition to become Europe’s most environmentally friendly producer of stationery for schools and offices. This is why we have changed our procurement over the past few years and by now can proudly report that over 90% of the paper products manufactured by us bear an eco label.

40% of the material processed by us is recycled paper of varying qualities. When it comes to papers manufactured from virgin pulp, we try to use those that have been certified with the Nordic Swan Eco Label, or at least the EU Flower Label, as, in our opinion, these labels embody the environmental ethos more holistically than mere COC certificates such as FSC or PEFC.

This means that while only 15% of the products manufactured by us bear the Nordic Swan Eco Label, over 60% of the paper used in the processing of these products is certified with the Nordic Swan Eco Label or is at least approved by that body.

Therefore many of our customers receive sustainable products even if these are not certified with a specific label, and in this way unwittingly contribute in a small way to a sustainable use of our natural resources.

This is the Nordic Swan Ecolabel

“Working with a natural resource places a great responsibility on us, and therefore we endeavour to also create environmental awareness in our customers. Visibly labelling our products with the Nordic Swan Eco Label is an important element of our environmental policy.”

Thomas Gillesberger
Managing Director Format Werk

“Over 15 years ago we changed to licencing Printing Companies instead of product labelling of Printed Matter. Nordic Swan Ecolabelled Printed Matter were available already ten years prior to this change. But it all started with certification of Printing Paper yet another decade earlier. Today paper have the same importance being Nordic Swan Ecolabelled, EU Ecolabelled or part of a Nordic Swan Ecolabelled Printed Matter, and of course also as part of a licence for a Nordic Swan Ecolabelled Printing Company.”

Anders Jacobsson
Ecolabelling Sweden

Swan+ What else can be done for the environment?

April 19th, 2018 Posted by Environment 0 thoughts on “Swan+ What else can be done for the environment?”

The eco label Nordic Swan does indeed constitute a very comprehensive and pervasive certification system, covering the entire procurement and production process, including raw materials, inks, auxiliary and cleaning materials, as well as energy consumption and waste prevention.

Nevertheless, we continually asked ourselves if there might be further opportunities to reduce our ecological footprint, and it was this thinking that led to the decision, made jointly with Climate Partner in 2014, to have our entire production process certified as “climate neutral”.

This certification not only covers all procurement and production processes, but also business trips, company cars and all employees’ commutes. Moreover, in order to reduce energy consumption the administrative buildings were fitted with additional insulation and new windows. 100% of the electricity we consume comes from hydroelectric sources, and all unavoidable emissions (in 2017 these amounted to some 740 tonnes of CO2) are offset by purchasing certificates for environmental projects. Currently we are supporting a forest protection project in Madre de Dios, Peru.

Every single product is produced climate neutrally

Consequently, every product that has left Format Werk since the beginning of 2015 will have been produced climate neutrally. We can offer to all our customers the opportunity to label their products with the certificate logo in order to communicate their outstanding eco-friendliness.

We continue to work to reduce our environmental footprint and to increase the sustainability of our production processes. There are already further projects in the pipeline and we would be thrilled to inspire others to follow suit and to try and leave the planet to our children a little bit better than how we found it.

Learn more about the Nordic Swan Ecolabel

“When it comes to environmental protection, there’s always a little bit more you can do. That is why in 2014 we decided to commit to a climate-neutral production process. Today I am proud to say that every product that leaves Format Werk will have been produced 100% climate neutrally.”

Thomas Gillesberger
Managing Director Format Werk

“Saving the world a little bit every day is part of our daily work at Ecolabelling Sweden. How is this possible? By working with certification of hundreds of Nordic Swan Ecolabelled companies and thousands of suppliers. Making the world a bit greener and saving it for generations to come is indeed a task for us all.”

Anders Jacobsson
Ecolabelling Sweden

(Why) More than 20 years of Nordic Swan

April 19th, 2018 Posted by Environment 0 thoughts on “(Why) More than 20 years of Nordic Swan”

Ever since the company’s founding, the name Format Werk has been synonymous with the manufacture of high-quality exercise books, pads and spiral pads made from the renewable resource wood.
It is our strong conviction that our commitment to social and ecological issues is an important step for the future, both of our company and our employees. This is why we have decided to take on a leading role in environmental certificates and eco hallmarks, and to actively instigate projects designed to improve our processes, in order to create the best possible conditions for environmentally and socially sound conduct. .

We still count on the first one: NORDIC SWAN ECOLABEL

More than 20 years ago Format Werk´s first environmental certification was the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. During the years the range of external audited certificates was extended with Blue Angel, Austrian Environmental Label, FSC, PEFC and a certificate for a climate neutral production.

After various internal and external audits and certifications during the years we are still convinced, that the Nordic Swan Ecolabel is the most consistent environmental label of all. It is the only, that captures not just single products, processes or materials, but also the complete production process, all raw materials, printing colours, coatings, energy consumption, waste, cleaning agents and additives.

This is the Nordic Swan Ecolabel

Best for nature

More than 99% of the products delivered by Format Werk to the Nordics are awarded with the Nordic Swan. This high acceptance from the customers is our confirmation that we have chosen the right way 20 years ago and the motivation to enhance our efforts to produce the most environmentally friendly products on the market.

„The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is the only environmental label that really deserves that name with regard to consistence and awareness level. The continuous development of the regulations forces us to a steadily improvement of our environmental processes.“

Thomas Gillesberger
Managing Director Format Werk

„Meeting the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled Printer doing the audit at their own production site, understanding their business and how to comply with the criteria is the very key for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. Working with a broad spectra of very strict criteria is the only way to capture and getting a Nordic Swan Ecolabelled service in the graphic business today.“

Anders Jacobsson
Ecolabelling Sweden

Our electricity is CO2-free

March 16th, 2018 Posted by Environment 0 thoughts on “Our electricity is CO2-free”

Format Werk stands for environmentally friendly products, as shown by the awards with environmental labels such as Blue Angel, Austrian Eco-label, Nordic Swan or fsc. We want to be part of those companies that actively do something for the environment; and this can be seen in every product that leaves our house.


Convinced that our commitment at the environmental level will permit future generations to live in a comfortable environment, we are always committed to keeping our ecological footprint as low as possible.

Another building block on the route to completely environmentally friendly and resource-confined production is the conversion of our company building.

This investment in the future of the company and its employees, also includes the supply of sustainable energy to the plant in the form of CO2-free electricity from Energie AG.

This allows a CO2 saving of about 262 tons per year, which underlines our efforts for environmental and climatic protection.

Thanks to such measures we are able to meet our pioneering role in the field of sustainable management – This is also seen in our products, which have been produced 100% climate-neutral since 2015.

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