The FSC certification – what’s it all about?

What does the FSC seal stand for? Why is it  important? Who is the FSC anyway? Questions which you may already have asked yourself many times before and that we want to answer today.

Who is the FSC?

The FSC certification - The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization that promotes environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically sensible management of the world's forests.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization that promotes environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically sensible management of the world’s forests. Forests are to be safeguarded as an ecosystem, while ensuring long-term use of wood. The FSC is also committed to ensure that work in the forest is carried out safely and fairly. As a marketing tool, FSC certification intended to provide forest owners with an incentive. At the same time, companies in the forestry and timber industry should be enabled to credibly convey their ecological and social responsibility for the preservation of forests to the public and the consumers of wood products. At the same time, FSC-certified products allow consumers to express their ecological and social responsibility when making a purchase decision.

The two models of the FSC certification

The FSC certification provides two different certification models. First one is the model of the “forest certificates”. As the name implies, these are made out to forest owners and secure that forests fulfill the FSC standards in social and ecological terms. It is about preserving the forest with all its tree-, plant- and animal species. To achieve this goal, clear cutting and the use of chemicals are not allowed. Beside the ecological aspects, social factors such as workers’ rights and comprehensive accident protection are also considered.

The second certification model is called “product chain certificates”, which plays a major role for us as a digital printing company. Manufacturers and dealers of FSC-certified wood and paper receive these certificates. This is how we ensure that products with the FSC seal are actually taken out of forests that do have the appropriate forest certificate.

The FSC certification and its two models

There is another difference between the FSC 100% and the FSC Mix Credit seals. The 100% label stands for products in which the wood comes exclusively from FSC-certified forests. The FSC Mix Label, on the other hand, denotes products that use materials from FSC-certified forests as well as from controlled sources.

What is not allowed according to the FSC certification?

What exactly is forbidden according to the FSC certification? We already have mentioned a few points. Now we are talking about what you and your company are committing to as soon as you have signed the FSC form.

With the signing, you first state that your company is connected to the FSC or one of its subsidiaries. This means that you are either a member of FSC yourself or have a contractual relationship with FSC.

The undersigned company further declares that it has read and understood the “Policy for Association of Organizations with FSC” as published at fsc.org.

In view of the considerations set out above, a company expressly agrees not to be involved in the following unacceptable activities in the present and in the future, as long as the relationship with FSC exists:

  • Illegally harvested wood or the trade with illegal wood or wood products
  • Violation of traditional or civil fundamental rights in forest management
  • Destruction of highly protected forests in forest management
  • Significant conversion of natural forest into plantations or into non-forest use
  • Introduction of genetically modified trees to forestry.
  • Violation of one of the ILO (International Labor Organization) core conventions as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998.

(Source: FSC self-declaration form related to FSC-POL-01-004)

If this part is still not concrete enough for you, feel free to take a look at our FSC certification on our website.

Why the FSC certification is important to us

Druckprodukte FSC-Zertifizierung

We believe in sustainability and want our customers to be aware of this. Environmental protection is very important to us and so we are aware of our responsibility towards the present and future generations.

To ensure that products having the FSC label are actually made from the corresponding raw materials, the FSC uses the tried and tested instrument of chain certification (Chain of Custody [COC]): Here, we only work with companies whose product chain – from the forest to the end customer – builds up an internal process that guarantees that FSC-certified materials remain identifiable at all times. With the FSC labels, we give consumers the opportunity to consciously choose products from responsible forestry. Our customers also support this concern and thus make an active contribution to environmental protection.

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What do CMYK and RGB stand for? What are the differences?

CMYK and RGB. Pretty much everyone who has ever stood in front of the printer at home, for example replacing the printer cartridges, will eventually have read them before. But what does CMYK and RGB stand for? Why are there different color spaces and why do the colors look different on the printed product than on the screen? Questions that you can answer after our contribution.

CMYK – the color space for printed products

CMYK stands for the colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The K for black refers to the key plate, the black printing plate.

CMYK printing is very common in the printing industry. Especially in Europe. This is also often referred to as “printing on a Euroscale”. Especially in the USA, this stands for European offset printing.

Inkjet printers and color laser printers generally work with the CMYK color system.

In recent years, photo printers with additional colors have been increasingly available on the market. These additional colors are gradations of cyan and magenta.

RGB – the color space for digital media

The abbreviation RGB stands for red, green and blue. It is a color model with which certain color values ​​are given. With the three primary colors red, green and blue, pretty much all colors can be represented. These are mixed in a certain ratio. Around 16 million different colors are possible.

The RGB color space is used for monitors, smartphones and televisions. On the display blue, red and green points of light are close together.

CMYK und RGB - Farbraum im Vergleich

What is the difference between RGB and CMYK?

For example, if a digital color image is printed, the image must be converted from RGB to CMYK. Since not all colors of the RGB color space are available in CMYK, the non-existent colors are converted into the closest CMYK color.

The greatest variance lies here, since the RGB color space can display a much larger number of colors than the CMYK color space. If the print data is not created in CMYK, so-called color deviations result. This results in the color differences mentioned at the beginning between a print product and the display on the screen.

This can be easily avoided by generally creating your print data in CMYK.

CMYK limit value – interesting to know

When printing in the CMYK color space there is the so-called limit value. As the name suggests, this must not be exceeded. The sum of the individual colors is relevant. An example:

In detail the overall limit value says that the sum of all four process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, key), for coated paper, may not be more than 300% at any point on the printed sheet. A color value like 80C / 90M / 90Y / 70K therefore would be improper because the sum of the values ​​results in a total order of 330%.

Why is there a limit?

The limit depends on the printed paper, because it defines how much color a paper can take. While a high-quality paper application of 350% is possible with many high-quality papers, newspaper printing has already reached its limit at approx. 240%.

The best thing to do is to ask at your printing house about the appropriate limit before printing.

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The new color HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Yellow 

Hooray Studios a Slovenian company and Schätzl print emotion give personalized children’s books a new dimension: With their book “Glow in the Dark”, the little reader gets another hidden story in addition to the normal story, which only lights up in the dark. The new HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Yellow is used. The additional story within the book is only visible with a special UV lamp and thus offers double reading fun.

Hooray Studios was founded to give children the joy of reading through personalized stories. The company, which is based in Ljubiljana, now employs more than 150 people at its headquarters and in its worldwide branches in Italy, Austria, France, Germany, England and the USA. With almost a million books sold in 2019, Hooray Studios is one of the world’s leading providers of personalized children’s books. It is planned to enter the market in other European countries as well as Canada and Australia. In 2019, the company was recognized as the start-up of the year.

The new HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Yellow in the test

We came into play when it came to printing. Schätzl print emotion has been using HP digital printing since 2011 and has a HP Indigo 7900 and a HP Indigo 12000 digital press.

“Embedding the printing presses in a fully automated process chain is crucial for us. For example, we use HP Print OS with HP Print OS Siteflow. It’s an operating system for production printing – with web applications and mobile apps that optimize the use of our HP printing systems and simplify our production.

With this solution, we can automate decisions and processes in the printing process, ”says Ulrich Schätzl, Managing Director of Schätzl print emotion.

We are constantly expanding our range with additional and innovative printing services. We also tested the new HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Yellow in a beta test. These new colors offer growth opportunities for both print service providers and clients. Thanks to this innovation, unprecedented applications can be realized. The first result is the collaboration with Hooray Studios and the production of personalized children’s books. Dejan Cesar, Business Development Manager at Hooray Studios adds, “We are very pleased about our partnership with Schätzl. And we are both excited about the possibilities that HP technology offers us. This made our “Glow-in-the-Dark books” possible.”

If you are also interested in offering the new colors in your product range, please contact us.

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How to become a sponsor of a scholarship

In our case, the question can be answered quite simply: We know someone who studied at the University of Augsburg and received a German scholarship. We are interested in supporting future leaders and professionals who want to make a difference in ways relevant to them through a monthly contribution. That´s why we contacted the university.

The result: an IT scholarship for students at the Institute of Computer Science the University of Augsburg.

The advantage of the students is not only the financial support. Through the scholarship they receive the contact details for companies and the opportunity to find a reasonable job that suits your desires and skills for the future.

As a sponsor, on the other hand, you have the advantage of finding potential young people who like to work with you.

The advantages of the program of the University of Augsburg

The German scholarship helps the best and most committed students with 300 € per month. The nice thing about this program: The federal government takes over half of each grant if the University of Augsburg finds a private sponsor for the other half. The private contribution thus amounts to 1,800 euros per scholarship per year. There are currently 111 and a total of 25,500 German scholars at the University of Augsburg.

The German scholarship is not only an important contribution to financing your studies, but also recognition for outstanding achievements and motivation for the future. A key aspect – in addition to the financial – is the networking between sponsors and students. The annual scholarship celebration offers one first way of contacting. Afterwards they also support you with networking and are open to ideas such as mentoring, round tables, excursions to companies and presentations.

Many companies are already using the German scholarship very successfully for recruiting excellent young people.Further information on the German scholarship can be found on the homepage by the federal ministry of education and research www.deutschlandstipendium.de.

This program has piqued our interest that we have decided to offer a scholarship for 1.5 years for the Institute of Computer Science.

Scope of our funding

Number: 1 scholarship for 1.5 years 

Duration: Start: April 1, 2020, end: September 30, 2021.

Contribution: A total of € 2,700.00, monthly 150.00 €

This enables the University of Augsburg to accept a current scholarship holder in the summer semester in 2020.

Special feature: 

Only students from the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Augsburg can be promoted.

Achievements of the University of Augsburg

The University of Augsburg is committed to

– use the donation only as part of the German scholarship according to the scholarship program act and the federal government ordinance on implementation of the scholarship program act.

– select students where to expect particularly good academic performance, in accordance with the applicable regulations.

– pay the scholarships in monthly installments,

– the sponsor once the donation has been received by the University of Augsburg to issue a donation certificate for the amount donated.

Are you curious? A scholarship is a good thing and has advantages on both sides. Have you thought about the scholarship? Maybe we could give you some motivation to think about a scholarship sponsorship. It is worth it in any case!

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What makes Schatzl print emotion special?

This pillar clearly focuses on the appreciation of the individual employee and our customers.

Admittedly a property that many companies are committed to. This is not without consequences. In this way, one of the most important prerequisites for a functioning coexistence degenerates into a phrase without strength and meaning.

The appreciation of every single one

With us, however, it looks a little different.

The most recent example is the Christmas peak 2019 two weeks ago. For those who don’t know what a peak is, this article will provide clarity. In the last week before Christmas, everyone had to help in the production and shipping.

Our managing director Ulrich Schätzl also worked day and night.

Ulrich Schätzl Geschäftsführer hilft mit im Versand
Ulrich Schätzl in the shipping
Mitarbeiter aus dem gesamten Unternehmen beim gemeinsamen Zusammensitzen
Sitting together on the last day of production before Christmas

By appreciation, we mean that we regularly put ourselves in our colleagues in order to understand them better. It is usually much easier to judge someone hastily than to take a moment to understand their counterpart. There isn’t always just your own view of things.

Why don’t you sit down in the chair of one of your employees? From this perspective, does the goal still look like it did from your place?

Nothing is more valuable than someone else’s point of view.

We are not about right or wrong, but about you and your own personal opinion. About you and your uniqueness as a whole and the contribution you can make to the community.

By appreciating and respecting each other, we at Schatzl print emotion create a cohesion that is unique.

How does mutual appreciation affect our customers?

We are a family company combining longstanding experience within the print sector with an affection for the extraordinary. We are enthused about every print product that we produce for our customers with a passion, though the new and the special is particularly appealing to us. Step by step, we are moving into an innovative future.

We would like to pass the enthusiasm along to you. For you, this not only results in being able to rely on our experience and dedication, we additionally assist and support you with every product and idea. Together with you we will find the perfect solution!

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What makes us different

We at Schätzl continue to develop and grow steadily. A good current example of this is the hall construction this year, which has been running book production since September.

Despite high demand, we wanted to maintain our high quality standards and have therefore further expanded our company.

Erfolgshungrig - Hallenbau

Quality is very important to us, because without quality, no success. But we also know, that this is not everything. It´s also important to stay hungry for success!

Hungry for success

At Schätzl we work goal-oriented and professional. We stand for cosmopolitan thinking and combine this with innovative and advanced print products. Our passion is reflected in our high-quality, emotional products and is optimally tailored to our customers in a solution-oriented manner. With our offers, we can be strategically flexible and prudent as well as generating momentum.

Schätzl print emotion - Einladungen Silber und Gold (Scodixveredelung)

Together with our B2B printing partners, we achieve our goals with fairness and trust. Through our experience we go national as well as international steps.

Our company is designed to grow and so are our employees. They educate, train, study and attend language courses. Schätzl also offers a business English course.

Through our internal start up printsmarter we have made it to our mission to cover and reach even more niches.

Assisting others in their growth

But even on topics that have nothing to do with the printing industry, we remain true to our motifs and support others in their growth.

We sponsor young talents outside of our industry, who has nothing to do with digital printing.

This Saturday, the 7th of December in Donauwörth in the old Augsburger Straße 2, one of these talents will again prove his hunger for success.

But we do not want to reveal more at this point. In the following days we will reveal more exciting details. Stay tuned is worth it.

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