Pioneering water treatment company Biwater has more than halved its UK print costs and reduced print-related carbon emissions by almost 40% after partnering with print specialist SOS Systems.

The British business, which has been building water systems around the world for more than 50 years, has 80 staff based at its head office in Dorking and is keen to work with suppliers who support its global remit to reduce environmental impact.

Since SOS Systems introduced new print management software on Biwater’s Canon print equipment – which makes individuals accountable for the amount they print through a personalised card system – the volume of paper being used has been significantly reduced.

As a result, monthly print costs have reduced by 56% and latest reports show the monthly average carbon emissions produced from printing alone have reduced from 1,419kg to 904kg. It is expected that over the first year of the contract, Biwater will save more than 6,000kg of carbon in total – equivalent to an average car being driven non-stop for 10 days.

Head of IT Brian Mayne said: “The new software has given us a new level of awareness of how much we print, and if it is necessary. The amount of paper we are using has been significantly reduced and the amount of carbon we have saved already is impressive.”

As the print management software requires users to present their personal print card at the machine, it has also eliminated any issues of documents being left on printers – heightening security and ensuring GDPR compliance.

Mayne added: “The team at SOS Systems is really proactive, have completely understood our priorities in terms of the environment and security and are working hard to meet our needs. That’s really appreciated by us all.”



Note to editors:

Print and technology specialist SOS Systems recently became Canon UK’s largest single channel solutions provider and is committed to increasing efficiency, reducing risk and saving time and money through digital transformations.

Renowned for passion, proactivity and reliability, the Crawley-based team works with customers in all sectors from across the UK, providing equipment, software and full management of all devices, as well as regular visits and advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics.

The business also works with the Department for International Trade and has clients internationally, particularly Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA.

The business is accredited by the British Standards Institute, recently upgrading its certification to ISO 9001:2015 – the highest level available. The team has also achieved Platinum Partner status from Canon, a distinction reserved for those businesses that demonstrate “outstanding dedication, health and continuous year-on-year growth and a high level of expertise, stability and focus.”

For more information, get in contact

Mark Paint Saltdean PrimaryCanon Platinum Partner