Kodak pre-press technology scores 
April 21, 2017

Kodak wrapped up this year’s PrintPack India with a record number of sales for its leading CtP solutions, signing up a spate of new printers in India. The equipment tally of 14 units at the show adds to the more than 21000 computer-to-plate sales globally since the debut of Kodak’s thermal technology.

With over 21 years of thermal imaging technology leadership, three out of every four thermal CtP machines sold in India today are from Kodak. At the Print Pack show, more than 600 printers visited the Kodak quarter to see first-hand why over 850 print service providers across India have chosen to integrate Kodak CtP and plate technology to power their pre-press operations. “Kodak’s robust portfolio of CtP and plate technology provides the foundation for printers in India and across the world to streamline their operations productivity, while also moving to a more sustainable future.”

At PrintPack India, the Sonora Process Free Zone showcased print samples from India’s diverse community of Sonora plate users, spanning print applications from the commercial, publishing, newspaper and packaging sectors. Tent calendars, produced using Kodak’s new Sonora UV Process Free Plates, which will be available by the end of the second quarter, demonstrated how printers using UV, including the newer low-energy UV presses, can achieve higher run lengths than with any other process free plate available today.

A full house at the Kodak quarter.

With Sonora plate production facilities now located in the USA, Europe, and China, more than 3000 Sonora plate customers across the globe benefit from faster supply, support and customer service. The continued adoption of Sonora plates in India and around the world underscores the industry’s demand for more sustainable printing solutions to address new applications and opportunities, all while increasing profitability. With both economic and environmental sustainability at the forefront of more and more printers’ strategic investments, Kodak predicts the trend to continue and anticipates that 30 per cent of Kodak’s plate volume will be process free by 2019 as process free plates are quickly becoming a mainstream industry product.

Workflow specialists demonstrated the capabilities of Kodak Prinergy Workflow software, including Rules-Based Automation (RBA) to increase the productivity and efficiency in print environments. Discussions around Preps, Pandora, Insite PrePress Portal and ColorFlow, drew significant interest from customers, dealers and media attendees at the Kodak Quarter.

Print service providers also visited the booth to explore the award-winning Flexcel NX suite of digital flexo solutions that cater to the need for increased on-press efficiencies and higher print quality. 

April 2017