Kodak Expands THERMAL DIRECT and PF-N Plate Production To Meet Growing Customer Demand
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Through an extensive upgrade to a second plate manufacturing line at its facility in Leeds, U.K., Kodak is increasing its capacity for production of process-free-technology printing plates that reduce environmental impact for customers.
The expansion in capacity is in response to growing demand from commercial and publication printers for THERMAL DIRECT Non-Process Plates and from newspaper printers for PF-N Non-Process Plates. In addition to meeting current demand in process-free technology plate sales, which has grown by an average of 35 percent over the past two years, the enhanced production line also will help Kodak prepare for an exciting new product expected to be announced early next year.
KODAK THERMAL DIRECT Non-Process Plates and KODAK PF-N Non-Process Plates deliver the resolution and imaging accuracy of thermal digital plates, while eliminating the installation, management and maintenance of traditional processors and processing chemistry. Removing traditional processing steps eliminates cost, as well as any variability associated with processingultimately improving the overall productivity and stability of the digital platemaking process.
Over and over again, we hear from our customers that they are looking to reduce costs while improving their sustainability efforts, said Todd Bigger, Global Current Marketing Director, Offset Solutions. KODAK Non-Process Plates deliver on both frontsthere is no need to invest in a processor or processing chemicals, and without both, there is a reduced environmental impact. It really is a win-win.
Work on the enhanced production capability began in July, with engineers modifying several sections of the existing line to ensure the THERMAL DIRECT Plates and PF-N Plates produced on the new line will be identical to plates currently in the market. The successful result is a doubling of Kodaks capacity for this highly strategic technology while maintaining high quality and uninterrupted supply for our customers.
We are fast approaching the milestone of 1,500 commercial and publication customers using process-free technology plates, added Doug Edwards, General Manager, Prepress Solutions. That number continues to grow aggressively. On the newspaper side, a growing number of newspaper accounts in the U.S. and Canada now use PF-N Plates. Newspaper printers worldwide are interested in process-free technology, and we are expanding availability of PF-N Plates into other regions in the world. The enhanced production line will make it even easier for us to supply the volumes that our commercial, publication and newspaper customers desire, while maintaining the highest quality and repeatability from plate to plate, regardless of where in the world it is manufactured.
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Source: KodakCopyright Business Wire 2011