Company aims to take print market forward with revolutionary approach to efficiency improvement and waste reduction
Kodak is excited to showcase its suite of products at WAN-IFRA's World Publishing Expo 2015, at Hamburg Messe, Germany on Oct 5th—7th (Hall 4, Booth 540). The company is driving efficiency and customization in the newspaper industry with environmentally sound offset and digital print solutions. At Kodak's booth visitors will discover how newspaper and semi-commercial newspaper printers are using Kodak solutions to increase their productivity, drive down costs and adopt a sustainable approach to print.
Kodak's technology allows customers to keep up with the trends in consumer demand for more personalized news. Samples of customer work will be on show, including newspapers and magazines printed by News UK, Axel Springer, Groupe Sego, DC Thomson, Calprint and El Mundo, plus brand new micro-zoning and variable advertising samples from Sogemedia.
Key Kodak representatives and customers will be on hand to discuss the company's latest product updates and partnerships, including:
· KODAK LIBRA VP Digital Plates – Kodak will be showing the KODAK LIBRA VP Digital Plates for the first time on the stand at WAN-IFRA. Compatible with all market-leading violet CTP systems and plateline equipment, the plates maximise productivity and offer the quality and on-press performance required for both newspapers and semi-commercial print applications. Newspaper printers that conventionally process plates can simplify processing and reduce environmental impact by replacing their traditional developer and replenisher with a single, low-pH clean-out finisher. Using the same clean-out finisher, printers wanting to further increase efficiency and save water can use an EasyChem setup that removes the plate wash steps, using either a modified conventional processor or a dedicated clean-out unit.
· KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetters and KODAK GENERATION NEWS Platesetters – These platesetters are built on the trusted thermal technology that printers have depended on for over 19 years, featuring KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology, which provides newspaper printers with the quality, stability and repeatability of thermal imaging. Kodak has a full product offering for small to large newspaper printers with a wide range of speeds from 80 to 300 plates per hour, and automation options from simple semi-automatic operation to full, unattended automation with up to 1,600 plates online in up to 4 different plates sizes. Last year, Kodak introduced the Single Cassette Unit (SCU) automation option for the KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetter, providing printers with a fourth automation option. This year, TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetters with Auto-Unload (AU), Auto-Loader (AL) or SCU automation options now come standard with dual broadsheet rotation to make integration into existing plate lines simple.
· KP Services (Jersey) Limited – A collaboration between Kodak and Guiton Group Limited, KP Services (Jersey) Limited will print the Jersey Evening Post in addition to the majority of U.K. national newspapers (11 titles in total) for distribution in Jersey and Guernsey. It is estimated that KP Services (Jersey) Limited will print approximately 35,000 newspapers in total each day using two KODAK PROSPER 6000P Presses.
· Sogemedia – Sogemedia is a media company based in Paris that specializes in producing and editing weekly-localized news publications. From autumn, Sogemedia will be using the KODAK PROSPER 6000C Press to create more relevant content based on a reader's location. Sogemedia can now more easily and quickly print regional newspapers in order to provide localized content to its readers, in addition to offering regionalized advertising opportunities to local businesses.
Kodak will also be showing its popular no process thermal plate, the KODAK SONORA NEWS Process Free Plate, and rounding up the newspaper plate portfolio with the KODAK THERMALNEWS PT Digital Plate, which lets printers reduce energy usage by up to 60% by removing preheat and water consumption by up to 50% by removing prewash from processing.
"This year at WAN-IFRA we are presenting a range of new and innovative products for newspaper printing which enable our customers to reduce their environmental impact by streamlining their production," said Jeff Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, Kodak. "We've really focused on understanding our customers' priorities by creating partnerships and products that answer their needs directly – all without compromising quality."