Kodak expands manufacturing capacity to accommodate Sonora plate demand

kodakexpands-inKodak has opened a new manufacturing line at its Columbus, Georgia facility that will produce its Sonora Process-Free Plates. More than 2,700 printers around the world use the plates because they “deliver the productivity, quality and print capabilities of mainstream processed plates while completely eliminating the need for plate processing.” The company marked the opening of the new manufacturing line with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Eastman Kodak Company CEO Jeff Clarke and Senior Vice President Brad Kruchten, as well as community leaders and current Kodak customers.

Eastman Kodak Company CEO, Jeffrey J. Clarke.
Eastman Kodak Company CEO Jeffrey J. Clarke.

“Today’s opening of this new manufacturing line keeps us on an accelerated pace toward our goal of helping printers become more sustainable with Sonora Process-Free Plates,” said Clarke. “Kodak is committed to providing solutions that increase the sustainability of the printing industry, while also reducing printing costs. This is good business and good for our environment.”

The plates eliminate the water, chemical and energy use required by processed plates without sacrificing quality or productivity. Printers use Sonora Plates in a variety of applications including commercial print, books, newspapers and packaging. Utilizing the plates “saves the average printer using 20,000 square metres of plates up to $99,000 annually,” said Kodak.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.