To Meet Increased Demand for Chemical-Free SONORA Plates, Kodak Expands Manufacturing Plant

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Kodak’s manufacturing plant in Columbus, Georgia.

Eastman Kodak reports that it’s opened a new manufacturing line at its Columbus, Georgia facility that will produce its KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates. According to the firm, more than 2,700 commercial printers around the world are using the SONORA Process Free Plates because, according to Kodak, they deliver the productivity, quality, and print capabilities of mainstream processed plates. while completely eliminating the need for plate processing. Kodak marked the opening of its new manufacturing line with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Kodak CEO, Jeff Clarke, and Brad Kruchten, who is president of Kodak’s Print Systems Division and senior vice president of Kodak. Also in attendance were community leaders and customers.

The firm says the state-of-the-art manufacturing line is designed to meet increasing demand for SONORA Process Free Plates, which eliminate the water, chemical, and energy use required by processed plates without sacrificing quality or productivity. As a result, Kodak says it’s helping its customers be competitive, save money, and reduce environmental impact. Commercial printers use SONORA Process Free Plates for a variety of print applications including commercial printing, and printing of books, newspapers, and packaging.

“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,” commented Kodak CEO Jeff 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.”

Because SONORA Process Free Plates don’t use processing chemistry, Kodak says commercial printers can remove their processing equipment. Without processing equipment, it says commercial printers can completely eliminate their water, chemical, and energy usage related to processing plates, which saves the average printer using 20,000 square meters of plates up to $99,000 annually.

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