Sonora process-free plates from Kodak

Sonora process-free plates from Kodak

Printers who still process their plates or are considering making their own plates in-house can choose the smart decision to go process free with Kodak’s process-free plate portfolio. They will be joining over 3,000 printers across the world who have lowered their costs, increased their sustainability and simplified and streamlined their operations by doing so. Simply removing the processing step allowed printers to eliminate all processing chemistry and waste, reduce water and electricity usage, remove the packaging waste associated with processing chemistry, and of course, no processing equipment to continually clean, maintain, and ultimately dispose of. The economic benefits of process free plates just cannot be ignored any longer.

 According to Kodak, Sonora XP process-free plates satisfy up to two-thirds of the world’s offset printing requirements, including the needs of sheetfed, heatset web, commercial coldset offset packaging and UV printers. They feature the run length, imaging speed, and print quality capabilities of mainstream processed plates. The plate is capable of run lengths up to 200K impressions on heatset and commercial coldest web presses, up to 100K impressions on sheetfed presses, up to 50K impressions for non-UV offset packaging applications. Kodak also offers a plate to fit the unique needs of newspaper printers, the Kodak Sonora News process-free plate.

Kodak recently launched availability of the Kodak Sonora UV process-free plate which expands the capability of Kodak’s process free plate portfolio to an even wider group of print service providers. The plates are capable of delivering longer run lengths for UV print applications than any other process-free plate – up to 30,000 impressions. The plates also allow printers to take advantage of both the environmental and economic benefits of process free plates and the expanded set of opportunities associated with UV technology, including flexibility, high print quality, and faster drying times.

 A Sonora process-free plate user, Torsten Gröger, production director at cre art Die Werbeproduktion in Fulda, Germany says, “As far as we’re concerned, there’s no alternative to Kodak’s process free plates when it comes to UV printing. We simply don’t have room for a plate processor, and these plates have the general advantage of less effort and lower costs for plate making as well as more stability. Thanks to the Kodak Sonora UV process-free plate and the extensive capabilities of our press, which is equipped with numerous UV and print enhancement extras, we can produce complex and demanding jobs on any substrate. The level of creativity and quality is very high, and this kind of job would have been technically impossible a few years ago. These plates enable significantly longer run lengths with at least twice as many impressions as we get from the Sonora XP Plate.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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