KODAK recognizes 52 printers for excellence in sustainable printing

Amar Ujala, Concord Printing win SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award

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Kodak, a global leader in developing sustainable printing solutions, awarded 52 printers from around the world, a record number, the 2019 SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award. The program, now in its seventh year, celebrates printers who are leaders in adopting sustainable practices that benefit the environment, their business and their customers.

Since the launch of the SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award program in 2013, the number of
award applications has grown alongside the industry’s embrace of sustainable solutions. The 2019 SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award program now recognizes more than one winner per region, reflecting increased geographic diversity in the applications.

In addition to integrating KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates into their operations, each of
the 52 companies demonstrated an ongoing commitment to investing in sustainable business practices. The winners were judged on a range of criteria by Kodak’s Health Safety & Environmental team, with special recognition going to the top-scoring printers from each region, which include: Advance Press (Australia); Drukkerij de Bij (Netherlands); Gemini Print (UK); Zühal Ofset (Turkey); Cartocor (Argentina); Primex Printers (Philippines); Tweddle Group (U.S.). A complete list can be found on Kodak’s website.
“Those recognized in this year’s SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award exemplify the tremendous dedication it takes to run a high-performance print operation,” said Robert Price, general manager – Plate Business, Eastman Kodak Company. In an increasingly competitive and complex industry, more and more printers are adopting sustainable business processes. They understand it can deliver real bottom-line impact to their business, from improved efficiencies to their print operation to increased profitability of their entire business.”

Today, over 4,000 printers of all sizes rely on Kodak to capture all the benefits of process free. Printers make the seamless transition to SONORA Process Free Plates because they deliver long run lengths, fast imaging speeds, excellent resolution capabilities, UV capability and excellent productivity while delivering cost savings and increased profitability. As the transition to SONORA Process Free Plates continues at a rapid pace, one out of every three plates Kodak sells is now process free, with this trend expected to grow.

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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