Kodak announces new inkjet press – Kodak Prosper Ultra 520

Announces other launches

The press will be available at the end of 2020

Kodak on 15 June announced a new inkjet press and an enhanced portfolio of offset and digital solutions. The newly launched Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 press builds on the legacy of the Kodak Prosper 6000 press. It prints at a consistent production speed of 150 mpm/500 FPM on glossy papers with high ink coverage and variable print.

The new press is the first Kodak-manufactured press using Kodak’s Ultrastream writing system, which employs the placement of smaller, perfectly round, satellite-free drops to produce inkjet image quality. The Prosper Ultra 520 can print across a broad range of substrates and is scheduled to be available at the end of 2020.

Introducing the Kodak Sonora Xtra process free plates

Kodak has also announced that launch of the Sonora Xtra process free plates, which will be available at the end of the year. According to the company, Sonora plate technology is used by over 4,000 printers of all sizes around the world.

Kodak Prinergy on Demand workflow platform

Prinergy On Demand is a new global platform that hosts a suite of offerings that modernize and maximize a customer’s Prinergy Workflow investment. Prinergy On Demand is backed by the network infrastructure of Microsoft Azure. It is available now, with new options planned to be rolled out at the end of 2020.

8-Page Platesetter

Kodak has also introduced what it calls the world’s fastest 8-Page CTP for process free plates with the new Kodak Magnus Q800 Platesetter with T-Speed. The MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter will now be able to image up to 80 plates per hour. Kodak is also introducing an updated multi-pallet loader that matches the 80 pph speed and with a capacity of up to 3,200 plates. The T-Speed MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter will be available for beta testing this month and in production in September 2020. 1,500 plates per pallet capacity for Single Pallet Loader/Multi Pallet Loader will start shipping in June 2020.

Kodak Magnus Q4800 platesetter

Available in 2021, the new Magnus Q4800 Platesetter will deliver productivity for extra-large format (XLF) plate making. It will deliver the throughput for XLF size plates for 96-page presses and provides market-leading throughput for 1,650 mm size plates, with dual plate loading. It will also have pallet automation available with up to 8 plate sizes online and up to 4,800 plates online.

Kodak is investing approximately $25 million a year in advancing print technology, doubling down on digital print and delivering the products our customers need to drive productivity and growth as the industry evolves,” said Jim Continenza, Kodak’s executive chairman. “The revolutionary new Prosper Ultra 520 Inkjet Press is the product of our heritage of innovation in print and our continuing focus on developing breakthrough technologies. Printers can rely on the full range of Kodak solutions, from offset plates to workflow software to digital presses, to deliver performance that pays.”

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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