Driven by a rapidly-growing customer demand for Sonora Plates, Kodak will be adding a new plate manufacturing line at its Columbus, GA, facility dedicated to producing Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates. This expansion aligns with Kodak’s plans to drive local sourcing while continuously improving manufacturing quality, production efficiencies and customer service across its entire digital plate portfolio.
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Eastman Kodak said it is ending production of Sonora printing plates at its Leeds, U.K., plant by next year and will look for a new site to meet demand in the Americas. Meanwhile, Kodak has invested in upgrading its high-speed Sonora plate manufacturing in its Osterode, Germany, plant.
Users can now benefit from Heidelberg's Saphira Blanket Pro 200, an eco-friendly blanket that has sharp all-round properties and is particularly suitable for commercial printers looking to make their production operations even more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Heidelberg has received very positive feedback from its customers who use Heidelberg Saphira consumable products. In order to deliver best in class support to its growing consumables customer base, the company has strengthened its local consumables organization through product and application training, improved logistical solutions, as well as training and support of print instructors and product specialists.
Agfa Graphics has informed employees at its printing plate factory in Manerbio, Italy, as well as the trade unions, that it intends to close down the factory impacting 123 employee positions. A redundancy plan will be developed for the employees that currently work in Manerbio.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is expanding the range of printing plates, inks, coatings and print additives it offers customers in Germany by acquiring the ink specialist Ulrich Schweizer GmbH/IPS GmbH (Schweizer), based in Waiblingen. Schweizer has been supplying the industry with sheetfed offset consumables for over 35 years and is one of Germany’s biggest service providers for Pantone and spot colors. The company boasts a state-of-the-art ink-mixing plant and also offers a 24-hour delivery service.
KENNESAW, GA—September 18, 2008—Heidelberg USA announced that its online consumables business recently reached a milestone when it processed its 50,000th order. The company's online shop, which was launched four years ago, gives customers convenient access to the full range of Heidelberg Saphira Consumables for prepress, press and postpress needs. The 50,000th online order was placed by Alta Systems, a general commercial shop in Gainesville, Fla., which uses Saphira violet plates and chemistry for its Prosetter P74 platesetter and Heidelberg Saphira press consumables for its 6-color Speedmaster SM 74 sheetfed press.
DÜSSELDORF, GERMAN—June 5, 2008—World Environment Day - Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be offsetting the environmental effects of all print products created in the course of the day at the drupa industry trade show. This includes prepress, press, and postpress. All CO2 emissions generated indirectly on this day will be offset by investing in a climate protection project complying with the internationally recognized Gold Standard through the Swiss charitable foundation myclimate. This will ensure that unavoidable emissions are offset by climate protection measures elsewhere. In concrete terms, in a region of India, electricity and heat will be generated from biomass that was previously burned
MORTSEL, BELGIUM—March 18, 2008 —Agfa Graphics announced today its line-up of new products and solutions that will be on display at the Agfa stand (Hall 8a – B63) during the international trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, 29 May-11 June. The announcement was made at Agfa’s pre-drupa press conference in Belgium where more than 85 graphic arts journalists from around the world gathered to hear about Agfa’s expanded product line for its four major market segments: commercial printing, packaging printing, newspaper industry, and sign & display market. Agfa’s new, innovative range of products and solutions to be shown at drupa include: :Azura TS, Agfa’s new
by Chris Bauer Managing Editor The press manufacturers’ “big iron” may have taken up mammoth amounts of floor space and received the lion’s share of headlines at PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05, but not to be forgotten are the booths often found on the fringe of the McCormick Center’s halls. Here, there was plenty of news to be found from paper, ink and other consumables providers. For example, while donning white lab coats, executives from International Paper announced that its entire range of uncoated freesheet papers for imaging, commercial printing, envelopes and forms would be improved to a new standard of whiteness and