Kodak SONORA Process Free Plates Receive Environmental Labeling Type II recognition in China

China Environmental Labelling
China, 23 October 2015 – Kodak announced today that its family of SONORA Process Free Plates – SONORA XP Process Free Plates and SONORA NEWS Process Free Plates – received Environmental Labeling Type II recognition from China’s Central United Certification Center. The certification program, based on standards endorsed by China’s National Environmental Protection Bureau, recognizes SONORA’s ability to improve the sustainability of the printing industry.

SONORA Plates, designed for commercial printers of all sizes, as well as large web publication printers, offer a commercially sound and environmentally improved solution for printing a wide range of applications. With SONORA, printers can increase productivity, simplify operations, and lower costs by reducing steps in the plate making process. At the same time, the plates eliminate the need for processing, and reduce energy and natural resource consumption. These key attributes create a solution that provides equally important economic and environmental benefits for the commercial printing market.

For example, a typical processor weighs 735 kg, measures 1.3 x 3.5 meters, and uses 2,398 liters of chemistry, 40,000 liters of water and 5,523 kW of electricity annually. With the implementation of SONORA Plates, all costs and environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of the processing equipment are eliminated.

Kodak’s Loïs Lebegue, Managing Director of the Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa (ALMA) region, said that the eco-labeling is a testament to Kodak’s commitment to sustainability. “SONORA is playing an important role in helping commercial printers in China reduce their environmental footprint while improving their bottom line. Printers here are embracing the product because it delivers a clear and immediate benefit to the sustainability of their operations.” (more…)

Kodak’s Sonora Process Free Plates debut in Japan

Kodak's Rich Rindo, General Manager, WW Marketing & Technical Applications and Vice President Print Systems Division, was in Tokyo to launch Sonora XJ,  ushering in a new era of sustainability for the markets printing sector.

Kodak’s Rich Rindo, General Manager, WW Marketing & Technical Applications and Vice President Print Systems Division, was in Tokyo to launch Sonora XJ, ushering in a new era of sustainability for the markets printing sector.

Japan is the latest market where printers will have the ability to greatly improve their sustainability with the introduction of Kodak’s Sonora XJ Process Free Plates. Designed at Kodak’s Gunma R&D Center in Japan to meet the specific needs of the Japanese market, Sonora XJ is is the only process free plate option in Japan available for packaging printers using UV. With the capability to handle run lengths of 20,000 impressions for UV applications, the technology is well equipped to handle the range of sophisticated applications the market expects.

Could you use an extra $99K for your Business?

Kodak’s Brad Kruchten notes that by using Sonora Plates, printers save 100% of the chemistry, water, energy and waste from plate making.

Hong Kong ‘s printing sector is one of the most highly developed in Asia. From its early roots as a cluster of family run printers, it has transformed itself to become one of the world’s largest printing centers. It’s a major reason many major international publishers of newspapers, magazines and books locate their regional offices here.

As the sector continues to innovate by investing in new printing technology, Kodak was honored to have an opportunity to sponsor and speak at the Hong Kong Graphic Arts Association’s most recent printing seminar. Brad Kruchten, President of Kodak’s Print Systems Division, addressed how new technology, like Sonora, is helping printers around the world improve efficiency and productivity in their operations, while yielding significant gains in their desire to be more sustainable.

Here’s a few interesting proof points Brad shared that make a compelling case for printers considering making the switch to process free plate making. First, by using SONORA, printers save 100% of the chemistry, water, energy and waste from plate making. In fact, Kodak estimates that SONORA plates could save the industry 6.2 million liters of plate developer in three years. What does all this mean to your bottom line? Well, we estimate that the average printer’s savings using SONORA Plates is about $8,255/month or $99K annually. What would you do with an extra $99K to reinvest in your business? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Four Sustainability Lessons for Printers from the Sonoran Desert

Kodak’s Pam Patterson, Worldwide Product Marketing Manager for Plates & Sustainability recently posted a great piece after attending the GreenBiz Forum in Phoenix, Arizona. She discusses the state of sustainability in business today and the opportunities it brings for the printing sector.  Below is an excerpt from her post on the One Blog and a link to the full piece hereSonoran_Desert_620X0

Last week I spent three enlightening days at the GreenBiz Forum in Phoenix, Arizona. One of my roles here at Kodak is to show printers how they can reduce their environmental impact by using process free plates in their offset printing operations, and I went to the GreenBiz Forum to learn about the state of sustainability in business today and bring back some lessons for Kodak and the printing industry.

It was fitting that the event took place in Phoenix, the largest city in the Sonoran Desert !

The forum was incredibly informative, full of case studies from companies that are creating new best practices around sustainability and workshops that tackled the big challenges like water scarcity, supply chains, and employee engagement.

Here are four of the takeaways that I found most interesting and applicable to the printing industry.


Kodak Sonora Plates Now Used By 1,800 Customers Worldwide

Since the announcement of our 1,000th customer for KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates in July 2014, Kodak’s customer base has continued to grow dramatically. There are now more than 1,800 customers using SONORA Plates, and strong global growth is projected to continue.

The enthusiastic adoption of Kodak’s process-free plates stems from both their economic and environmentalKodakSonora_graphic_Energy benefits. SONORA Process Free Plates eliminate the processing step required by traditional thermal plates and provide significant energy, water, and waste reductions without requiring printers to make sacrifices on productivity or print capabilities.

In Asia, Kodak shipped SONORA Plates to more than 200 customers  during 2014, with that number expected to increase in 2015. To support this demand, we recently upgraded our Xiamen, China, plate plant to manufacture SONORA Plates.

Kodak Inaugurates SONORA Plates production line in Xiamen

The addition of the Xiamen line, adds to SONORA Plate production  in Osterode, Germany and Columbus, Ohio.

The addition of the Xiamen line, adds to SONORA Plate production in Osterode, Germany and Columbus, Ga.

Our Xiamen plant in China has always been a leader in manufacturing excellence. The plant adds to its credentials with another exciting milestone,  the inauguration of a SONORA Plates production line. The addition of the SONORA line comes as interest and adoption of these game changing plates rapidly grows. To date, over 1,000 printing companies around the world have enthusiastically made the conversion to the new technology, significantly reducing the cost and environmental impact of plate making in their operations without impacting quality and productivity.




KODAK SONORA Plates Reach Growth Milestone with 1,000th Customer

Sonora Process FreeKodak today announced that it has reached a significant milestone: 1,000 customers have adopted KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates that remove the plate processing step completely without sacrificing the quality or productivity of traditional mainstream processed plates. Printing companies around the world have embraced the technology enthusiastically, leading to a rapid growth in the number of SONORA Plate customers in 2014.

Reynolds and Reynolds, based in Dayton, Ohio, is a leading printer of forms for automobile dealerships and provider of software and services that help dealerships manage business operations, is the 1,000th customer for SONORA Process Free Plates.

“We are seeing rapid growth in KODAK SONORA Plate adoption with customers energized about making the switch to process free,” said Rich Rindo, General Manager, Worldwide Graphics Marketing, and Vice President, Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Film (GECF). “This 1,000th customer milestone is further evidence that Kodak’s recent worldwide manufacturing investments are well timed and vital to ensuring our customers’ continued success with SONORA Process Free Plates.” (more…)

Do You Worry about Rising Energy Costs?

In business there are small ways to save on electricity and there are big ways. Saving electricity is important not only for reducing costs but for becoming more sustainable. We developed the infographic below to highlight the energy that printers use to make plates. You may not think about how much energy your plate making equipment uses, but it’s worth noting that ovens to bake plates use a lot of energy, and a large plate processor will use more energy than a small plate processor.

Sonora_Energy_InfographicKodak is committed to developing solutions to help printers reduce their energy costs. For instance, KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates go straight from the imager to the press, skipping the processing step entirely, which means no processing equipment and therefore no energy needed to run that equipment. That can make a big difference!

We estimate that in the next year alone, the commercial print industry could save up to 100 million kWh of energy because of SONORA Plates.

The number of printers that have switched to SONORA Plates is astounding. To keep up with the demand, we recently announced that we’re adding a new line dedicated to SONORA Plate production for the Americas in our Columbus, Georgia, plant, and we’ve added capacity in Osterode, Germany for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and in Xiamen, China, for the Asia-Pacific region.

Kodak has solutions that can reduce energy usage while imaging plates as well. Do you have an older CTP device? It might be time for an upgrade. Some newer KODAK Platesetter models have power save features such as automatic shutoff during idle times or remote on/off functionality, and the KODAK ACHIEVE Platesetter, our latest platesetter offering, uses only 0.7 kWh when imaging and 0.48 kWh in standby mode. That’s about as much as a vacuum cleaner and a television set, respectively.

Just as it’s important to move to the latest energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs at home to save energy, businesses need to look at the latest solutions that can reduce energy usage. Making a change could make a big difference in that monthly utility bill.

For a look at how SONORA Plates can also reduce your water costs, see this previous blog post and infographic.

Going Direct in Australia

Kodak’s Steve Venn speaks with Print21 to discuss our decision to move to a direct sales model for plates in Australia. You can read the entire article online at Print21. As Steve comments below, it’s all about the customer:  

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 14.24.46“It makes Kodak more competitive, at a time when customers are under extreme price pressures in some cases. But it’s not just a question of plate price, we’re looking forward to talking with customers about total solutions, from plates, workflow, colour solutions right through to working with customers considering a transition to digital.”