See how NPE Print became Singapore’s first printing company to embrace process free technology by making the change to KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates.

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NPE Print is an award-winning commercial printer delivering the full gamut of services to its clients from project consultation and pre-press all the way through to a full range of offset and digital printing and finishing solutions.

NPE Print has long been committed to enhancing its environmental profile. On an ongoing basis, the company has invested in upgrading older machines to more energy-efficient equipment and rigorously monitors energy and consumable use that are tied to annual reduction targets.

“Over the past ten years, we have made a conscious effort to reduce the impact of our operations on the local environment. Our work in this area is not only essential to improving the productivity of our operations, but it is also an important part of the commitment we make to our customers.”

NPE Print’s first move toward becoming a more sustainable printer began with the introduction of Soy-based Inks, followed by the use of FSC certified paper and the elimination of isopropyl alcohol from its production process. Recently, NPE Print decided to switch all of its plate making to KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates, becoming the first printer in Singapore to embrace process-free technology. With five offset presses running across its operation, 100% of the plates produced at NPE Print are now process free.

“The benefits of using SONORA Plates have provided a significant advantage to our company. We have been able to eliminate the use of chemicals and reduce our energy consumption. On press, the SONORA plates are extremely durable and stable. With five presses and over 40 plates coming out of our Kodak TRENDSETTER every hour, we have been able to reduce our costs by 15% annually because of SONORA.

NPE Print’s focus on sustainability has also become an important component of their approach to customer service. The company’s clients, who include government agencies, telecom firms, and educational institutions, are regularly informed about the types of eco-friendly technology and products NPE Print employs.

“We mainly serve the Singapore market, but we are also proud to work with company’s from across the world, including the UK and Australia. Many of them tell us that our high-quality printing and commitment to sustainable printing practices are equally important factors in choosing NPE Print as their print service provider.”

Kodak was proud to honor NPE Print with the 2016 Kodak SONORA Green Leaf Award. The recognition shines a spotlight on NPE Print’s leadership and influential voice as an eco-friendly printing enterprise. The company is the first printer from Singapore to receive this recognition since the SONORA Green Leaf Award program began in 2014. Kodak has now recognized over twenty printers for their leadership in sustainable printing.

See how Ohshika Printing became Japan’s first printing company to receive the Kodak Green Leaf Award

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In 2017, Ohshika Printing became Japan’s first printing company to receive the coveted Kodak Green Leaf Award. It’s an honor well deserved for this 117-year-old printing company. Ohshika is a leader in UV packaging printing for a slew of popular Japanese snack brands and consumer goods.

Since 2001, the company has made significant strides to reduce their environmental impact. At the company’s six manufacturing sites, they have taken steps to reduce their energy consumption through the use of LED lighting, the installation of solar panels and they use hybrid cars for the company fleet.

When Kodak first introduced the SONORA XJ Process Free Plates in 2015, Ohshika saw the potential to expand on its commitment to run a more sustainable printing operation. But as a UV printer, Ohshika was cautious about switching to a new plate system, let alone a relatively unproven process-free technology that could also handle the rigorous demands required for UV printing.

“While we saw the potential for the significant energy savings and elimination of processing could deliver, we were not confident that SONORA could handle the demands of our UV presses and provide the quality our customers demand.”

The company’s caution turned to excitement after Ohshika began a thorough testing period. On an average month, the presses consume 5,000 plates to serve the needs of hundreds of its customer’s packaging jobs.  Ohshika set a benchmark for testing at 30,000 impressions per plate. After a week of testing, SONORA proved it was fit for the job. The test demonstrated the UV plates are capable of delivering longer run lengths for UV print applications than any other process free plate by offering consistent quality across 30,000 impressions.

Mr. Hiroyuki Furuta, General Manager at Ohshika, said, “After the test, we felt confident that SONORA UV was the right fit for our operation. It can handle the complex and challenging jobs that we do everyday for our customers, while also delivering a significant benefit to our bottom line and impact on the environment.”

Since the initial testing period, Ohshika changed all of their plates to 100% SONORA XJ.

Mr. Nobuyoshi Hamatake, General Manager of Production Department, commented on the transition. “I was worried that the move to a new plate would be challenging for my team, but with Kodak’s support, we were up and running very quickly. The transition was quite seamless for our company.”

The adoption of SONORA XJ is also hitting the bottom line for Ohshika by helping the company eliminate chemical waste, all the costs associated with the disposal of hazardous liquids, and the related maintenance costs for the developer to the tune of 5 million Yen annually.   In addition to the significant environmental improvements, Mr. Furuta and his team have been delighted by the on-machine image quality, especially with their oil-based printing and UV printing presses.  Ohshika’s steady commitment over the past ten years to continuously invest in reducing their operations burden on the local environment has been good for business and the community they serve.

2016 Kodak SONORA Green Leaf Award: Kunshan KAVA Printing Co., Ltd.

KAVA: Leading China’s Printing Industry Into An Eco-friendly Era

KAVA Printing is a pioneer in eco-friendly printing in China and has set the pace for how the industry approaches sustainable print. An early adopter of digital printing, KAVA understands that printing technology has the potential to deliver productivity increases, while also yielding gains in their objective to become a more sustainable business. In 2015 KAVA took a big step forward down this path, becoming the first printer in China to select Kodak’s SONORA UV Process Free Plates. The switch to process free plate making means Kava no longer has to spend the time and money treating the nearly two tons of chemical waste the operation was generating annually. It has also increased the speed at which they operate, with plates getting to press quicker. In addition to using Kodak SONORA UV Process Free Plates, KAVA is IPA-free. They now print with UV ink– which contains no solvents compared to traditional ink, adding to the company’s efforts to eliminate chemical waste during the printing process.

KAVA’s sustainable print model has also elevated the company’s reputation among one its most important customer groups, consumer packaged good companies. For these brands, the environmental credentials of their print suppliers can mean the difference between winning and losing the contract. Investment in technology like SONORA is a big reason that brands from the cosmetics, infant formula, and consumer goods sector continue to place their trust and print jobs with KAVA.

KAVA’s approach to managing its impact on the environment is also earning applause from China’s regulators –who have made it a priority for industry’s like printing to reduce their environmental impact. It received the “Energy-efficient Star Award” in 2012 and the “Clean Production Enterprise Certificate” in 2014 from the government. In 2016, KAVA reinforced its commitment to the environment and social responsibility by establishing the Suzhou City Green Printing Engineering and Technology Research Center. In the same year, the company showcased its green printing practices at the prestigious Suzhou Technology Fair. The company also holds the vice chairmanship of the Kunshan Packaging Industry Association.

“KAVA has been committed to printing responsibly since we first set-up our operation. We’re proud to take a leadership role in this very important area for the print industry in China. Our sustainable printing practices are an important part of running a healthy and profitable business,” commented Mr. Wang Jian Hua, general manager of KAVA Printing.

Kodak was proud to honor KAVA with the 2016 Kodak SONORA Green Leaf Award. The recognition shines a spotlight on KAVA’s leadership and influential voice as an eco-friendly printing enterprise in one of the world’s largest print markets.

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柯达腾格里绿叶奖2016 –昆山科望快速印务有限公司

科望:带领中国印刷业进入绿色新世代

昆山科望快速印务有限公司(下文简称“科望”)成立于1995年10月,迄今已有20多年历史。科望是中国环保印刷的先驱,为印刷行业建立了环保印刷的标准。

作为最早采用数码印刷的公司,科望于2005年开始使用数码印刷。在生产过程中,科望发现采用最新印刷科技具有巨大的商业优势,而且,新印刷技术还能履行社会责任、保护生态环境。看到环保印刷的种种好处后,科望开始提升其印刷器材。

2015年,科望开始使用柯达最新推出的腾格里免冲洗UV印版,成为国内第一家使用这项最新印刷技术的公司。很快,科望就发现,使用柯达腾格里免冲洗UV印版所带来的优势——没有了显影这一步骤,不仅提高了显影效率,而且不产生任何废液,为科望节省了每年2吨左右的废液处理费用,同时,科望的0废液排放也得到了政府机构和社会大众的认可。

科望除了使用柯达腾格里免冲洗印UV版技术外,还积极推行零酒精印制。原来的印版业是需要使用酒精的,科望通过零酒精新工艺的使用,将对环境产生污染的影响减少到最小,甚至没有污染。在油墨上,科望也采用国际上最新的UV油墨,UV油墨和普通油墨的最大差别在于UV油墨里不含任何溶剂,因此在生产过程中其污染物排放量几乎为零。

一些国内和国际知名的日化企业、食品企业,对环保印刷的要求比较高,在选择印刷供应商的时候,会对印刷供应商进行综合评价,其中会对环保工艺、排污等情况进行综合考虑,了解到科望的环保理念和采用的环保工艺后,为最大程度地减少商品生产过程中对环境的破坏,在其他条件相同的情况下,优先选择与科望合作。科望与这些知名的企业合作,印刷出的环保商品,如化妆品、奶粉包装盒等,走进了全国各地、千家万户,是消费者日常中经常使用的商品。

科望所取得的商业成功巩固了它在中国印刷市场的领先地位。公司持续获政府、印刷业和环保业颁发各项奖状。由于科望在节能降耗、绿色低碳生产上的杰出贡献,政府相关机构于2012年授予科望“能效之星”,2014年授予科望“清洁生产合格企业”。2016年,致力于保护环境的科望,专门成立了绿色印刷的工艺研究中心——苏州市绿色印刷工程技术研究中心,践行企业绿色生产的社会责任。同年,科望的绿色印刷工艺在苏州科技节上大放异彩。

作为一家有社会责任感的印刷厂商,同时,作为昆山市包装行业协会的副会长单位,科望在包装行业也积极宣贯环保理念和环保技术,分享新的环保工艺。

科望是一家能善用最新最环保的印刷科技去实践业务成功及社会责任的公司。因此,柯达给科望颁发了“2016年度柯达腾格里绿叶奖”,以肯定科望在环保印刷行业的杰出贡献。

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Printers from Asia and Africa Win Prestigious SONORA Green Leaf Award

We are thrilled to announce that printers from APAC and Africa have received recognition for their commitment to sustainable printing practices. The regional winners of the prestigious KODAK SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award include:

Kodak managing director (Middle East, Africa and South Asia) Komal Sharma (third from right) presents the SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award to New Straits Times Press production general manager, Aszman Kasmani

Kodak managing director (Middle East, Africa and South Asia) Komal Sharma (third from right) presents the SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award to New Straits Times Press production general manager, Aszman Kasmani

The New Straits Times Press (NSTP), Malaysia’s largest media group. With a considerable amount of capital invested in materials, NSTP has worked to improve materials management, reducing wastage of paper by over 24%. Investment in press system upgrades since 2012 have continued to increase in-house efficiency by reducing start up copies and printing registrations. NSTP also sends 100% of its paper waste to Malaysian Newsprint Industries (MNI) for recycling.

Warren Bell, Business Manager, Kodak, presenting award to Charles Ndungu, Chief, Printing and Publishing Unit of the UNECA, along with Alfred Kandarah, MD, Typotech

Warren Bell, Business Manager, Kodak, presenting award to Charles Ndungu, Chief, Printing and Publishing Unit of the UNECA, along with Alfred Kandarah, MD, Typotech

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) mission is to promote the economic and social development of its member States. In addition to their use of SONORA Plates, the UNECA is using 100% recycled paper both for office use and conference documents and aims to incorporate ecologically sustainable building design across its operations. As part of its mission, the UNECA is a vocal advocate for sustainability, publishing books that support natural resource conservation and renewable energy.

 

 

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


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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…)

Increasing number of South East Asia Newspapers Adopt Sonora Process Free Plates

In conjunction with the 5th Annual ASEAN Newspaper Printers Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, a number of the region's leading news publisher's who are using Kodak's Sonora Process Free Plate technology came together at an Open House hosted by Thailand's Matichon Weekly.

In conjunction with the 5th Annual ASEAN Newspaper Printers Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, a number of the region’s leading news publisher’s who are using Kodak’s Sonora Process Free Plate technology came together at an Open House hosted by Thailand’s Matichon Weekly. Publisher’s who are saving on costs associated with water, chemicals and electricity, while improving the productivity and quality of their operations include The New Straits Times, Berita Harian, Harian Metro, Malay Mail, Sin Chew Daily, The Brunei Times.

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.