2007- Kodak Xiamen Opens its Doors
Kodak opened its first plate manufacturing line ten years ago in Xiamen, China – a bustling port city on China’s southeast coast. When the first line went into operation in 2007, the state-of-the-art facility significantly increased Kodak’s total manufacturing capacity worldwide, providing a base of operations to improve service and customer support in China and the Asia-Pacific region.
Today, the plant manufactures Kodak’s extensive range of digital and conventional printing plates, including KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates. The output from the facility has reached over 30 million square meters and services customers in 69 countries and regions. Behind the success of this incredible journey are over 300 employees who power the manufacturing plant’s success every day.
Expanding Plate Production
The Xiamen team has been crucial in ensuring customers have timely access to these new products as Kodak plate technology has advanced. In 2010, the group added a second production line underlining Kodak’s commitment to strengthen its production base for customers in the region. In 2013, the second production line was upgraded to handle the growing global demand for KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates. Today, more than 3,000 Kodak customers worldwide use KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates to produce a variety of printed products including commercial print, books, newspapers, and packaging.
As a leader in thermal plate technology, Kodak continues to advance its plate portfolio by investing in research and development to deliver the innovation that printers need as technology changes as. This tradition began in 1995 when Kodak invented the first thermal plates and continues today with innovative solutions for newspaper, packaging, flexographic, commercial and web offset printing. Two new plates that will soon be rolling off the Xiamen plant’s line are expected to set new levels of on-press performance for print service providers.
Taking Advantage of UV & Advanced Resin Technology (ART)
The KODAK SONORA UV Process Free Plate is a new plate designed to allow printers using UV, including the new low-energy UV presses, to achieve higher run lengths than with any other process-free plate available today. The KODAK SWORD MAX Thermal Plate will feature patented Advanced Resin Technology (ART), which delivers high-performance features for printers facing challenging press conditions and strict cost constraints.
Hundreds of of Xiamen plant employees and Kodak executives, including Offset Print and PSD Vice President Rich Rindo and plant General Manager Zhijun Zheng, gathered together for the 10th anniversary celebration. Twelve employees were bestowed with the Outstanding Employee Award at the event for their tremendous efforts to make Xiamen the world-class manufacturing facility.
“Xiamen is a critical part of Kodak’s advanced manufacturing capabilities and the team here is one of the best in the business,” Rindo said. “Because of their great work and dedication to excellence in manufacturing, our print customers here and across the region can be assured that Kodak will always be able to deliver on their demand for exceptional quality printing plates.”