Shanghai United Media Group (China)

Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates Help Shanghai United Media Group Improve Top and Bottom Line
In today’s world, shocking industrial pollutions are generated in the background of rapid industrial development. More and more people are beginning to think about the vital part of environmental protection in the sustainability. For the printing industry, environmental protection is at the turning point.

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Currently, the printers are facing increasing challenge of social responsibility. More and more printers selected green devices and consumables to implement the environmental protection initiatives. As a key consumable in the printing production, printing plate is a focus of the printers. Kodak’s Sonora Process Free Plates is a green solution for the printers concerning about the environment.


In 2012, Kodak introduced the Sonora Process Free Plates. In 2013, it entered the Chinese market and accepted by many printers. Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates offer the productivity, quality, and print capability of mainstream plates, but without processors or chemistry, therefore reducing both a printer’s operational costs and environmental impact while providing process control and increasing efficiency in plate making.


After exposed, Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates are able to go to press directly (develop on press), without the need of washing on processors. During the startup of the press, the absorption of the fountain solution prepares the un-imaged coating to be physically removed by the tack and shear of the ink. This enables a successful transfer of the coating from the plate to the blanket, and the coating is then carried out of the press, eliminating the press contaminating issues. In almost all cases, the plates are print ready within the first 5-10 copies.

In 2014, Longwu Printing Plant of Shanghai United Media Group purchased Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates. The printing center of the group includes 3 large newspaper printers, with printing business of 25 titles from the group and 80 titles from the national and local media. LongWu Printing Plant is one of the 3 printers of Shanghai United Media Group. The other two are Lingshi Printing Plant and Jingqiao Printing Plant.

In April 2014, Shanghai Longwu Printing Plant beta tested the Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates. In October, it fully implemented the Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates to be the first newspaper printer in China to fully use the process free CTP plates.

Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates impressed the printer. During using Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates, they think: compared to conventional CTP plates, the plates’ productivity, quality and printing capability match the mainstream plates. In addition, it eliminates the processor and chemicals, resulting in higher plate-making efficiency. Averagely, it saves 30 seconds per one plate making. Meanwhile, it eliminates the processing variables because the processing is no longer needed.

The Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates help the printer reduce operating costs and environmental impact, without compromising the productivity or quality. In other words, the Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates are right choice of the printer to succeed in the age of sustainability and efficiency.

In the future, Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates will help more printers to succeed in the fierce competition.