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.

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.