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 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 Names First SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award Winner for Asia-Pacific Region

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Beijing Shengtong Printing Co. recognized for commitment to environmentally conscious printing

Kodak named China-based Beijing Shengtong Printing Co. winner of the inaugural SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award for the Asia-Pacific region. The award recognizes companies that are committed to minimizing the impact of commercial printing on the environment. The award was presented on Friday, November 14, to Shengtong Printing at the All in Print China trade show in Shanghai.

Founded in 2000, Beijing Shengtong Printing serves customers in the book, journal, and pharmaceutical packaging markets in China and Europe. Through Beijing Shengtong Printing’s adoption of KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates, the company has seen immediate improvements with consistent color reproduction, less environmental impact, as well as time and money savings. The company impressed judges with its end-to-end sustainable approach that includes green initiatives throughout its material procurement and production systems, along with its notable list of certifications, including the Environmental Management System Certification (ISO14001) from the International Organization for Standardization and the China Environmental Labeling Product Certification.

“We are thrilled to select Beijing Shengtong Printing as our first Asia-Pacific SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award winner,” said Evandro Matteucci, General Manager, Graphics Business and Vice-President of Marketing, Asia Pacific Region (APR) . “Throughout our time working together, they have demonstrated an enthusiasm for innovating toward greener practices. We look forward to continuing our work with the company to further its environmental goals.” (more…)

China’s Dynamic Printing Market

The impressive growth story of the All-in-Print China trade show, which kicks off at the Shanghai Expo Center on November 14th, reflects the health and vigor of China’s burgeoning printing sector. From the show’s debut in 2003, the number of exhibitors has grown from 480 to over 800 while the number of attendees has increased by 15% annually, to top out at over 100,000 in 2014. Today, China is the world’s second largest printing market, with output exceeding one trillion yuan (US $160M) and employing over 3.4 million people. All in PrintIt’s not only the size of the market that is interesting. The innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of China’s printing sector continues to get stronger every year.  Kodak is proud to be working with a range of leading printers that are spearheading entirely new printing models, like Print-on-Demand book publishing, variable data printing for newspapers and anti-counterfeiting measures in the pharmaceutical sector. The market is also taking strides to become more environmentally sustainable, a priority for China’s major printing associations. At the show, Kodak will honor Beijing Shengtong Printing Co. as the winner of the inaugural SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award for the Asia-Pacific region.

We will be showcasing this terrific work at our 200 square meter booth (#W1-B431) at the Expo center. But, we’re also taking a fresh approach to demonstrate Kodak’s latest technology innovations and winning applications for the commercial print, publishing and packaging sectors. A complimentary Kodak shuttle bus will transport participants to Kodak’s new Asia Pacific Technology Center to experience live demos of Kodak printing technology and see how it can be applied to grow their business, reduce operating costs and help them become more sustainable. It’s an exciting time to be in China, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to contribute to this dynamic market’s growth!

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…)