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Toppan Forms Now Biggest KODAK PROSPER Customer in the World with Fifth Press
At drupa 2016, Kodak announced the sale of a fifth KODAK PROSPER Press to Toppan Forms Co., Ltd. The deal will see the printing giant become the world’s largest KODAK PROSPER user when the Japanese market’s first KODAK PROSPER 6000C Press has been installed. Toppan Forms will utilize their new PROSPER 6000C Press for variable textbook and business mail printing. “Our existing presses have been running at full production, and the addition of a fifth PROSPER Press will enable us to continue our path of steady growth and best serve our customers across multiple markets,” said Mr. Akira Kameyama, Senior Managing Director and General Manager, Toppan Forms. “This investment testifies our confidence in KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology and the overwhelming printing productivity it delivers.” “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with one of the global print industry’s leading print service providers, and will continue working closely with them to ensure they capitali
How Do Process Free Plates Work?
Kodak's press ready technology enables SONORA Plates to eliminate processing and chemistry from plate making. Will you need to change anything? Probably not much. In prepress , your biggest change will be eliminating the processing step. No more buying chemistry, handling it, storing it, or disposing of it. No more cleaning the processing equipment, replacing parts, or worrying what to do if it breaks down. No more noise or smell from the processor, and no more dealing with a cramped prepress room. And no more measuring plates to make sure nothing changed due to old chemistry or processing temperature variations-the plates will be exactly as expected. Other than that, SONORA Plates are just like any other thermal plate. SONORA Plates can be imaged on most popular thermal platesetters, including all KODAK Platesetters, and can be used with both manual and automated systems. Because of the fast imaging
The rise of flexo in a growing package printing market
The future is bright for flexo print service providers. In a sector where flexo accounts for the largest share of print revenue and volume, Pira forecasts growth in the printed packaging market of around 6% per year to $535 billion in 2019. With competition from gravure, offset litho and digital (all of which also enjoy healthy growth forecasts) flexo has stepped up its game to meet the growing demands of brand owners and is giving the other print processes more than a run for their money. Flexography's inherent strength lies in its ability to print high quality graphics cost effectively on a wide variety of substrates and with the widest range of ink types. It doesn't always get its fair share of the industry spotlight, an honor typically reserved for digital printing which, as an aside, is growing rapidly but today still only accounts for just over 2% of printed packaging, growing to a little over 3% by 2019. Where flexo has quietly come into its own, enabled by a c