Kodak Reports More CTP, Inkjet Sales

By: E&P Staff

Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y., reports sales of 16 thermal CTP devices and 10 continuous inkjet printing systems

The Chicago Tribune bought seven Kodak Versamark DS5120 Printing Systems to handle addressing and labeling for its total market coverage and zoned newspaper products.

Calling the Versamark equipment “simple to integrate with our inserting equipment” and “ecologically and employee friendly,” Tribune Senior Project Manager Larry Rutherford said in a statement that the inkjet units were chosen for their “relatively low maintenance” and self-cleaning heads. Labeling, he said, will improve traceability and accountability.

The Orange County (Calif.) Register bought three Versamark DS5120 Printing Systems, two of which are integrated with Goss inserters, for flexibility in addressing micro-zoned publications.

Among recent buyers of computer-to-plate systems, Steve Hoffman, printing director at The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, said the decision to go with Kodak’s thermal technology was based on process stability, reproduction accuracy and consumables price. The paper ordered three Kodak Trendsetter News 200 platesetters and Kodak Thermalnews Gold digital plates, which image and process quickly and offer run lengths exceeding 200,000 impressions without post-baking (see February E&P).

At the Ogden, Utah, Standard-Examiner, the choice of two Trendsetter 70 imagers, Kodak plates and Kodak Staccato screening resulted largely from its 2006 purchase of Kodak Prinergy Evo and Newsmanager PDF workflow systems, according to Production Director Bart Wade. “Now we have total integration across our prepress operation,” he said.

Other newspaper printers across North America adding Kodak solutions include: CanWest’s Pacific Newspaper Group in Surrey, British Columbia (three Trendsetter News 150 platesetters to print The Vancouver Sun and The Province); Cox Newspapers’ Austin (Texas) American-Statesman (three Trendsetter News 150s to handle production of their daily, The New York Times and commercial products); Missourian Publishing Co., Washington, Mo. (Trendsetter News 100, Kodak plates, Staccato screening, Prinergy Evo and Kodak Preps imposition software for production of the twice-weekly Washington Missourian, Union Missourian, St. Clair Missourian, and commercial products); Pacific Press Corp., San Jose, Calif. (Trendsetter News 50for printing the VietNam Daily News); the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine (Trendsetter News 100 to print the daily, seven weeklies and commercial work); Carolina Classifieds, Monroe, N.C., (two Trendsetter News 70s, Kodak plates, Staccato screening and Prinergy Evo, Preps and Kodak Insite software, a Web portal into Prinergy, Insite streamlines job submission, status tracking, and remote content proofing or approval).

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