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Kodak to expand manufacturing of Sonora plates in Ga.

By MIKE DICKINSON - 4/24/2014 3:37:04 PM

Eastman Kodak Co. said Thursday it will add a plate manufacturing line at its Columbus, Ga., facility dedicated to producing Kodak Sonora process-free plates.

The expansion, which adds manufacturing capacity for the Americas region, is driven by rapidly growing customer demand for the plates, the company said.

“To meet the demand…we need to build a brand new world-class plate manufacturing line in our Columbus plant,” said Brad Kruchten, president of Kodak’s Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Films group. “This is a clear statement of our commitment to enable sustainable printing in the Americas.”

The Sonora plates remove the plate-processing step completely, without sacrificing the quality or productivity of traditional mainstream processed plates, Kodak said. More than 800 customers worldwide use the plates with many more waiting to make the switch.

The plates also are manufactured in Europe in Osterode, Germany, and Leeds, U.K. Kodak also has invested to add Sonora plate capacity at its Xiamen, China, plant.

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