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Kodak Plates: Made in the U.S.A.
Kodak has a long history of making printing plates in the U.S. out of our Columbus, Georgia, manufacturing plant. It’s all part of our strategy of having local manufacturing to provide the best possible service to our customers. Local manufacturing means that we can provide what our customers need, when they need it. We’ve been making plates in Columbus since 1991, originally as a Polychrome Graphics site. Since then the Columbus site has undergone several improvements to increase production quality and capacity, and it currently has state-of-the art equipment, advanced technology, and over 200 experienced and talented employees. In the last 10 years, Kodak has invested over $30 million in the Columbus plant: In 2009, we completed a $15 million expansion that added 26,000 square feet to the existing facility and added a third plate production line. In 2015, we completed a $16 million expansion that added 48,000 square feet and added a manufacturing l
Upgrading your CTP device can boost productivity and efficiency
Upgrading to a new CTP device is a quick and cost-effective way for a printer to become more productive and efficient, and ultimately more competitive. Many printers in the industry today are still using platesetters that they installed five or even ten years ago. Why not, if they’re still working? However, even though their platesetters may still be imaging plates as well as they did when they were new, upgrading to a new platesetter can deliver big benefits. Not only do new platesetters come with updated software, hardware and basic components, which reduce service and repair costs as well as the risk of failure at an inconvenient time, Kodak’s newer models offer significant power savings, additional speed and automation options. Upgrading is a smart business decision for printers that want to grow their business and reduce costs. One exciting new option for KODAK ACHIEVE and TRENDSETTER Platesetters is the new Multi-Cassette Unit (MCU), which offe
Kodak Announces Plate Price Increase
Kodak announced today it will increase the price of Kodak offset printing plates globally. Plate prices will increase up to 9%. The price of aluminum, the primary raw material used to manufacture printing plates, has increased dramatically in recent months. Despite internal cost reductions and improved operational productivity, the magnitude of rising aluminum prices can no longer be sustained by the company, as noted in Kodak’s Q1 2018 Earnings Conference Call. John O’Grady, President, Print Systems Division, Kodak, explained, “With aluminum prices now reaching multi-year highs, it has become necessary to institute a plates price increase. While Kodak has worked diligently to reduce its own costs to lessen the impact of aluminum, the delta has become too great for us to bear, while maintaining our brand promise as a supplier of quality plates to the industry.” “Looking to the future, we are exploring different business models to reduce the effect of aluminum