Package Printers Drive Adoption of KODAK Digital Prepress Solutions
ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Sales of KODAK THERMOFLEX Platesetters and KODAK PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow Systems grew significantly in 2006, exceeding previous year totals by more than 40 percent, as package printers seek solutions to increase efficiency and improve color quality.
“The package printing industry is growing and competition is increasing. Our customers are facing business pressures such as condensed cycle times and increased focus on producing colorful packaging that grabs the consumer’s attention,” said Vic Stalam, director of market segments and vice president, Packaging Products, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group. “To exceed these expectations and grow their businesses, these printers are turning to KODAK solutions such as the THERMOFLEX Platesetter and PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow System to turn prepress into a controlled, digital manufacturing process.”
According to NAPL, productivity improvement in the printing industry has lagged the overall nondurable manufacturing sector, growing only half as fast. To grow revenue and increase profit, package printers are looking for consistent, stable, repeatable print that delivers high impact results on the store shelf.
The Robinette Company is a full service flexible packaging and specialty converting manufacturer committed to serving the food, beverage, construction, textile and healthcare markets. Located in Bristol, Tenn., The Robinette Company installed a THERMOFLEX Platesetter in mid 2005 to improve productivity.
“We were looking for a digital flexo plate device that offered the best print quality improvements. The THERMOFLEX Platesetter was the best we tested,” said Gene Martin, manager, graphics division, The Robinette Company. “Adding the THERMOFLEX Platesetter has enabled us to improve the ROI of our printing business by reducing prepress turnaround time, bringing jobs up to color faster with clearer printing and less downtime for plate washing.”
The THERMOFLEX Platesetters, available in narrow, mid and wide formats, give printers and converters outstanding imaging quality and process control. All devices feature industry leading imaging systems, including KODAK HYPERFLEX Ready Imaging Technology for flexo, to deliver high impact, repeatable print results.