Kodak Sonora process-free plates sales up 24%

Growth has been driven by offset printers, more demand

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Kodak Sonora process-free plates sales up 24%
Kodak Sonara process-free plates are said to improve the sustainability performance of print businesses

Kodak Sonora process-free plates business has risen by 24% over the previous year in terms of sales volumes. The growth has been driven by offset printers in India who are taking advantage of the efficiency, sustainability, and cost benefits of Kodak Sonora process-free plates, the company said.  

The combined efforts of Kodak’s direct sales and its channel partners in India also played a key role, according to the company. 

SONORA XTRA printed images
SONORA XTRA printed images

 “We are excited to have reached this very significant milestone with our Sonora process-free plates in India. At the same time, we are confident that even more printers will want to benefit from the environmental and efficiency advantages of our process-free plates in the near future. We expect enormous growth of our Sonora plates business in India to continue in the coming years,” said Simon Gan, VP, Regional Sales, GCC-SEA, Kodak.

There are many good reasons why more printers in India are joining the well over 6,000 users of Kodak  Sonara process-free plates around the world – they drastically simplify and streamline the platemaking process and improve the sustainability performance of print businesses. 

SONORA XTRA on the Rollers
SONORA XTRA on the Rollers

They completely eliminate electricity, water, developer, replenisher and gumming solution, and clean-out finisher associated with conventional plate processing. Since there isn’t any chemistry used and no plate processor in need of cleaning and maintenance, there is also no waste chemicals or contaminated residual liquids to be disposed of and Sonora plates help reduce waste on press, the company said. 

Kodak is a leading global manufacturer focused on commercial print and advanced materials and chemicals.  

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