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Multiprint Litho Underpins Environmental Ethos With KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates

First MEAF printer to improve sustainable production with Kodak’s green plate technology 

Multiprint Litho, Johannesburg, is the first operation in the Middle East and Africa to enhance its sustainability by switching plate production to the new KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate.

Fundamental to this decision is a very strong environmentally conscientious ethos.

It was this commitment to continued sustainability improvements that led the company to begin using KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates. The plates offered high-quality thermal imaging and the complete elimination of plate processing. “Sonora XP Plates help increase productivity, simplify operation and remove costs by reducing the number of steps required for platemaking.”

The plates offer enhancements in both imaging speed and latent image contrast over previous generation technology, while providing the same resolution, reliability, accuracy and repeatability as traditionally processed thermal plates. They also improve stability and consistency of print due to the elimination of processing variations from removing the processor.

Sustainability on a plate - Enviromentally Friendly

While quality is paramount, equally important is the sustainable benefits delivered. The attributes of the new plate enable the company to pass on significant benefits to customers in terms of environmental responsibility along with increased productivity and stronger plate performance. Multiprint Litho is constantly aware of our environmental responsibility and the KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates have allowed us to eliminate the process chemistry.

The plates are run on a KODAK MAGNUS 800 Platesetter installed in January 2012.

Natural choice

When Multiprint Litho decided to be environmentally friendly, we knew it would be a process that doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process we started some time ago. It began with our printing inks, and the entire plant now runs on vegetable inks (to ISO standard). Together with using FSC--certified paper wherever possible, Multiprint Litho is now reaching the stage of eco friendliness it always hoped to achieve.


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