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Several Purchase KODAK Thermal CTP Newspaper Solutions

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y. January 11Phoenix Newspapers, Inc.; Metroland Printing Publishing & Distributing Ltd.; Brehm Communications Inc. and McNaughton Newspapers have purchased KODAK thermal computer to plate (CTP) newspaper solutions to make the transition to a digital production environment. KODAK thermal CTP newspaper solutions deliver increases in print productivity, reliability, efficiency and quality, helping customers meet tight deadlines, improve profitability and explore new market opportunities. Phoenix Newspapers Inc., Gannett Co.’s largest single newspaper operation, will begin a complete conversion to CTP early this year at both its Deer Valley and Mesa facilities that print The Arizona Republic and The New York Times. Phoenix Newspapers Inc. has ordered five KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS thermal CTP devices consisting of four TRENDSETTER NEWS 200 CTP devices and one TRENDSETTER NEWS 100 CTP device, along with KODAK THERMALNEWS plates and four NELA PL-T plateloaders. Metroland Printing, Publishing & Distributing Ltd. of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, purchased a KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 150 device, KODAK Thermal Digital Plates and a NELA PL-T plateloader. Metroland publishes 100 community newspapers such as The Mississauga News. Brehm Communications Inc., based in San Diego, Calif., and with more than 50 daily, weekly and semiweekly newspapers, will begin an installation at its third production site with KODAK thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) equipment in February. Hi-Desert Publishing, Yucca Valley, Calif., has ordered the third KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS thermal CTP device along with a KODAK PRINERGY Evo workflow system. The Brehm family of production sites now own a KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 100 CTP device and KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 CTP device, along with the new KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 50 CTP device. McNaughton Newspapers in the Northern California area purchased a KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 device for the Daily Republic operation in Fairfield and a KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 50 device for the Davis Enterprise operation in Davis. Both sites will also install KODAK PRINERGY Evo workflow servers to bring additional efficiencies to its prepress departments. The Daily Republic and Davis Enterprise are part of McNaughton Newspapers, which includes the Mountain Democrat, Life Newspapers and the Winters Express, all located in Northern California. “Newspapers of all sizes are transitioning to digital,” said Neil McLean, Worldwide Newspaper Director, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group. “The fidelity and exposure latitude of KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS CTP devices and KODAK THERMALNEWS printing plates allow them to make this change with confidence. The automation and data integrity provided by KODAK NewsManager Software and KODAK PRINERGY Evo workflow systems can extend closing times of editions. These features help keep newspapers competitive in our media rich environment.” Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group offers proven end-to-end solutions including CTP, workflow, consumables and screening technologies. The KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS thermal CTP device comes in five speeds, ranging from 50 to more than 200 plates per hour to suit newspaper printing facilities of all sizes. The KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS CTP device delivers fast, reliable imaging with a standard file-format interface for newspaper production systems. It is available with semi-automatic or fully automated plate loading and unloading. The machine-to-machine accuracy of the KODAK SQUARESPOT thermal imaging heads, combined with the binary nature of thermal imaging, achieves consistent and repeatable halftone dot structures. The KODAK THERMALNEWS printing plate meets the rigorous demands of newspaper printing. Precise reproduction of high resolution, first generation thermal dots, with no dot gain at plate level, provides outstanding quality output and run lengths of 200,000+ without postbaking. And, faster makeready and plate reliability gives newspapers extra editorial time. KODAK NewsManager Software, a powerful PDF workflow management tool for high-performance newspaper prepress, enables a flexible, automated workflow from edition plan to plate production. Based on open standards, it easily integrates into existing systems. KODAK NewsManager workflow software is scaleable to meet all needs, from contract printers to metropolitan, national and international newspapers with multiple print sites. The KODAK PRINERGY Evo workflow system helps newspapers deal with last-minute changes easily, without causing delays. In conjunction with KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS CTP devices, KODAK PRINERGY Evo software helps deliver end-to-end automation, speed, control and flexibility so newspapers can extend editorial and ad deadlines and output large numbers of pages more quickly. Based on the latest standards, and proven KODAK PRINERGY refine technology, KODAK PRINERGY Evo software delivers exceptional PDF processing power.




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