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Newspaper Printers Turn to KODAK Digital Solutions to Increase Reliability, Efficiency and Quality

Monday, June 12, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 9 -- Frank Mayborn Enterprises in Temple, Texas; The Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, Colo.; SPC Printing Inc. in Hibbing, Minn.; Galveston Newspapers Inc. in Galveston, Texas; RiverTown Printing Group in Red Wing, Minn.; Times-Citizen Communications in Iowa Falls, Iowa; NPG Newspapers Inc. in Saint Joseph, Mo.; The Villages of Lake Sumter Inc. of The Villages, Fla.; and Ogden Publishing Corp. of Ogden, Utah, all recently purchased KODAK digital newspaper solutions to improve productivity and enhance quality. Frank Mayborn Enterprises, which prints a number of daily and weekly newspapers, including The Temple Daily Telegram, purchased a KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 thermal platesetter, KODAK digital plates, KODAK PRINERGY Evo workflow system and STACCATO screening. Frank Mayborn Enterprises is a member of the PAGE Co-op, a not for profit, member owned buying cooperative with 1,250 member newspapers across the United States that have a combined circulation of 10.3 million. Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group is a member of PAGE’s preferred suppliers program. “We looked at all of the different technologies on the market and recognized that thermal is the one everyone is migrating to today,” said Richard Herschler, Business Manager at The Temple Daily Telegram. “We evaluated all of the units out there and wanted something that was proven in the field. Kodak has the track record we wanted and offers the full range of solutions we felt we needed from a single supplier.” The Pueblo Chieftain, a member of PAGE Co-op, purchased two TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 platesetters and a PRINERGY Evo workflow system to handle its needs in printing 52,000 daily copies and 56,000 Sunday copies, along with three weekly newspapers, monthly and bimonthly publications, and monthly promotional projects. “We’re a medium size newspaper and PRINERGY Evo software is perfect for our operation. We decided to go with the TRENDSETTER NEWS platesetters after talking to a lot of people in the industry who confirmed to us that thermal CTP was the way to go,” said Ned Sutton, Production Director at The Pueblo Chieftain. SPC Printing Inc., a member of PAGE Co-op handling consolidated printing for 50 different publications across the Iron Range in northeast Minnesota, purchased a KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 100 platesetter, PRINERGY Evo workflow system and STACCATO screening for its production needs. “We felt Kodak’s technology offered the best fit for our business plan. The quality, speed and uptime of the TRENDSETTER NEWS 100 platesetter are what drove us,” said Todd Keute, General Manager at SPC Printing, which produces the Mesabi Daily News and Hibbing Daily Tribune as part of the publication mix the company handles. “We went to NEXPO this year weighing the advantages of violet and thermal CTP before deciding that thermal CTP was the way to go. Kodak offered the service piece to give us the resources we really need.” “Newspaper printers are turning to Kodak for thermal platesetters, digital plates, prepress workflow and screening technology for high quality and flexibility,” said Karen Mitchell, Regional Marketing Manager-Newspaper Segment, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group. “Kodak’s goal is to help newspapers expand revenue opportunities by using technology to operate more efficiently. Most printers today have to manage the demands of multiple publications on tight deadlines, placing an emphasis on equipment reliability and speed. We are focused on meeting these needs.” Other newspaper printers adding KODAK solutions include: •Galveston Newspapers Inc., a member of PAGE Co-op and printer of The Galveston County Daily News, purchased a TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 platesetter, KODAK THERMALNEWS digital plates, PRINERGY Evo workflow system and STACCATO screening. •RiverTown Printing Group, a division of Forum Communications which prints a number of daily and weekly publications, purchased two TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 platesetters, THERMALNEWS plates and a KODAK NewsManager workflow system. •Times-Citizen Communications, that prints the Times-Citizen daily newspaper, along with several weeklies and an agricultural magazine, purchased a TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 platesetter, PRINERGY Evo workflow system and STACCATO screening. •NPG Newspapers Inc., a member of PAGE Co-op and printer of the St. Joseph News-Press, several weeklies and commercial assignments, added its second TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 platesetter and PRINERGY Connect workflow system. They also use THERMALNEWS plates and KODAK THERMAL DIRECT nonprocess printing plates. •The Villages of Lake Sumter Inc., a member of PAGE Co-op, owns The Villages Media Group that produces The Villages Daily Sun and other commercial assignments. The Villages purchased two TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 platesetters, two PRINERGY Evo workflow systems and STACCATO screening. •Ogden Publishing Corp., a member of PAGE Co-op and printer of the Standard-Examiner, has purchased PRINERGY Evo, NewsManager and KODAK InSite workflow systems. Kodak offers proven end to end solutions, including thermal CTP platesetters, workflow, digital plates and screening technologies, all supported by round the clock service offerings. The TRENDSETTER NEWS thermal CTP device comes in five speeds, ranging from 60 to more than 240 plates per hour to suit newspaper printing facilities of all sizes. The TRENDSETTER NEWS platesetter 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. THERMALNEWS printing plates meet 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 more than 200,000 without postbaking. And, faster makeready and plate reliability gives newspapers extra editorial time. KODAK STACCATO screening produces high fidelity, artifact free images that exhibit fine detail and more impactful color in newspapers. STACCATO screening creates images without halftone rosettes, screening moiré, gray level limitations, or abrupt jumps in tone, with no impact on RIPing or rendering time. KODAK NewsManager workflow system, 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. The NewsManager workflow system is scaleable to meet all needs, from contract printers to metropolitan, national and international newspapers with multiple print sites. The PRINERGY Evo workflow system helps newspapers deal with last minute changes easily, without causing delays. In conjunction with TRENDSETTER NEWS CTP devices, 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 PRINERGY technology, PRINERGY Evo software delivers exceptional PDF processing power.




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