Watford, UK - 4/22/01-Quebecor World has recently installed two CreoScitex VLF5467 CtP platesetters in its Corby facility imaging Kodak Polychrome Graphics DITP 830 thermal plates. In 2000, running on conventional lines, Corby used nearly 100,000 sq m of Kodak Polychrome Graphics Capricorn DH plates.
The merger last year of Quebecor Printing and World Color created Quebecor World, a group with sales in 2000 of $6.5bn. In 1995 it acquired its first UK business in Corby and has since added two more adjacent plants. The Corby site is now thought to be the largest heatset web operation in Europe and it has become a high volume user of consumables from Kodak Polychrome Graphics.
Prepress manager, Stephen McCullock, who has worked at Corby for 14 years, says: "Quebecor World has 170 plants around the world and many of them have been CtP for some time. We have our own user group, which provides invaluable feedback, and the advice we received was that Kodak Polychrome Graphics thermal plates worked well on the press. We have only eight weeks experience so far but already we are benefiting from fewer plate cracks and fewer web breaks. We have just printed a catalogue in seven 32-page sections and we gained seven hours press time over a 24 hour period."
McCullock went on to say that: "The supply problems that Kodak Polychrome Graphics was experiencing in the UK are now all in the past. Whatever I want I get from them."With Quebecor World spending well over £500,000 a year with Kodak Polychrome Graphics in Corby alone, its global spend must make it one of the largest users of Kodak Polychrome Graphics consumables in the world. When a customer of this size with this level of experience chooses the thermal route it is certain that it knows what it is doing and the probability is that others will follow.
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