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The Big Picture: Kodak Polychrome Graphics Plans for IPEX

Press release from the issuing company

Watford, United Kingdom – The Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) stand at IPEX 2002 will be a real ‘Family Affair’. Products from KPG, Kodak Professional, Encad Ltd, a Kodak Company, and partners such as Screen and Creo will be demonstrating an extensive range of products and technologies. The impact will be tremendous as befitting such a line up of leading ‘star’ graphic arts supplier companies. The Kodak Premier film will be launched and the colour technology and proofing products acquired from Imation will be shown in a truly integrated colour proofing solution. The theme of the stand will be ‘The Big Picture’ with a strong movie influence. Film star look-a-likes will be present to welcome visitors to the KPG stand and be photographed on a movie set. Film The Kodak Premier film was announced earlier and now it is being launched into the worldwide graphic arts market. Premier Recording Film is a new hard dot film that improves quality and consistency, increases speed and optimises chemical usage. Available in a broad array of sizes, Premier Recording Film is compatible with a wide selection of existing imagesetters as well as being designed to take advantage of advanced features in the newest recording devices and film processors. Care of the world we live in is important and KPG will have details of the Printers Enviroservices Programme (PEP) including complete waste disposal available for discussion with interested parties. Proofing With the finalisation of the Imation Colour Technologies acquisition KPG now has one of the most complete analogue and digital colour proofing lines available. From the Kodak Approval XP, through the Matchprint product range and the Kodak inkjet printers, to the new First Check desktop proofing system, KPG can meet all customer proofing needs. The Matchprint Professional Server has recently been enhanced by the introduction of version 2.0 software which adds further support for the Xerox DocuColor 12 LP laser printer. Together with the new software, the Matchprint Professional Server and the Xerox DocuColor 12 offer output speed and flexibility for those users who require high quality colour proofs and prints. The Matchprint 2.1 Color RIP software provides colour consistency to a wide range of large format printers. This software provides advanced functionality and colour control together with the ability to drive today’s fast large format printers. Currently the Hewlett Packard DesignJet 2000, 2500 and 5000 together with the Epson Stylus Pro 5000, 7000, and 9000 are supported. The Matchprint 2.1 Color RIP exactly matches the requirements of the graphic arts industry providing the means for content creators, repro house, advertising agencies and print production professionals to check and approve even large format proofs at all stages of the prepress workflow. Encad Inc is now a Kodak Company and the products from this company provide another top-class solution for large format content and imposition proofing, as well as the production of colourful large graphics for a multiple of users. Plates KPG has long been a major player in both conventionally imaged and thermally imaged plates. This lead in technology continues at IPEX 2002 with the demonstration of new plates and technology concepts. First into thermal imaging of plates, KPG has maintained its lead and has obtained significant market share of the computer-to-plate (CtP) business. The original KPG DITP plate has now been enhanced and the new DITP Gold plate will be shown in Europe for the first time at IPEX 2002. This plate has a faster exposure time and complements the improved laser technology from platesetter manufacturers. The high resolution of this plate makes it ideal for quality printing and stochastic screening. The DITP Gold plate will be in action on the stand being imaged by a Creo Quantum platesetter and outputting the IPEX Daily News. Electra Excel is a very popular thermal CtP plate and will be put through its paces on the KPG stand with a Screen PlateRite 8600 B1 thermal platesetting system and a Heidelberg Topsetter 74 B2 platesetter. One of the latest KPG plates is Sword which is a no preheat, no postbake thermal plate with long run capability. IPEX 2002 will be the first European technology demonstration of Sword. It is very solvent resistant and thus has robust press performance. Using a negative type developer enhances throughput and lengthens bath life. Not forgetting conventionally exposed plates, KPG will be showing a new positive plate which is exceptionally solvent resistant making it suitable for difficult printing conditions and giving good performance, unbaked, on web presses. Emphasising its lead in thermal CtP, KPG will be giving a demonstration of plate technology evolution. The processorless plate is the next step and KPG will have examples on the IPEX 2002 stand. Kodak Professional As part of the movie theme, Kodak Professional will be demonstrating the DCS 760 digital camera. This is Kodak’s latest and most advanced professional SLR digital camera, which was launched in Europe last year. A professional photographer will be ‘shooting’ visitors to the KPG stand with one of the film star look-a-likes, on a specially constructed studio set. These visitors will be able to take away a large colour print of themselves produced on the Kodak 5260 large format inkjet printer in dynamic contone which offers stunningly beautiful wide format at up to 45sqm/hr. About Kodak Polychrome Graphics Kodak Polychrome Graphics provides one of the broadest product and solutions portfolios available in the graphic arts industry today, including a wide range of conventional lithographic plates and computer to plate solutions, Kodak branded graphic arts films, digital, inkjet, analog and virtual proofing products, as well as workflow solutions and color management tools. With headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, the company serves customers around the globe with regional offices in the United States, Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Additional information regarding Kodak Polychrome Graphics may be found on the company's website: www.kpgraphics.com.