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Hood Packaging Transitions to Digital with KODAK Workflow and CTP Solutions

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 11 - With the purchase of the Kodak Prinergy Powerpack Workflow System and the Kodak Thermoflex Wide CTP Platesetter, Hood Packaging in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is improving efficiency, reducing turnaround times and boosting quality. As a result, Hood Packaging can better meet the demanding needs of its customers. "The Prinergy Powerpack Workflow System and Thermoflex Platesetter give us the ability to streamline our process while delivering high quality work," said Gary Sutherland, General Manager, Hood Packaging. "After seeing these Kodak solutions in action at a local label printer, we were blown away by the technology and what it could do for the growth of our business." For more than 100 years, Hood Packaging has been a market leader in the design and manufacture of packaging materials. The company manufactures industrial packaging materials, including plastic, film and bags, multi wall paper bags and coated papers, from 16 manufacturing plants in Canada and the United States. The Prinergy Powerpack Workflow System helps Hood Packaging create a predictable and reliable manufacturing process that automates steps, reduces errors and streamlines operations. The software delivers specialized packaging prepress tools needed to build and preflight packaging files. It also includes a job management feature to track jobs from receipt of files to proofing, approval and platemaking. The Kodak Thermoflex Platesetter features Kodak Hyperflex Ready Imaging Technology to help turn prepress into a controlled, digital manufacturing process and allow Hood Packaging to enhance print results, reduce cycle times, and improve process control. Sutherland credits Hood Packaging's dealer, Williamson Printing Materials Ltd., a partner for more than 50 years, in helping it find the right Kodak package printing solutions for his Calgary plant. "We take great pride in our relationship with Kodak and Williamson, as they both continue to provide us with the right expertise and solutions to improve our company," added Sutherland. Kodak products are backed by Kodak Service and Support, Kodak's worldwide service organization. Named Best Support Organization at the 2006 International Business Awards, Kodak Service and Support includes more than 3,000 professionals in 120 countries. These professionals are fully qualified to help customers control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.