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Mexican newspaper group purchases 70 KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetters

Press release from the issuing company

ORLANDO, FLA., April 21 -- Organización Editorial Mexicana is going digital to boost productivity and quality with the purchase of 70 KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetters, along with the KODAK PRINERGY EVO Workflow System and KODAK THERMALNEWS GOLD Digital Plates. “The KODAK Thermal CTP Solution will give us faster prepress times and faster roll up on press, which will expand our editorial window,” said Don Mario Vázquez Raña, Chairman and President of Organización Editorial Mexicana, which is based in Mexico City. The company prints 70 newspapers at 35 different locations, and owns television and radio stations, along with Internet sites. “Converting our prepress operation to digital with the KODAK platesetters, workflow and digital plates will increase our productivity, improve the quality of our printed products, and cut waste on press.” “It was my pleasure to congratulate Don Mario during a recent visit to one of Organización Editorial Mexicana’s facilities on one of the largest orders ever for KODAK Thermal CTP Devices,” said Jim Langley, President of Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group and Senior Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company. “Kodak is committed to paving the way for our customers to use digital technology in ways that best suit their businesses. Our expertise in the digital arena developed during more than a decade of innovation is particularly useful in emerging markets experiencing rapid growth.” “Organización Editorial Mexicana is one of the largest media companies in Mexico and this conversion to thermal CTP allows the company to make use of the advantages of digital technology,” said Evandro Matteucci, Managing Director, LAR North, Kodak. “The newspaper market in Mexico is highly competitive and Organización Editorial Mexicana is investing in TRENDSETTER NEWS CTP devices to fuel future growth.” The TRENDSETTER NEWS thermal CTP device comes in five models, ranging in speed 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 semiautomatic 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 GOLD digital plates meet the rigorous demands of newspaper printing while delivering outstanding resolution for premium newspaper printing and commercial-quality printing. THERMALNEWS GOLD Plates offer run lengths of more than 200,000 impressions without postbaking. Rapid imaging and processing, faster makeready and plate reliability gives newspapers extra editorial time, and the clean working, low pH, low consumption developer reduces processing costs. The KODAK PRINERGY EVO Workflow System helps newspapers deal with last minute changes easily, without causing delays. Based on the latest standards and proven PRINERGY technology, PRINERGY EVO Software delivers exceptional PDF processing capabilities. A flexible PDF workflow featuring proven color management, late stage editing and imposition, and advanced screening options to optimize output on TRENDSETTER NEWS CTP devices, PRINERGY EVO systems help deliver the end to end automation, speed, control, and flexibility that newspapers need to accommodate tight editorial and ad deadlines, and output large numbers of pages more quickly. KODAK products are backed by KODAK Service and Support. 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.