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Expanded KODAK Flexographic Plate Portfolio Offers Printers Full Range of Choices

Press release from the issuing company

ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 4 -- Kodak’s portfolio of flexographic plates now covers both analog and digital offerings, providing flexo printers with increased choice when selecting a technology that best meets their specific needs. Package printers seeking a plate solution can choose from analog KODAK FLEXCEL Flexographic Plates and the MACDERMID Printing System Digital MUST, Digital RAVE and Digital EPIC Digital Flexographic Plates. "The need for quality flexographic printing plates continues to grow as package printers seek to meet brand owner expectations for more colorful and innovative packaging," said Dale Patterson, Segment Manager, Packaging and Product Manager, Flexo Plates, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group. "By offering our customers a full line of flexo plates, we’re giving customers access to solutions that can drive growth from a single source." Analog The FLEXCEL SRM plate is a medium durometer plate that enhances ink transfer on a wide variety of substrates. The higher durometer FLEXCEL SRH plate provides outstanding solid ink coverage and superb halftone resolution. FLEXCEL SRC is a lower durometer plate, focused at the corrugated market. Digital Flexo The MACDERMID Digital MUST plate is a medium hardness plate for high end film and paper packaging applications. Ozone and crack resistance—and high tensile strength—combine to produce efficient long runs. The plate produces the fine highlights and wide tonal range necessary for superior print reproduction. For printers producing packaging with demanding graphics, the high durometer of the MACDERMID Digital RAVE plate reduces dot gain in screens and minimizes banding due to press bounce. The Digital RAVE plate increases image sharpness with finer highlights and crisp text. Highly durable and reliable, Digital RAVE plates offer long runs, minimal dot wear and reduced tack. The MACDERMID Digital EPIC plate is the only "capped" digital plate in the market. Designed to meet the needs of high end, full color process printing, the Digital EPIC plate provides excellent imaging characteristics and superior ink transfer. Kodak serves the widest, most complete spectrum of packaging production needs with market leading technologies, products, services, and solutions for packaging printers, converters and trade shops of all sizes. KODAK packaging solutions help customers deliver high impact packaging and accurate brand colors—across all substrates, through any print process, anywhere in the world. Customers can access an integrated suite of KODAK products including workflow software, digital color proofing systems, thermal computer to plate (CTP) devices and thermal and flexographic printing plates. 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.