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Kodak highlights sustainable German-made plates

Kodak has highlighted its SONORA XTRA process-free plates as a solution to improve sustainability

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Kodak has highlighted some of the eco benefits of its SONORA XTRA process-free plates

Kodak has highlighted its SONORA XTRA process-free plates as a suitable option for printers looking for plate suppliers focused on reducing their carbon footprint amidst increasing demand for sustainability.

Being manufactured in Osterode, Germany means the plates are subject to some of the strictest environmental regulations globally and some of the most extensive availability of clean energy sources.

Central production also enables a close-knit supply chain and logistics infrastructure with the plates being shipped 
quickly throughout Europe.

Kodak has highlighted that the procurement of plates from local manufacturing reduces the carbon footprint due to shorter and more efficient routes than sourcing from places like China for example.

In addition to this, the SONORA XTRA process-free plates also remove electricity, water, developer, replenisher, gumming solution, and clean-out finisher required for traditional plate processing. There is also no need for cleaning and maintenance due to there being no waste chemicals or contaminated residual liquids.

With this in mind, Kodak estimates a large printing business could cut its CO2 by 376,550kg each year by transitioning from traditional plates to SONORA XTRA process-free plates which equates to a 46% CO2 saving.

Sven Freyer, VP of Print Manufacturing at Eastman Kodak Company and managing director of Kodak Graphic Communications in Germany, says: “We have implemented a wealth of measures and programmes to make plate manufacturing more sustainable without affecting product quality or performance. 

“For example, we operate an ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system and an ISO 50001:2018 energy management system with a very successful programme for continuous power consumption reduction. In doing so, we pursue ambitious strategic and operational goals, which are regularly reviewed by independent certification bodies.”

Kodak has also implemented automation within production as well as in packaging and shipping which results in fewer defects and less waste. Continuous investment in its manufacturing facilities also helps the manufacturer to exceed requirements for recycling, wastewater treatment, and the reduction of greenhouse gases. 

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