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Kodak and Uteco sell first Ultrastream powered flexible packaging press


December 15, 2019
By PrintAction Staff

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Kodak is introducing its UltraStream technology in the new Uteco Sapphire EVO W, the first flexible packaging press to enter the market using Kodak’s latest continuous inkjet technology.

The first UltraStream system with a print width of 1.25 meters has been sold into the market in advance of its expected debut at drupa 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The wide format of the new Sapphire EVO W allows brands to leverage digital printing in their traditional flexographic print formats.

“As packaging converters and brands look for more cost-effective solutions for shorter production runs, Kodak and Uteco have created an industry-changing press,” Kodak said in a statement. “Enabled by water-based inks and production speeds equivalent to analogue presses, the Sapphire EVO W can print short- to medium-run length jobs, achieving price points favourable to flexography.”

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Also, Sapphire digital solutions execute variable data campaigns and reduce waste and excess inventory, Kodak said, delivering increased sales at lower costs. “Included in the delivery of the Sapphire EVO W is Kodak’s environmentally friendly and industry compliant inks and fluids which open the door for applications in food, beverage, and personal care,” Kodak said.

“Uteco’s application of our technology in their new press is a game changer and a great example of how Kodak is helping printers to lower their costs and drive efficiency,” said Randy Vandagriff, president of the Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division and vice president, Eastman Kodak Co. “We are proud to be delivering on the promise we made in February to have units in the market by the second half of 2020.”

“As the world leader in the production of printing and converting machines for flexible packaging applications, we recognize the need for digital solutions in our customers’ operations,” said Aldo Peretti, president and CEO of the Uteco Group. “Converters and brands expect quality solutions that are sustainable and uphold brand integrity. We are proud to work with Kodak to deliver new technologies that meet such demands and enable growth.”