Kodak celebrates 20 years of Sonora plates

2024 marks Kodak’s 20-year anniversary as a leading manufacturer and supplier of process-free printing plates. With the Sonora Xtra plate, Kodak has made the switch from wet processed to process-free plates easier for printers with faster imaging speeds, stronger image contrast and improved handling robustness.

11 Apr 2024 | By Aditya Merchant

Two decades of innovation and continuing success

In 2005, Kodak launched its first commercially successful process-free plate, the Kodak thermal direct non-process plate. Followed by, in 2012, the Kodak Sonora XP process-free plate, the first generation of Sonora plates. In 2014, Kodak reached a significant growth milestone by welcoming the 1000th print shop to the Sonora plate user base. By 2019, the number of Sonora plate users had grown to over 4,000 printers, and today more than 6,000 sheetfed and web offset printers around the world rely on Sonora plates.

Sonora process-free plates are the smart choice for printers looking to improve their sustainability credentials as well as reduce costs in both prepress and the pressroom without compromising print quality or productivity. They eliminate defects and variability associated with traditional plate processing that can provoke press stops and plate remakes.

Sonora plates ensure faster and more reliable press makereadies with less waste and reduce job turnaround times thanks to the faster route from prepress to press. In addition, they help create a healthier and safer working environment for employees.

Regional manufacturing for reliability of supply and improved sustainability

Kodak manufactures the plates in state-of-the-art plants in Japan, the USA and Germany. Users of Sonora plates benefit from the responsibly sourced, quality aluminium and other raw materials in compliance with high sustainability and quality standards. Plate manufacturing in various regions of the world ensures that printers are supplied with the plates reliably, quickly and with the smallest possible carbon footprint for transportation.

“We are delighted to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Kodak’s process-free plates this year. I am proud that we have been able to advance this efficient and sustainable plate technology thanks to the innovation of our R&D teams and our tireless pursuit of excellence,” said Jim Continenza, executive chairman and CEO, Kodak. “Today, Kodak Sonora Xtra process-free plates set the standard in the print marketplace, and we will continue to invest in our unmatched process free technology for the benefit of printers around the world.”

Kodak will highlight the 20th anniversary of its process-free plate technology at the Drupa 2024 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany. For more information about Kodak at Drupa.

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