Kodak has been recognised with two InterTech Technology Awards for its Uteco Sapphire EVO M digital web press for the flexible packaging market and the Prosper QD Packaging Inks and Film Optimiser Agent.
Kodak says the Sapphire EVO M, which comes with the Kodak stream inkjet technology, is the first high-speed production press to use water-based inks for high quality imagery on substrates ranging from paper to film and produces a quality that rivals flexography.
The Prosper QD Packaging Inks and Film Optimiser are based on Kodak’s decades of experience in the development of inks and consumables for for continuous inkjet technology.
The InterTech Technology Awards are sponsored by Printing United Alliance in the USA.
Printing United Alliance vice president of technology and research James Workman said: the judging panel noted the disruptive potential of the Sapphire EVO M Press, which lets flexible packaging printers migrate jobs from traditional printing processes to digital and allows brand owners to implement new, creative concepts and business building campaigns on packaging.
On the Kodak Prosper QD Packaging Inks and FOA, Workman said panel members had been impressed by the chemical breakthroughs that let Kodak’s inkjet technology print at fast speeds, even on non-porous packaging substrates.
“Our goal each year is to spotlight technologies which shape the future,” Workman said.
“These two Kodak technologies clearly met the award criteria and deserve to be recognised.”
Kodak senior vice president of print Randy Vandagriff said: “We at Kodak see this double victory as recognition for our long-term experience and expertise in the fields of chemistry, materials and digital printing technologies.
“The two solutions which won the InterTech Technology Awards will help continuous inkjet become firmly established in digital packaging and product decoration production and enable printers to meet the ever-changing needs of these global markets.”
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