Zimpapers - Two Kodak Trendsetter News Computer-to-plate units - 17-03-2011
Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Zimpapers invest in the future
Zimbabwe News, a long-standing customer of First Graphics and now Antalis South Africa proudly boast the successful implementation of not one but two Kodak Trendsetter News Computer-to-plate units!
Making headline news earlier this week the Herald Reporter quoted Justin Mutasa, Zimpapers Chief Executive, who said, “Our new equipment will add value to all the publications within the group. We saw this as a long-term investment which will ensure we remain the leading light of our countries media industry.”
With print operations in both Harare and Bulawayo this installation will certainly match if not improve on the high quality of other publications in the region. Mr Mutasa was adamant that, as an industry leader, their equipment has to be state-of-the-art. With a drastic reduction in production time they are now producing the paper ahead of schedule!“ commented Rodney Lloyd, Senior Engineer, Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
“The Kodak Trendsetter News Platesetter delivers fast, reliable imaging with a standard file bringing the quality, stability and consistency of thermal imaging to newspaper printing. Having installed the units Tim Dowd and myself extensively trained the Zimpapers team on the workings of this magnificent machine” concluded Lloyd.
“In recent weeks Antalis has installed a whole host of Kodak Newspaper CTP systems which, in fact, now sees Kodak claiming more than 50% of market share worldwide! I believe that the reason these systems are so popular is because, not only does Kodak’s portfolio of newspaper CTP units offer an outstanding value proposition for newspapers especially when linked to Kodak’s Newsmanager workflow but it opens the door for chemical free plate processing’ said Tim Dowd, Antalis Newspaper workflow specialist.
“We had the CTP unit, which cost the group in excess of US$300 000, for two months in order that we fully understand the workings in order to maximise it’s functionality. Producing more than 100 plates per hour we are very impressed with the results we’ve seen to date. We believe that this will add immense value to all publications in the group and we look forward to benefitting from this internationally revered equipment.” concluded Tendekayi Muzanenhamo, Zimpapers production foreman.