I reported earlier that Kodak was looking for a site in the Americas to increase production of its Sonora process-less CtP plate. Kodak has now opted to add a new plate manufacturing line at its Columbus, Ga., facility in North America. This is in line with its plan to cut costs by expanding production at existing plants that are reasonably local to the main customer sites. Kodak claims to have over 800 customers worldwide for this plate.
Currently the Sonora plates are mainly manufactured at Kodak’s Osterode plant in Germany. Curiously, Kodak still trumpets its plant at Leeds in the UK, though it’s in the process of closing this down. It’s also expanded Sonora production at its Xiamen plant in China, which should be online shortly.