Kodak expands plate production out of UK

Buried at the bottom of a Kodak press release on its Sonora plates is the small detail that Kodak’s only UK plate manufacturing facility in Leeds will be shut down by mid- to late-2015.

Kodak has instead invested in two other plants, in Germany and in China, and is looking for a site in the Americas. European production is now based at Osterode, Germany, which was upgraded last year and began shipping Sonora Plates to customers in November 2013. In China, Kodak has completed an upgrade of its Xiamen plant, which should start Sonora plate production later this year.

Kodak claims it has around 450 customers worldwide using the Sonora process-free printing plates, and that increasing production will lead to more sales as well as greater efficiencies from having the plants located closer to those customers. 

Closing the plant in Leeds will cost Kodak $30-40 million, of which $20-25 million would be non-cash related to accelerated depreciation and asset write-offs.




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