Kodak’s $28M Expansion for Sonora Process Free Plates

There was plenty of excitement at Kodak’s plate manufacturing facility as Kodak executives, community leaders, customers, and media gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony here to celebrate the company’s $28 million expansion of a new manufacturing line for the production of Sonora Process Free Plates.

The 48,000-square-foot expansion at the Columbus facility brings one of Kodak’s fastest growing product lines, Sonora Process Free Plates, to the U.S. for the first time, and the manufacturing facility will serve as the primary source for Sonora Process Free Plates sold in the Americas.

Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke delivered the opening speech highlighting the significant growth that Kodak has seen with the Sonora Process Free Plates, and how this, along with Kodak’s other portfolio of solutions, can benefit the printing industry in terms of reducing its carbon footprint.

“Today’s opening of this new manufacturing line keeps us on an accelerated pace toward our goal of helping printers become more sustainable with Sonora Process Free Plates,” said Clarke. “Kodak is committed to providing solutions that increase the sustainability of the printing industry, while also reducing printing costs. This is good business and good for our environment.”

Brad Kruchten, Kodak’s president, Print Systems Division and senior vice president, then took the stage, expressing tremendous enthusiasm for the expansion and what it means for the company. “The completion of this new line has been a long time coming. We started this project four years ago [The groundbreaking was on April 24, 2014] and completed it last year. The Columbus facility now has three lines.”

Following additional speeches from other state and local community leaders, attendees had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Sonora plate manufacturing line, which is 750 feet long, the equivalent of 2.5 football fields. The height of the unwind towers is equivalent to a three-story building. And, depending on the roll size, a roll of aluminum can weigh up to 10,000 lbs