“Labelexpo Americas is an event we look forward to every two years and one we’re particularly excited to be arriving at on the heels of drupa, where packaging and label printing was a huge focus for us across all divisions,” said Chris Payne, GM and VP, Flexographic Packaging Division, Kodak. “We’re always working to help keep printed labels and packaging a vibrant, effective and value-creating medium. ‘Print. For Good.’ has become a central mantra for us as we arrive at Labelexpo looking to remain a forward-thinking partner to the package printing industry and an innovator in improving the environmental footprint of printed labels.”
Introduced at drupa 2016, the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System ‘16 is the latest evolution of Kodak’s fully-integrated digital flexo plate-making solution and will be a focal point for discussion with visitors to the Kodak Studio. Powered by the NX Advantage, including new Advanced DIGICAP NX Patterning and patented Advanced Edge Definition technologies, the FLEXCEL NX System ‘16 addresses a series of pain points for label printers in today’s print ecosystem. Coming off the 500th sale of the FLEXCEL NX System at drupa 2016, FLEXCEL NX Plate volume is now growing by more than 20% year-over-year, four times the annual market growth of the flexo packaging market itself.
And as sustainable print practices climb the list of priorities for printers more and more each year, Kodak is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and ongoing innovation with a preview of next generation flexo technology in its ULTRA NX Experience Room. Driving the future of flexo, ULTRA NX includes all the proven benefits of the award-winning FLEXCEL NX technology with an environmentally conscious plate processing solution.
The KODAK PROSPER Press and S-Series Imprinting Solutions are both options for labels and packaging printers, enabling variable and versioned printing for mass markets with digital print and hybrid technologies. Exhibitors can visit the Kodak Studio to learn about label versioning and customization for everything from beverage labels printed with water-based inks at a speed of 2,000 half-liter bottle labels per minute per print lane to food package printing with 4-inch lanes of customization at up to 3000 feet per minute.