The first ULTRASTREAM system with a print width of 1.25 meters has been sold into the market in advance of its expected debut at drupa 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The wide format of the new Sapphire EVO W allows brands to leverage digital printing in their traditional flexographic print formats.
Enabled by water-based inks and production speeds equivalent to analog presses, the Sapphire EVO W can print short- to medium-run length jobs, achieving price points favorable to flexography.
Sapphire digital solutions execute variable data campaigns and reduce waste and excess inventory delivering increased sales at lower costs.
Included in the delivery of the Sapphire EVO W is Kodak’s environmentally friendly and industry compliant inks and fluids which open the door for applications in food, beverage, and personal care.
“Converters and brands expect quality solutions that are sustainable and uphold brand integrity,” said Aldo Peretti, president and CEO of the Uteco Group.
“ULTRASTREAM is revolutionizing flexible packaging for brands,” added Randy Vandagriff, president, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division and VP, Eastman Kodak Company. “Uteco’s application of our technology in its new press is a game changer and a great example of how Kodak is helping printers to lower their costs and drive efficiency. We are proud to be delivering on the promise we made in February to have units in the market by the second half of 2020.”