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Worldcolor buys Kodak Prosper 5000XL with Muller Martini SigmaLine

May 19, 2010 12:00 AM

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Worldcolor has chosen a Kodak (Rochester, NY) Prosper 5000XL press with an integrated Muller Martini SigmaLine inline finishing system for its operations in Dubuque, IA. This installation, scheduled for the second half of 2010, will enhance the company’s short-run color and monochrome books, as well as versioned and variable magazines, catalogs and high-end direct mail. The press will meet increasing Worldcolor customer demand for a variable production solution that delivers smaller quantities and quicker turns at competitive prices, as well as delivering high-quality reproduction.

Worldcolor will be one of the earliest users of Kodak’s Stream inkjet technology. Worldcolor manufactures more than 700 million books a year at facilities in North America and Latin America. It also is a leading printer of magazines, catalogs, retail inserts, directories and direct mail.

“Worldcolor continues to seek the best ways to deliver value to our customers. In an extremely challenging economic climate, solutions that serve both the client and the provider have to be found,” says Brian Freschi, President, Worldcolor North American Operations. “We believe that high-speed, high-quality inkjet printing is one such solution. Kodak and Muller Martini, both long-time suppliers to Worldcolor, have combined to bring us a system that will enhance our ability to offer many value-added services to our customers.”

When combined with the inline Muller Martini SigmaLine, the Prosper press delivers a complete files-to-books system. For catalog and magazine printers, Prosper reportedly beats the overall cost of offset in run lengths up to 3,000 copies, while increasing response rates through the use of personalization and targeted marketing.

Prosper produces up to 650 fpm (200 m) with image quality approaching 175 lpi and a monthly duty cycle of up to 120 million A4 pages. An advanced ink formulation enables the press to image coated and uncoated papers, including glossy coated, with basis weights ranging from 45 gsm–300 gsm (30 lbs–200 lbs).

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