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Kodak launches Ascend digital press

Kodak unveils the new Kodak Ascend Digital Press, a solution for high-end packaging and retail signage. It is targeted for commercial printers and digital service providers.

According to Kodak, the Ascend is the first electrophotographic (EP) press designed to print heavy weight substrates at long lengths with eye-catching, high-margin CMYK and flat foil embellishments in one pass.

Ascend is more flexible than traditional presses and more productive than flatbed inkjet systems, offering production speeds up to 572 sqm/hour. Its large sheet length of up to 122 cm allows the press to offer 23% more print area than a B2 sheet.

The new press enables printers to deliver sustainably recyclable print by using environmentally friendly KODACHROME Dry Inks, which are Indirect Food Contact rated.

Kodak added that the solution is a more cost-effective solution for producing retail/POP and packaging applications than traditional presses or flatbed inkjet devices.

The ASCEND Digital Press is expected to be available Q2 2022 in North America and Europe first.

New KODAK PROSPER Digital Varnish

Kodak also launched a new unique, water-based varnish for paper-based packaging.

The Kodak Prosper Digital Varnish is a unique, water-based varnish that can be jetted as an area or spot coat to printed packages using Kodak Prosper S-Series or Kodak Prosper Plus Imprinting Systems.

The eco-friendly varnish can be applied in perfect register with design elements and creates a matte protective layer providing rub and water resistance to paper-based packaging applications.

As the varnish is applied only where needed and doesn’t require plate making for spot coating, it helps printers eliminate the costs, effort, waste and environmental impact associated with traditional post-coating methods. It is an environmentally friendly, water-based alternative to solvents and UV coatings.

The digital varnish will be available worldwide by the end of 2021.

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