Kodak Completes Expansion Of Digital Plate Production Facility In Columbus
In response to the strong demand for its digital plates throughout the Americas, Kodak has completed the previously announced expansion of its digital plate production facility in Columbus, Georgia.
Adding 26,000sqft to the existing facility, Kodak is using this third production line to meet the digital plate supply needs of print service providers in a wide variety of markets, and to further its commitment to advancing digital plate production processes and technologies.
“It’s an exciting day for Kodak’s digital plate business and the people of Columbus,” said David Wigfield, General Manager, Prepress and Digital Printing, United States and Canada, Kodak.
“Kodak is committed to investing in new digital plate technologies, and this expansion allows us to build on a sustained strategy of enhancing our digital plate presence in the Americas while serving our customers as the complete solutions provider for their growing digital plate needs.”
This investment in the new production line totals approximately $15 million and enables the company to more efficiently produce current and future generation digital plates. The increased plate production capacity will also bring additional employment opportunities to the greater Columbus area, and further establishes Kodak’s commitment to the community.
The company’s Columbus facility has 250 employees and now occupies 276,000 sqft. The expansion of the facility allows Kodak to invest in the latest digital plate technologies and to further the development of next-generation plates.
The completion of the expansion was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by local dignitaries and business leaders, including Georgia’s U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington, and Mike Gaymon, President and CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to the digital plate production facility in Columbus, Georgia, U.S., there are six other Kodak plate production facilities around the world, including: Osterode, Germany; Leeds, U.K.; Sofia, Bulgaria; Gunma, Japan; Windsor, Colorado, U.S.; and Xiamen, China.
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