Italy’s Nuova Erreplast and Japan’s Kinyosha are the first customers for the Uteco Sapphire Evo hybrid digital web press.
Uteco first introduced the Kodak Stream-powered Sapphire Evo in June 2018 as a production inkjet printing option using water-based inks at high speeds.
Sapphire Evo has a 650mm web width, a printing width of 622mm and can print at up to 300m/min.
Uteco Group CEO Aldo Peretti said: ‘The adoption of this hybrid digital web press is showcasing the value of digital printing with water-based inks on flexible substrates for a wide variety of applications including food packaging and personal care items such as diapers. The combined knowledge of Uteco and Kodak has unleashed the possibilities and customers have taken notice.’
Uteco Converting has signed an agreement with Kodak to purchase its latest inkjet printing systems featuring Ultrastream technology.
Randy Vandagriff, president of the Enterprise Inkjet Systems division at Kodak, commented: ‘The packaging market demands innovative, sustainable, productive solutions. Kodak’s water-based inks provide the lowest cost, the highest versatility and the most environmentally friendly option for production inkjet printing. Brands and creative agencies are now able to make printed packaging a physical touchpoint to digitally connect with consumers, unleashing creative flexibility with color palettes and substrates along with operational efficiency to get to the market faster.’