W.O. Jones Printers Ltd. Offers its Customers the Benefits of the New KODAK …


LLANGEFNI, Wales, United Kingdom, Apr 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
W.O. Jones Printers Ltd. in North Wales, U.K., has increased customer
confidence and strengthened its business model by investing in KODAK
SONORA XP Process Free Plates. The attributes of the new plate are
enabling the company to pass on significant benefits to customers in
terms of environmental responsibility along with increased productivity
and stronger plate performance.

Established in 1904, W.O. Jones is a fourth-generation, family-owned,
high-quality, commercial lithographic printer. The one-stop shop
produces short-run business cards, letterheads, tourist leaflets,
magazines, prospectuses, and company reports. Its key markets are local
tourism and educational institutions.

Four years ago, W.O. Jones moved to non-process plates when they were
first commercially available. They discussed the development of the
KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate with Kodak, so when the plates were
recently launched there was no hesitation.

“Kodak immediately supported us in the calibration and setup, and we
have not looked back since. It was the plate performance that stood
out,” said Andrew Langridge, Systems Manager at W.O. Jones, who liked
the sharp dot from 1% to 99%, true WYSIWYG and color fidelity.

Being Environmentally Responsible

For W.O. Jones, taking the sustainability route was crucial as the
operation moved toward ISO14001 certification.

“We are constantly aware of our environmental responsibility, and the
KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates have allowed us to eliminate our
process chemistry,” noted Andrew Langridge. “As a printer, we deal with
some very environmentally aware customers. They require us to have as
many green credentials as possible. In addition to these process-free
plates, we use recycled or FSC paper and soy-based inks. This gives us a
business advantage over other printers. We look to suppliers such as
Kodak to uphold these aims alongside us. With the SONORA XP Plate and
Kodak’s support, our business can move forward with confidence.”

A key customer is Anglesey Sea Zoo. (To see a video, visit
www.kodak.com/go/drupa ,
and click on the “Sea Zoo Prints Green” video thumbnail.) They use W.O.
Jones for all print requirements because of the environmental
considerations, according the Zoo’s director, Dr. Dylan Evans.

“There is still a place in a traditional holiday destination like
Anglesey for printed media,” he said. “As a company, we are
environmentally conscientious, and all staff members are contractually
obliged to adhere to our policies. We, therefore, look to the companies
that supply us to have the same approach. We have the largest aquarium
in Wales and provide our customers with marketing collateral. Using the
KODAK SONORA XP Plates, W.O. Jones has produced a 300,000-run leaflet
for us using one set of plates. The quality was excellent.”

Andrew Langridge of W.O. Jones also pointed out that quality has been
superb. “The KODAK SONORA XP Plate has exceeded all our expectations,
and the ability of the plate to hold the image has helped enormously,”
he said. “The plate run lengths have increased, and we have no problems
with plate wear.”

Another benefit was being able to take plates on and off the press with
no loss of quality. “We can take plates into production meetings and put
them back on at a later date, and they still run perfectly,” says Andrew
Langridge. “Occasionally production issues can mean jobs have to be
interrupted. This flexibility saves re-plating jobs. We can expose
plates a week before the job is required, and they will clean up within
two or three sheets. Press operators are also confident enough to put
plates on press when the prepress department is not open. Choosing the
KODAK SONORA XP Plates was the best decision we have ever made.”

New at drupa 2012, Kodak will demonstrate its SONORA XP Process Free
Plates, which provide mainstream quality and print capability without a
processor or chemistry and offer streamlined platemaking, removal of
operational costs, and a reduced environmental footprint. The
combination of reductions in prepress and production capability on press
make KODAK SONORA XP Plates a viable plate solution for printers wanting
to reduce their environmental impact and be a sustainable leader in
print.

For more information about Kodak at drupa, go to
www.kodak.com/go/drupa .

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companies transform and optimize their businesses. Through a network of
service professionals in more than 120 countries, Kodak provides
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customers to focus on growing their businesses, maximizing productivity,
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www.graphics.kodak.com .

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