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Uteco Group and Kodak expand label and flexible packaging possibilities with the Sapphire EVO digital printing press and environmentally-friendly aqueous inks

Digital Press utilizes KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology to offer new opportunities for brands and packaging service providers in the high-volume production market using environmentally friendly water-based inks

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Sapphire EVO digital press
Sapphire EVO digital press

Uteco Group, in partnership with Kodak, announces the commercial availability of the SapphireEVO digital press. Allowing packaging service providers and converters a digital offering without compromising on productivity or economics, the press addresses a full range of low and high-volume applications that produce up to 20 million square meters per year.

Aldo Peretti, CEO of the Uteco Group, comments: “Our customers have been asking for a digital production solution that meets their customer demand for more versions, which is driving shorter run lengths, as well as an economic long-run digital solution. Uteco’s rich experience in flexo and gravure printing, film handling, coating and drying, coupled with Kodak’s inkjet expertise, now allows us to deliver a device that combines the capabilities of flexo with digital.”

Stefano Russo, COO of the Uteco Group, adds: “As the demand for mass versioning and customization of packaging grows globally, hybrid flexo, gravure and digital printing is becoming a very important part of packaging providers’ offerings. The combination of Uteco and Kodak’s technologies not only delivers a competitive option for digital short-run printing, but also competes in medium-long print runs. This makes the Sapphire EVO an ideal investment for both label and packaging print service providers.”

The Sapphire EVO press brings digital printing to the production floor with capabilities of printing over 9,000 linear meters per hour, with compelling economics. Utilising KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, it delivers excellent print quality on a variety of packaging films and papers. The SAPPHIRE EVO press uses media up to 650 mm in width and prints at up to 622mm and offers CMYK printing as well as options for in-line priming and varnishing.

Using environmentally friendly water-based inks to print on a variety of flexible substrates, including BOPP, PET and paper, Kodak’s inks and pre-coating fluids used with the Sapphire EVO press complies with regulatory requirements for indirect food contact in the EU and the US, as well as brand specific requirements and the EuPIA exclusion list.

Randy Vandagriff, President and Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, Kodak, adds: “Kodak’s 50-year inkjet heritage has delivered the quality, capabilities and cost effectiveness that the commercial print and publishing industry have enjoyed with our PROSPER Press systems. We are excited to take it further with economical water based inks on flexible films at production speeds. It is great to be working with a partner like Uteco to combine their exceptional expertise with ours to deliver a high-end digital production device that offers new opportunities for the flexible packaging industry”.

Sold worldwide, the Uteco Group will begin installation of the first unit in June 2018 at an Italian flexible packaging producer for the industrial and fashion industries.

About Uteco
Uteco Group is a leading manufacturer and supplier of equipment in the field of flexible packaging that consist of flexographic, rotogravure, coating and laminating and high-tech machines with special configurations. Established in 1985, Uteco Converting SpA has grown to become the largest Italian manufacturer of flexographic presses. Innovation has always been a key-point at Uteco Group, not only in the design and creation of leading-edge equipment, but also with the ability to tailor machines to the specific needs of converters in any corner of the world. Designers and production executives are constantly looking for new ideas and manufacturing processes to exceed customer’s expectations.

About Kodak
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies – hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. With our world-class R&D capabilities, innovative solutions portfolio and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their own businesses and enjoy their lives. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at Kodak.

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