Kodak, Uteco unveil digital flexible packaging press

01 September 2020

The Sapphire EVO W is the first flexible packaging press to enter the market using Kodak’s latest continuous inkjet technology.

Kodak, in  partnership with Uteco, has announced the launch of a digital flexible packaging press. The announcement was scheduled to come during drupa 2020.

The Sapphire EVO W is the first flexible packaging press to enter the market using Kodak’s latest continuous inkjet technology. The Uteco Sapphire EVO W press is the second product developed by the Uteco Group in partnership with Kodak for digital flexible packaging production.

The water-based Kodak Prosper Press QD Packaging Inks have been certified for indirect food contact.

Kodak first introduced the new Uteco Sapphire EVO W late last year and intended to officially launch it at drupa. According to the company, the Sapphire EVO W Press is now available globally, and the first installation will occur later this year at a customer in the US.

"The Sapphire EVO W is the first digital packaging press to match the productivity of flexo and the quality of gravure," says Randy Vandagriff, senior vice president, digital print, Eastman Kodak Company. "It uses our high-resolution Ultrastream inkjet technology and QD Packaging Inks to bring the endless opportunities of digital printing into mainstream production of flexible packaging."

The Sapphire EVO can print flexible packaging applications on plastic films and paper. The press prints CMYK inkjet at 600 x 1800 dpi across 49.2" print width at speeds of up to 500 fpm.The press is available with inline priming, flexo-white and post coating and a hot air/IR drying system.