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New European CTP plate line for Fujifilm

Wednesday, 26 March 2008
By Print 21 Online Article

Existing Dutch plant to be ramped up to meet rising global demand in offset printing plate.

The new line will cost approximately AUS$160 million (96 million Euros) with construction to commence in October 2008 with operations scheduled to begin in January 2010.

According to Peter Carrigan, Fujifilm Australasia General Manager – Graphic Systems Division, the new initiative is great news and will undoubtedly create a CTP plate productivity benchmark for the future. The European plate manufacturing operation is one of four global bases – Japan, USA, and China – for the production of Fujifilm’s offset printing plates.

The company reports rising demand for its CTP plates due to the digitization of the printing process. Recently, demand has increased further in the emerging countries due to their extraordinary economic growth and this trend is expected to continue.

Meanwhile, due to heightened worldwide environmental awareness, there is strong demand for environmentally friendly products such as processless CTP plates (which generate no waste liquid due to the elimination of the film development process) and chemistry free CTP plates (that reduce waste liquid due to simplified development processes).

The new production line will feature Fujifilm’s unique surface treatment technology called MultiGrain Technology. This enables the stable production of high quality, high definition CTP plates with excellent durability and consistency.  It will also allow FUJIFILM to manufacture processless and chemistry-free CTP plates, which require advanced production technology.

Looking towards the future, this investment will allow FUJIFILM to not only meet the growing demand for CTP plates, but will also contribute to reducing environmental impacts by expanding the local production of such environmentally friendly products.

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