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Kodak expands manufacturing in China

Eastman Kodak Co. is opening a second production line in China to meet growing demand for its printing plates in that nation and the Asia Pacific region.

The company said Friday it is adding the line to its printing plate manufacturing facility in the city of Xiamen. The expanded plant will boost Kodak’s manufacturing capacity for offset printing products, officials said.

“China and the Asia Pacific region are key markets, and the expanded Xiamen plant gives us closer proximity and enhanced capability in serving our customers in this part of the world,” said Douglas Edwards, general manager and vice president for prepress solutions, in a statement.

The manufacturing line will produce computer to plate, or CTP, plates for the Greater Asia Region and will supply other regions with certain types of plates, Kodak said. The plant will support the development of current and new products.

Kodak previously announced expansion of its Center of Operations and Support in Xiamen. The center provides order processing, business procedures and other services, as well as human resources and financial support.

Last August, Kodak relocated its Southeast Asia-based Logistics Center to Xiamen.

“By combining the expanded manufacturing facility with the Center of Operations and Support, as well as the Asia Pacific Logistic Center, Kodak is making Xiamen both an operational and strategic hub for the Asia Pacific region,” said Robert Price, general manager of the Kodak Xiamen plant.

Kodak’s plate portfolio includes flexographic, sheet-fed and web offset printing products for commercial, newspaper, and packaging printers.

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