Uteco Converting has partnered with Kodak to buy inkjet printing systems with Ultrastream technology.

Kodak introduced Ultrastream Technology as a conceptual demonstration in 2016 and is planning to expand the technology to its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners this year.

Leveraging Kodak Ultrastream Technology, Uteco is planning to expand its high-productivity digital press portfolio for flexible packaging in 2020.

Uteco Group CEO Aldo Peretti said: “Our customers are looking for sustainably advantaged hybrid digital production solutions to enable short-run versioning with compelling economics.

“Utilising the combination of traditional flexo and gravure, along with digital inkjet technologies, these solutions optimise film handling, priming, post-coating and drying to deliver the performance requirements for the packaging market.

“Kodak’s proprietary continuous inkjet system continues to be technology of choice, which delivers great quality, productivity and running cost for these industry-leading packaging solutions.”

Kodak Ultrastream Continuous Inkjet Technology is designed to offer 600x1800dpi with production speeds of up to 150mpm.

"These solutions optimise film handling, priming, post-coating and drying to deliver the performance requirements for the packaging market."

According to the company, the technology uses environmentally friendly and water-based inks on both plastics and paper.

In another development, Kodak has introduced new Kodak Prosper Plus Imprinting Solutions for the packaging industry.

The solutions feature four new imprinting components as well as food-safe packaging inks and pre-coatings for folding cartons, food wraps, paper cups and plates, as well as ream wraps.

Kodak noted that these new models will allow printers to use the continuous inkjet technology to add value to Kodak Prosper 6000S Simplex Press and the Uteco Sapphire Evo Web Fed Solution. Uteco’s Sapphire Evo Solutions was first introduced in June.