Kodak has sold its first Prosper 7000 Turbo Press, claiming it as the world’s fastest inkjet press.

Mercury Print Productions, based in Rochester, New York, USA, has bought the machine. Mercury intends to expand its high-volume digital printing capacity. The company has employed Kodak Prosper technology since 2011, printing up to 10 million pages per day.

The new Prosper 7000 Turbo Press will produce a range of print jobs at Mercury including educational, trade and children’s books, personalised direct mail, marketing collateral, transactional documents as well as short to medium run packaging requiring variable print.

John Place, chief executive at Mercury Print Productions, says, “Our primary goal with this investment is to enhance our production capabilities, improve efficiency, and offer our customers a broader range of printing options.

“We aim to provide faster turnaround times, greater substrate flexibility and capabilities, and consistent print quality across various substrates. We needed another press as we have experienced a significant increase in demand for digitally printed products as our customers continue to look for solutions that offer offset quality while allowing for the flexibility that inkjet provides. It enables our customers to order what they need, when they need it.”

Reliable and innovative solutions

Christian Schamberger, Mercury president, adds, “Our experience with Kodak’s technology has been highly satisfactory. Kodak has a reputation for delivering reliable and innovative printing solutions, and we have a strong working relationship with their service and support teams.

“The Prosper 7000 Turbo Press stands out for its exceptional speed, high-resolution capabilities, and versatile substrate compatibility. It aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing our customers with the best possible print quality and options. What’s more, Kodak’s commitment to continuous improvement and investment in inkjet technology aligns with our long-term growth strategy.”

With the Prosper at Mercury Print, from left: John Place (CEO), Doug Beck (Director of Operations), Mike Sturgis (Digital Pressroom Manager), and Jon Rivera (Digital Pressroom Supervisor)

Using Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology and Kodak Ektacolour inks, the Prosper 7000 Turbo Press delivers monthly print volumes of up to 239 million A4 pages. It prints at of up to 410 metres per minute and has a throughput of up to 5,523 A4 or U.S. letter pages per minute. It offers three print modes: Quality, Performance and Turbo. Kodak says this allows easy adjustment of print speed and quality to the requirements of each job.

Kodak says the Prosper 7000 Turbo Press will increase Mercury’s inkjet capacity by approximately 40 to 50 per cent.

Jim Continenza, executive chairman and chief executive officer, at Kodak, says, “We thank our long-standing customer Mercury Print Productions for their continued confidence in Kodak’s technology and our commitment to innovation.

“With this latest investment, Mercury takes a major leap forward in digital capacity, production versatility and business opportunities. The Prosper 7000 Turbo Press, with its unmatched speed and incredible application range, enables users in wide areas of the commercial and publishing printing markets to print a wide variety of jobs more productively and profitably than ever before.”

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