Currently, Agfa, and Fuji are offering commercial Violet CTP plates, and at the show Kodak, Konica Minolta, and CitiPlate are expected to announce new violet plate products for commercial printers.
ECRM, who has made Violet CTP the core of its product strategy, says its equipment is compatible with each Violet plate offering.
The company says there are many advantages to violet CTP technology (quality, cost savings, versatility, reliability).
Meanwhile industry authority Andy Tribute has said he believes 2007 will be the year Violet CTP becomes the dominant technology in a recent article on WhatTheyThink.com.
Tribute was quoted as saying: “I believe that 2007 will be a pivotal year for CTP. At this time violet-based platesetters will move forward and technologically overtake thermal platesetters in almost all areas.
“The violet devices with new high-power diodes will be faster than any equivalent thermal system. They will also be more reliable and lower in cost to run. I believe we will see violet platesetters from two-page up to VLF formats.”
ECRM will be exhibiting three different violet CTP platesetters including the MAKO 2, MAKO 4X and the MAKO 8, at the show. Konica Minolta Graphic Imaging will demonstrate ECRM’s MAKO 4matic to help introduce their latest new plate offering, a new Violet CTP plate.
Bob Feldberg vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta says: “We believe that this technology meets the needs of a significant number of printers and our partnership with ECRM is one of the longest and most successful in the graphic arts industry.