Kemtek and Fujifilm SA sign landmark supply agreement

Effective 1 October 2014 a milestone partnership between Kemtek and Fujifilm SA presents an excellent value proposition for the southern African printing community.Kemtek has signed an exclusive agreement with Fujifilm SA to become the principal supplier of its Brillia range of photopolymer and thermal commercial printing plates to the southern African market.

‘Effective from 1 October 2014, this milestone partnership between the parties presents an excellent value proposition for the southern African printing community,’ comments Kemtek outgoing chairman, Toekie Rudaizky.

‘During the next six months it will be business as usual for Fujifilm SA and current distribution partner, Ferrostaal. Then, from October we’ll work closely alongside Ferrostaal, building on its existing distribution achievements to uplift the Fujifilm SA brand to preferred product status.’

Kemtek currently enjoys an approximate 50 per cent market share position in the local graphics industry, supplying leading-edge printing equipment and consumables to both large printing corporations and small independent printers. Operating from its head office in Johannesburg and branches in Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth, its expert sales team and technicians provide nationwide support in terms of stock, supply and service delivery.

Premium plate proposition

Guaranteeing consistent high-quality plates and uninterrupted supply requires long-term investment in sophisticated manufacturing technology and efficient logistics. The global Fujifilm Group ploughs millions into its supply infrastructure to provide printers with world-class products.

Today its Brillia series offers a comprehensive range of high sensitivity thermal violet CTP plates, including processless and low-chemistry plates, which have earned an industry-wide name for superior quality, superb on-press performance and reliability.

Furthermore, Fujifilm’s Brillia High Definition range, introduced in 2006, represents advanced design. The result of over a decade’s R&D into multi-graining and coating technologies, it raises the bar in terms of quality and productivity, allowing wider imaging and processing latitudes that assist in achieving the highest quality print easily and efficiently. The range includes both thermal and violet-sensitive plates, in processed and processless variants, all of which deliver the same premium grade benefits.

The company conducts its plate manufacturing from four factories worldwide – each ISO 14001 accredited, designed, built and operated to the same exacting standards to ensure consistency. To minimise the environmental impact of its products during their lifecycle, the group also implements a strict global ‘Design for Environment’ programme. For example, at the modern Tilburg, Netherlands production plant, five turbines, capable of producing the equivalent amount of energy used by 6 000 households in one year, supply approximately 20 per cent of the total energy used at the 63 hectare site, representing a 12 000 ton reduction in CO2 emissions per year.

‘With its global reputation for quality and service, and an R&D programme dedicated to sustainable production, Fujifilm SA’s product range delivers a host of value-added benefits to printers,’ asserts Rudaizky. ‘We’re delighted to be nominated as principal supplier and with our reputation for delivering only trustworthy, expert advice and assistance, I’m confident that we will take the Fujifilm SA brand to the next level.’


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