Kodak is establishing a stronger foothold in Algeria by appointing BCZ as its distributor for prepress products.
As part of the agreement, BCZ in Algeria will offer a range of Kodak offset prepress equipment (platesetters, processing line equipment), proofing solutions, production and portal workflow solutions and prepress consumables including digital plates and prepress chemistry. These will include KODAK TRENDSETTER Platesetters and KODAK ACHIEVE Platesetters; KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates, KODAK ELECTRA XD Thermal Plates and KODAK VIOLET PRINT Digital Plates; and KODAK PRINERGY CONNECT Workflow, all of which will be presented jointly for the first time publicly in Algeria at Algiers Expo from April 6-8, 2014. There are also plans afoot for an Open House to be hosted prior to summer.
BCZ is a major supplier of sheetfed and web offset, flexo and digital printing and packaging solutions including plates, inks, chemicals, paper, adhesives and coatings. The company recently established a division for prepress equipment distribution, and it will offer advice and solutions for offset printers and trade shops throughout the country, as well as support existing Kodak sales and service partner SOPROMIN, which works with flexo printers and trade shops.
Komal Sharma, Managing Director for the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Eastern Europe at Kodak comments, “The graphics arts market is ever changing and Kodak believes that working with BCZ will enable it to continue to offer customers the best support possible. The partnership will also mean we will be able to offer greater professional support and advice to Algerian operations aiming to take their business to the next level.”
Mahmoud Benamar, Owner and Managing Director BCZ, adds, “Algeria is a strongly developing market where printers are now actively adopting CTP and focussing on workflow automation, color management, and the streamlining of production processes. We are pleased to be able to help them make this transition with Kodak’s portfolio of solutions.”