Kodak has reached an agreement in principle to install the Prosper 6000C press at Dubai Media Inc (DMI) premises, the first such installation in Europe, Africa and Middle East region. 

DMI, the largest media group in the Middle East, plans to use the Prosper  for its ‘smart printing services initiative’ in the UAE, which will see the introduction
of reader-customized newspapers and other advanced printing services.

Faisal Bin Haider, executive director of printing and distribution sector said, “In response to the vision of the wise leadership in Dubai to turn it into a smart city and provide the ultimate services to its residents, we have agreed to acquire the Prosper 6000C Press from Kodak. It offers the best solution of digital printing with an unmatched combination of outstanding quality, day-to-day productivity and compelling economics.”

The decision to invest in the Prosper was taken at WAN-IFRA in Amsterdam.  The press will enable DMI’s printing division, Masar Printing and Publishing Company, to offer readers  an opportunity to select the topics they are most interested in and have a personalized newspaper delivered to their door.

Masar also owns the digital production colour press from Kodak- the NeXpress, the Trendsetter 800 UHR Platesetter, Kodak Generation  news system among other machines.

Philip Cullimore, managing director, EAMER, Kodak said: “DMI will be the first printing partner in EAMER to implement the PROSPER 6000 Press technology to address the needs for efficient news and publishing production.”

The Prosper 6000 Presses print at speeds of up to 1,000 feet, or 300 meters, per minute on matted and uncoated papers with a duty cycle of 90 million A4 pages per month.