Kemtek and Fujifilm SA sign landmark supply agreement

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 Kemtek and Fujifilm SA presents an excellent value proposition for the southern African printing community, ’commented Kemtek outgoing chairman, Vivian (Toekie) Rudaizky. ‘During the next six months it will be business as usual for Fujifilm SA and its current distribution partner, Ferrostaal. Then, from 1 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 percent market share position in the local graphics industry, supplying leading-edge printing equipment and consumables to large printing corporations and small independent printers alike. Operating from its head office in Johannesburg and branches in Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth, its dedicated and expert sales team and technicians provide nationwide support in terms of stock, supply and service delivery. ‘Fujifilm SA’s executive team recognises our philosophy to consistently strive for excellence in everything we do and both companies are dedicated to building a mutually beneficial, long-standing business relationship,’ added Rudaizky. Guaranteeing consistent high-quality plates and uninterrupted supply requires long-term investment in sophisticated manufacturing technology and efficient logistics and the global Fujifilm Group ploughs millions in to its supply infrastructure to provide printers with world-class products, day-in, day-out. 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 the ultimate in terms of 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. Fujifilm conducts its plate manufacturing from four factories worldwide – each ISO 14001 accredited and designed, built and operated to the same exacting standards to ensure consistency from plate to plate and batch to batch. 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 wind turbines, capable of producing the equivalent amount of energy used by 6000 households in one year, supply approximately 20 percent of the total energy used at the 63 hectare site, representing a 12000 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 the southern African printing community,’ asserted 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 Kemtek will take the Fujifilm SA brand to the next level.’