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Understanding the true costs of CTP

Feb 1, 2004 12:00 AM

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Chemistry can account for as much as 30 percent of the price of the plate in a CTP environment, and additional hidden costs can bring the total cost of digital platemaking even higher, according to a new white paper from J Zarwan Partners (Charlottetown, PEI), “CTP Plate Making: Understanding the Real Costs.”

“The typical printer can spend $40,000 to $100,000 per year on chemistry and related items,” says founder John Zarwan. “Many printers underestimate the total cost of chemistry, processing and maintenance.” J Zarwan Partners spoke with 63 printers of all sizes, who employed products from all major manufacturers and process types, including both thermal and violet. To access the white paper, visit

Summary of Annual Expenses
Cost center Average Low High
Chemistry $17,500 $0 $75,000
Inventory 850 0 2,400
Processor 0 0 0
Floor Space 10,000 5,000 15,000
Baking 10,000 0 60,000
Maintenance 2,600 500 10,500
Waste disposal 1,600 0 5,000
Total 42,500 5,500 170,000