India’s Rachna opens up new growth opportunities

Rachna Prints, a Bhivandi-based start-up focused on pre-press, recognised an opportunity to help its customers in the very large format print market improve their productivity, while producing higher quality printing for their clients.  The company has chosen to migrate away from its conventional plate exposing process and has invested in a Kodak Trendsetter 1600, a very large format (VLF) CTP platesetter.

In an interview with PrintWeek India, Ashish Vazirani, managing director at Rachna Prints, explained why they decided to make the switchPrintWeek India Logo “We were using the conventional plate exposing technology for which film is required. Procuring a film positive of 40x56inch is expensive and a difficult task for our customer and us. Moreover, the quality achieved by using the conventional method is not very high. The important factor is time. The Kodak VLF platesetter will help in reducing the time and saving money. It will provide higher quality printing with faster turnaround and more control on the press.”

What’s Next Start’s Now

We are very pleased to share some great news.  Kodak announced globally on September 3rd its Emergence from Chapter 11 Restructuring.  The new Kodak, is a B2B organization focused on Commercial Imaging addressing the Packaging, Commercial Print, Newspaper & Publishing, Functional Printing and Enterprise Services Segments.  See global press release here.

The new Kodak emerges as a leaner, more profitable and focused organization, right sized for the market place and to serve our customers in Asia.   During our transformation we never stopped investing in technology and innovation. Now with our combined portfolio of 7500 active patents in the Commercial Imaging Space, we have even more strength to continue to deliver superior technologies, solutions and services across our pre press and digital portfolios with one simple purpose: to create new business models that help our customers grow their businesses profitably.   

We are truly excited about building our future success together with our customers. What’s Next Start’s Now!      

       

Print Newspaper industry adopts to challenges by innovating with hybrid printing applicatons

As circulation and print advertising revenues continue to decline, the question from printers today is how to create a newspaper model that is attractive to both readers and advertisers, whilst providing a healthy margin for publishers. To address this challenge, Kodak hosted 140 professionals from the Newspaper, Advertising, Distribution, and Printing industry from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and South Korea at a 3 day seminar.

Axel Springer integrates Kodak Prosper across all its German printing sites

Axel Springer integrates Kodak Prosper across all its German printing sites

A major focus of the seminar dived into how some of the world’s leading publishers are giving their web presses a new lease on life by integrating hybrid inkjet systems, like Kodak’s PROSPER S SERIES high-speed digital inkjet heads.

These hybrid systems are helping publishers offer their advertisers dynamic new ways to target their customers with variable data and targeted marketing campaigns that deliver a higher ROMI.

See how some of our customers, including Germany’s Axel Springer and China’s Shenzhen Press Group are  transforming their businesses with hybrid inkjet in these great case studies.

Kodak customers rack up 23 Awards at FTA Flexography Awards.

A big congratulations to all of our customers from from North America, Europe, Japan and Australia who took home a  total of 23 awards in six categories for  eye-catching jobs produced with KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates at 2013 Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Excellence in Flexography Awards.    Kodak customers also claimed three of the seven coveted overall “Best of Show” honors for their outstanding projects. Flexel

One of the trends noted by judges is that today’s technology is helping flexographic printing achieve photorealistic quality. Many of them indicated that flexography is continuing to rival and even surpass offset, gravure, and digital print processes.  Photos and information about all the winners can be found in the May issue of FLEXO magazine at www.flexography.org

 

Sydney’s Cojo ramps up its digital business

It’s great to see that our customers are getting  a little media spotlight for the great work they do on behalf of their clients.  Cojo, which is one of Australia’s top mailing and fulfillment service houses is currently operating two KODAK NEXPRESS machines. They were recently profiled in ProPrint magazine, where they talked about some of the major new jobs they’ve handled over the past few months. The full article is online hereProPrint_Australia

The quote below from Cojo’s Rod Jone’s is really what it’s all about:

The first one won us business. The second one has enabled us to continue adding clients to that digital offering. In order to keep up with demand, we needed a second engine, he said. There’s a general increase in demand for digital print. Because we’re a mailhouse and it’s all variable stuff, there’s increasing sophistication in the DM stuff that goes out, and that can’t be achieved with the offset-and-laser-overprint combination.

All that is Gold…..

Print21Historically, gold leaf or gold foil was a prohibitively expensive way of achieving gold effects in printing. But soon gold will be available to everyone, thanks to KODAK NEXPRESS Gold Dry Ink, a unique option for the NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions that adds a gold metallic, sparkle effect for applications such as direct mail, magazine and catalog covers, certificates, photos, tickets, and other special projects.

To showcase Gold Dry Ink, Kodak collaborated with five different magazines around the world to create special covers that feature the attention-getting gold effects, including Australia’s Print 21 magazine.

Patrick Howard, Print21’s publisher commented:

“Our cover image was specially selected to highlight the creative possibilities of the gold ink. The pigments in the Gold Dry Ink produce a sparkle effect that is similar to that achieved with offset metallic inks. The Gold solution follows the pattern already set by Kodak with its dimensional printing effect, utilizing the Fifth Imaging Unit of the press to add decorative or tactile layers to the CMYK inks.”

Repro India starts production on Kodak Prosper at its Navi Mumbai facility

Congratulations to our good friends at Repro India as they start up production their new Kodak PROSPER 1000 Press.  As reported in PrintWeek India, Repro is the first business in India to install a Kodak PROSPER PRESS.

According to Repro,  the new PROSPER 1000 PRESS is part of its strategy to become a one-stop solution for publishers. Rajeev Vohra, director at Repro India, commented:

Repro India

 

The Kodak Prosper 1000 press has a fully integrated solution package, which includes content management at the back-end, digital store front catering to the print and fulfilment requirements , and binding , finishing and packaging lines. This makes us the first firm in India to be able to provide a complete solution for the publishers.

Case Study: 1-800-Postcards growing its business by embracing digital

With more than 35 years of experience in the printing industry, 1-800-Postcards understands the importance of delivering consistent, high-quality printed materials to its customers. The full-service company first built its reputation as an offset printer and then expanded into digital printing 10 years ago with the installation of two KODAK NEXPRESS 3000 Presses. 1-800-Postcards has recently enhanced its digital printing capabilities even further by investing in a KODAK NEXPRESS SX3300 Press.

1-800The company recently changed floors in its SoHo location to accommodate the influx of new business. As part of the project, 1-800-Postcards upgraded its presses, revamped its internal ordering processes and spent over one million dollars in designing a storefront with a unique agency-like aesthetic. 1-800-Postcards takes pride in being the only provider in Manhattan that utilizes the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Color Platform and attributes its recent growth to its comprehensive digital printing capabilities. (more…)

Kodak and Carrefour Extend Relationship

Kodak  has extended its relationship with Carrefour, the world’s second largest retailer, to offer retail and online printing services to customers.  The renewal of the multi-year agreementt enables the two market leaders to provide consumers with a complete photo shopping experience, and designates Kodak as Carrefour’s exclusive partner within the photo category for all retail and online printing solutions.

Carrefour

Laura Quatela, President of Kodak and Personalized Imaging commented:  “This latest announcement follows our extension with CVS/pharmacy, which we announced last November, and demonstrates the strong worldwide demand for our solutions.We thank  Carrefour for their partnership and look forward to continuing to work with them to grow their photo services business.”

The Carrefour Group has more than 9,500 stores in 30 countries across Europe, Asia and Latin America. In turn, Kodak continues to build on its market-leading installed base of 105,000 KODAK Picture Kiosks worldwide, strengthening its number one global position in both photo kiosks and dry labs