See how NPE Print became Singapore’s first printing company to embrace process free technology by making the change to KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates.

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NPE Print is an award-winning commercial printer delivering the full gamut of services to its clients from project consultation and pre-press all the way through to a full range of offset and digital printing and finishing solutions.

NPE Print has long been committed to enhancing its environmental profile. On an ongoing basis, the company has invested in upgrading older machines to more energy-efficient equipment and rigorously monitors energy and consumable use that are tied to annual reduction targets.

“Over the past ten years, we have made a conscious effort to reduce the impact of our operations on the local environment. Our work in this area is not only essential to improving the productivity of our operations, but it is also an important part of the commitment we make to our customers.”

NPE Print’s first move toward becoming a more sustainable printer began with the introduction of Soy-based Inks, followed by the use of FSC certified paper and the elimination of isopropyl alcohol from its production process. Recently, NPE Print decided to switch all of its plate making to KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates, becoming the first printer in Singapore to embrace process-free technology. With five offset presses running across its operation, 100% of the plates produced at NPE Print are now process free.

“The benefits of using SONORA Plates have provided a significant advantage to our company. We have been able to eliminate the use of chemicals and reduce our energy consumption. On press, the SONORA plates are extremely durable and stable. With five presses and over 40 plates coming out of our Kodak TRENDSETTER every hour, we have been able to reduce our costs by 15% annually because of SONORA.

NPE Print’s focus on sustainability has also become an important component of their approach to customer service. The company’s clients, who include government agencies, telecom firms, and educational institutions, are regularly informed about the types of eco-friendly technology and products NPE Print employs.

“We mainly serve the Singapore market, but we are also proud to work with company’s from across the world, including the UK and Australia. Many of them tell us that our high-quality printing and commitment to sustainable printing practices are equally important factors in choosing NPE Print as their print service provider.”

Kodak was proud to honor NPE Print with the 2016 Kodak SONORA Green Leaf Award. The recognition shines a spotlight on NPE Print’s leadership and influential voice as an eco-friendly printing enterprise. The company is the first printer from Singapore to receive this recognition since the SONORA Green Leaf Award program began in 2014. Kodak has now recognized over twenty printers for their leadership in sustainable printing.

See how Ohshika Printing became Japan’s first printing company to receive the Kodak Green Leaf Award

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In 2017, Ohshika Printing became Japan’s first printing company to receive the coveted Kodak Green Leaf Award. It’s an honor well deserved for this 117-year-old printing company. Ohshika is a leader in UV packaging printing for a slew of popular Japanese snack brands and consumer goods.

Since 2001, the company has made significant strides to reduce their environmental impact. At the company’s six manufacturing sites, they have taken steps to reduce their energy consumption through the use of LED lighting, the installation of solar panels and they use hybrid cars for the company fleet.

When Kodak first introduced the SONORA XJ Process Free Plates in 2015, Ohshika saw the potential to expand on its commitment to run a more sustainable printing operation. But as a UV printer, Ohshika was cautious about switching to a new plate system, let alone a relatively unproven process-free technology that could also handle the rigorous demands required for UV printing.

“While we saw the potential for the significant energy savings and elimination of processing could deliver, we were not confident that SONORA could handle the demands of our UV presses and provide the quality our customers demand.”

The company’s caution turned to excitement after Ohshika began a thorough testing period. On an average month, the presses consume 5,000 plates to serve the needs of hundreds of its customer’s packaging jobs.  Ohshika set a benchmark for testing at 30,000 impressions per plate. After a week of testing, SONORA proved it was fit for the job. The test demonstrated the UV plates are capable of delivering longer run lengths for UV print applications than any other process free plate by offering consistent quality across 30,000 impressions.

Mr. Hiroyuki Furuta, General Manager at Ohshika, said, “After the test, we felt confident that SONORA UV was the right fit for our operation. It can handle the complex and challenging jobs that we do everyday for our customers, while also delivering a significant benefit to our bottom line and impact on the environment.”

Since the initial testing period, Ohshika changed all of their plates to 100% SONORA XJ.

Mr. Nobuyoshi Hamatake, General Manager of Production Department, commented on the transition. “I was worried that the move to a new plate would be challenging for my team, but with Kodak’s support, we were up and running very quickly. The transition was quite seamless for our company.”

The adoption of SONORA XJ is also hitting the bottom line for Ohshika by helping the company eliminate chemical waste, all the costs associated with the disposal of hazardous liquids, and the related maintenance costs for the developer to the tune of 5 million Yen annually.   In addition to the significant environmental improvements, Mr. Furuta and his team have been delighted by the on-machine image quality, especially with their oil-based printing and UV printing presses.  Ohshika’s steady commitment over the past ten years to continuously invest in reducing their operations burden on the local environment has been good for business and the community they serve.

Is Your CTP Device or Digital Press Vulnerable to Hacking?

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If you have an older platemaking system or digital press, you should be taking some steps to protect your print business from computer viruses and other forms of cyber attacks. The recent “WannaCry” ransomware used a flaw in Microsoft’s software to lock files so they couldn’t be used until the user paid a ransom to cyber criminals, and new malware is being developed and released continuously.

Cyber attacks can cause costly interruptions and loss of data for any business, and print businesses are no exception. Printers that are using older equipment or equipment purchased secondhand could be particularly vulnerable.

Below are recommendations from Kodak on some things you can do to protect the Digital Front End of your NexPress Press or workstation of your Kodak Platesetter, so you can keep running without interruption from possible future software attacks.

Enable Automatic Software Updates

Be sure to install and enable the Automatic Updates provided by Microsoft. Automatic Updates are enabled by default on Windows Server 2012 operating systems, but they must be manually enabled on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. We recommend that you manually enable these updates to allow Microsoft to send out any future emergency updates that will protect your server/workstation.

When you enable the Automatic Updates for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 operating systems, it may take up to two hours to install all the updates. You can schedule the update to take place at a specific time that is convenient for you.

Please note that you must be logged in as the Administrator or a member of the Administrator’s group to modify Automatic Updates. If the server is connected to a network, the network policy settings may prevent you from enabling Automatic Updates. Contact your IT department if you need assistance.

Upgrade your System

Microsoft no longer supports Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP operating systems and therefore has no commitment to provide future security updates. If your server is running one of these unsupported operating systems, the safest course of action would be to upgrade your system.

Kodak currently has aggressive promotions designed to make upgrading to the latest technology easy and affordable. Contact your sales representative for more information.

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2016 Kodak SONORA Green Leaf Award: Kunshan KAVA Printing Co., Ltd.

KAVA: Leading China’s Printing Industry Into An Eco-friendly Era

KAVA Printing is a pioneer in eco-friendly printing in China and has set the pace for how the industry approaches sustainable print. An early adopter of digital printing, KAVA understands that printing technology has the potential to deliver productivity increases, while also yielding gains in their objective to become a more sustainable business. In 2015 KAVA took a big step forward down this path, becoming the first printer in China to select Kodak’s SONORA UV Process Free Plates. The switch to process free plate making means Kava no longer has to spend the time and money treating the nearly two tons of chemical waste the operation was generating annually. It has also increased the speed at which they operate, with plates getting to press quicker. In addition to using Kodak SONORA UV Process Free Plates, KAVA is IPA-free. They now print with UV ink– which contains no solvents compared to traditional ink, adding to the company’s efforts to eliminate chemical waste during the printing process.

KAVA’s sustainable print model has also elevated the company’s reputation among one its most important customer groups, consumer packaged good companies. For these brands, the environmental credentials of their print suppliers can mean the difference between winning and losing the contract. Investment in technology like SONORA is a big reason that brands from the cosmetics, infant formula, and consumer goods sector continue to place their trust and print jobs with KAVA.

KAVA’s approach to managing its impact on the environment is also earning applause from China’s regulators –who have made it a priority for industry’s like printing to reduce their environmental impact. It received the “Energy-efficient Star Award” in 2012 and the “Clean Production Enterprise Certificate” in 2014 from the government. In 2016, KAVA reinforced its commitment to the environment and social responsibility by establishing the Suzhou City Green Printing Engineering and Technology Research Center. In the same year, the company showcased its green printing practices at the prestigious Suzhou Technology Fair. The company also holds the vice chairmanship of the Kunshan Packaging Industry Association.

“KAVA has been committed to printing responsibly since we first set-up our operation. We’re proud to take a leadership role in this very important area for the print industry in China. Our sustainable printing practices are an important part of running a healthy and profitable business,” commented Mr. Wang Jian Hua, general manager of KAVA Printing.

Kodak was proud to honor KAVA with the 2016 Kodak SONORA Green Leaf Award. The recognition shines a spotlight on KAVA’s leadership and influential voice as an eco-friendly printing enterprise in one of the world’s largest print markets.

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柯达腾格里绿叶奖2016 –昆山科望快速印务有限公司

科望:带领中国印刷业进入绿色新世代

昆山科望快速印务有限公司(下文简称“科望”)成立于1995年10月,迄今已有20多年历史。科望是中国环保印刷的先驱,为印刷行业建立了环保印刷的标准。

作为最早采用数码印刷的公司,科望于2005年开始使用数码印刷。在生产过程中,科望发现采用最新印刷科技具有巨大的商业优势,而且,新印刷技术还能履行社会责任、保护生态环境。看到环保印刷的种种好处后,科望开始提升其印刷器材。

2015年,科望开始使用柯达最新推出的腾格里免冲洗UV印版,成为国内第一家使用这项最新印刷技术的公司。很快,科望就发现,使用柯达腾格里免冲洗UV印版所带来的优势——没有了显影这一步骤,不仅提高了显影效率,而且不产生任何废液,为科望节省了每年2吨左右的废液处理费用,同时,科望的0废液排放也得到了政府机构和社会大众的认可。

科望除了使用柯达腾格里免冲洗印UV版技术外,还积极推行零酒精印制。原来的印版业是需要使用酒精的,科望通过零酒精新工艺的使用,将对环境产生污染的影响减少到最小,甚至没有污染。在油墨上,科望也采用国际上最新的UV油墨,UV油墨和普通油墨的最大差别在于UV油墨里不含任何溶剂,因此在生产过程中其污染物排放量几乎为零。

一些国内和国际知名的日化企业、食品企业,对环保印刷的要求比较高,在选择印刷供应商的时候,会对印刷供应商进行综合评价,其中会对环保工艺、排污等情况进行综合考虑,了解到科望的环保理念和采用的环保工艺后,为最大程度地减少商品生产过程中对环境的破坏,在其他条件相同的情况下,优先选择与科望合作。科望与这些知名的企业合作,印刷出的环保商品,如化妆品、奶粉包装盒等,走进了全国各地、千家万户,是消费者日常中经常使用的商品。

科望所取得的商业成功巩固了它在中国印刷市场的领先地位。公司持续获政府、印刷业和环保业颁发各项奖状。由于科望在节能降耗、绿色低碳生产上的杰出贡献,政府相关机构于2012年授予科望“能效之星”,2014年授予科望“清洁生产合格企业”。2016年,致力于保护环境的科望,专门成立了绿色印刷的工艺研究中心——苏州市绿色印刷工程技术研究中心,践行企业绿色生产的社会责任。同年,科望的绿色印刷工艺在苏州科技节上大放异彩。

作为一家有社会责任感的印刷厂商,同时,作为昆山市包装行业协会的副会长单位,科望在包装行业也积极宣贯环保理念和环保技术,分享新的环保工艺。

科望是一家能善用最新最环保的印刷科技去实践业务成功及社会责任的公司。因此,柯达给科望颁发了“2016年度柯达腾格里绿叶奖”,以肯定科望在环保印刷行业的杰出贡献。

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Press On with Tad Carpenter – Episode 2

Tad Carpenter – a well-known American designer, illustrator, author and teacher is the host of our new video blog series called #PressOn. Here we will be showcasing printers from around the globe that are making the world a better place through print.

In this second episode, Tad visits Shweiki Media in San Antonio, USA to see how they use Kodak products to deliver a Hassle Free experience to all of their customers – without sacrificing quality.

Stay tuned for our next episode and remember to continue Making the World a Better Place Through Print.

Kodak launched New Press On Video Series

In Oct 2016, Kodak PSD launched a new phase of the #Press On marketing campaign, showcasing our Printer partners around the globe – celebrating their successes and highlighting their work, enabled by Kodak products such as SONORA plates, our platesetters and NexPress machines. We’re also exploring their facilities, looking at their sustainability efforts and visiting the communities in which they do business. Ultimately, we’re showing how our Printers are living the PSD vision of Making the World a Better Place Through Print.

We are very proud to unveil a new video blog series featuring our host personality, Tad Carpenter – a well-known American designer, illustrator, author and teacher. While he is not a typical print industry ‘insider,’ we chose him to represent Kodak as a vibrant, enthusiastic, print fan. In this first episode, Tad takes us on a journey through Germany, visiting two Printers – Lokay and Eversfrank – who are both doing great things with sustainable print in a country extremely focused on sustainability.

The plan is to create a series of these video blogs, travelling around the world highlighting a diverse mix of Printers, and featuring different Kodak products, print applications and industry segments. For this initial pilot, we’re focused on the US and Canada, Germany and UK.  In the near future, we will also move to Asia. Please stay in tune.

Leading by example, China’s largest publisher invests in a zero-inventory future

Kodak recently hosted an Open House in Nanjing, China at the facilities of our long-time customer, Phoenix Publishing & Media Group. If you’ve never been to Nanjing, it’s an impressive place. With over 8 million people, it is the second largest commercial center in East China. The city has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China for several periods. Since the Three Kingdoms period, it has been a leader in textiles, shipbuilding and printing.

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Kodak’s William Mansfield share his insights on how printers are profitably operating print-on-demand business models, where the business of printing books represents more than a US$35 billion opportunity, with China representing 12% of the global market.

Today, Phoenix carries on the proud tradition of centuries of printing innovation in Nanjing. Established in 1991, Phoenix has become one of the most prominent publishing conglomerates in China. A position it has attained by keeping one foot in the future. Over the past several years, Phoenix has been investing in its future by creating the capability to become a leader in the Print-on-Demand (POD) publishing market. The integration of Kodak’s PROSPER 1000 System in 2011 was the first step the company took to grow its short-run book printing operations. Recently, Phoenix purchased Kodak’s new PROSPER 6000 as part of its continued investment to become a “zero-inventory” publisher. With over 40 major publishers on its POD platform and the capability to produce over 20,000 books a day, Phoenix can whisk a range of titles to buyers within 2-3 days. (more…)

Focusing on Emerging Geographies

Kodak EGThe world’s emerging geographies, which includes dynamic markets like China, India, Singapore and Brazil, are an important part of Kodak’s growth strategy for the long term. As these economies continue to expand and consumption patters grow, so to will demand for printing.

Kodak has been investing in many of these markets for some time now, whether its expanding our manufacturing capacity in China for Sonora Process Free Plates or helping our customer’s transition to new technologies, like Brazil’s Diario Do Para. To give you a glimpse into all the interesting things our customers, partners and Kodak are doing in these emerging markets, take a look at our recently launched Emerging Geographies Magazine.