Kodak Teams Up with India’s Youth For People and Aroehan to Improve Education Outcomes for Children in Mokhada Schools

Mumbai, India, July 28, 2017 – The foundation of every prosperous society is built on educating our youth. For the vast majority of children in India, who attend government-run primary schools in rural areas, access to basic resources, like school supplies, is a challenge that impacts learning outcomes and the quality of education.

To help combat this problem, Kodak has teamed up with India’s Youth for People and Aroehan, two local NGOs, to deliver 5,000 notebooks to children across schools in Mokhada in rural Maharashtra.

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Youth for People began its Notebook Donation program in 2014 to address the lack of affordable blank notebooks for school children in this rural community. In its first year, Youth for People and Aroehan delivered 65,000 notebooks to 10,000 children in 50 schools. In 2016, the program’s success expanded to 200,000 notebooks in 300 schools for 40,000 children.

Kodak’s support for this important program in 2017 is part of the company’s Print. For Good initiative which is focused on promoting literacy around the world. The global program partners with printers and industry stakeholders to target high need areas with book drives, book donations and the printing of school materials and supplies to support literacy efforts on a global basis. For the 2017 Youth for People Notebook Donation program, Kodak worked with its local customer Nemlaxmi Books to print the 5,000 notebooks, using Kodak technology. For those looking to contribute directly to 2017 Notebook Donation Program, visit the following link (www.aroehan.org) and also follow, post and support Youth for People on Facebook or Twitter with the #notebookdonationdrive2017.

The India notebook donation program is taking place in parallel to numerous Print. for Good activities happening across the globe with support from Kodak employees who are raising funds, leveraging industry connections, donating books and connecting with their communities to get much-needed printed materials to children in need.

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Kodak’s culture of giving dates back to our founder, George Eastman (1854-1932), inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In the early 1900s, Eastman was one of the richest men in the world and one of the four largest donors in history to that point.  By his death, he would give away approximately $2 billion of his wealth to charitable causes (as measured in today’s dollars).  Kodak’s Print. for Good campaign builds on this heritage by giving back and supporting the communities where we operate through meaningful programs.

Kodak’s legacy in India dates back to 1913 when it became the first photographic company to set up operations in India. Over the past 100 years, Kodak has been an integral part of millions of Indian’s memories from family moments captured on Kodak film or watching your favourite Bollywood motion picture shot with Kodak film stock.  Even today, thousands of photo studios across India continue to hang Kodak branded balloons outside their store. Though Kodak has mostly been known for its historic role in photography, today’s Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies – hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets.

Kodak’s Heritage of Giving Comes Full Circle with “Print for Good” Efforts

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Rochester, N.Y., July 13, 2017 – Yesterday Kodak employees celebrated their founder, George Eastman, on his 163rd birthday with an event supporting his philosophy and philanthropy through the company’s Print for Good program. This global initiative supports communities throughout America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East with book drives, book donations, and the printing of materials and supplies in an effort to increase literacy worldwide through print.

The Rochester event is part of a month-long book drive where Kodak employees and Eastman Business Park tenants have been asked to donate new or gently used books in support of local literacy programs focused on high-needs neighborhoods and schools. This year’s contributions will be donated to the Urban League of Rochester and the Scott Spino Foundation.

Kodak’s Print for Good initiative is an overall effort to drive the print industry in a socially conscious and environmentally friendly way, including the development and use of more sustainable print processes.

Print for Good is about ensuring that print is around for the long term, that it’s driving value, and that it’s doing good in the world,” said Brad Kruchten, President – Print Systems Division and SVP, Kodak.  “Literacy is a venue for us to talk about the value of print in a very tangible way, while partnering with some of our most important printers to address this huge issue across the globe.”

“In middle-class communities, there is an estimated 15 books per child. However, in underdeveloped or impoverished areas, there’s only about one book per 300 children,” Kruchten adds.  “An investment in literacy is an investment in the future; and every dollar that’s spent on adult literacy provides society with a return of $7.14, enabling individuals to help themselves, their families and their communities.  We feel that print is and will continue to be a critical piece of that solution.”

This latest event in Kodak’s Print for Good campaign follows several activations that have occurred worldwide, including:

  • Houston, TX – Kodak partnered with its customer DiscPro to host a book drive. In addition, Kodak purchased and donated books by Tad Carpenter (host of Kodak’s Press On video series and children’s book author) to benefit high-needs Houston schools and communities, as well as an orphanage in Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • Tel Aviv, Israel – Kodak partnered with a local printer, Emanuel Print, to publish over 1,000 booklets, donated to La’Sova, a local non-profit providing food for those in need, and added those booklets to food packages distributed during the Passover holiday.
  • Dayton, OH – Kodak employees completed a book drive in support of a local organization, Hannah’s Treasure Chest.
  • Mumbai, India – Kodak is working with Youth for People to support a tribal region on the outskirts of Mumbai (Mokhada, Palghar) with a supply of 5,000 school notebooks printed by Kodak’s partner Navneet Publications.
  • Memphis, TN – Kodak donated 1,000 books authored by Tad Carpenter to the Books from Birth Foundation. This donation will support two local initiatives including the Reach Out and Read Program at Le Bonheur’s Outpatient Center and the LENA Start program.
  • Columbus, GA – Kodak is supporting the RiverCenter Readers program. Several activities are planned including a book collection this week with the local Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group.
  • Croxley, United Kingdom – Kodak planning an employee book donation and a book-signing day with Ben Cort, illustrator of “Aliens Love Underpants.”
  • Vancouver, BC – Kodak team will be hosting a spelling bee and bake sale to raise money to donate to a local organization.

Eastman’s philanthropic spirit is deeply ingrained into the corporate culture at Kodak. The company and its employees have supported local Kodak communities for over a century. Kodak’s aim is to continue this legacy by putting programs into place such as Print for Good designed to help communities build lasting benefits that can be felt by all.

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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Kodak SONORA Process Free Plates Receive Environmental Labeling Type II recognition in China


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China, 23 October 2015 – Kodak announced today that its family of SONORA Process Free Plates – SONORA XP Process Free Plates and SONORA NEWS Process Free Plates – received Environmental Labeling Type II recognition from China’s Central United Certification Center. The certification program, based on standards endorsed by China’s National Environmental Protection Bureau, recognizes SONORA’s ability to improve the sustainability of the printing industry.

SONORA Plates, designed for commercial printers of all sizes, as well as large web publication printers, offer a commercially sound and environmentally improved solution for printing a wide range of applications. With SONORA, printers can increase productivity, simplify operations, and lower costs by reducing steps in the plate making process. At the same time, the plates eliminate the need for processing, and reduce energy and natural resource consumption. These key attributes create a solution that provides equally important economic and environmental benefits for the commercial printing market.

For example, a typical processor weighs 735 kg, measures 1.3 x 3.5 meters, and uses 2,398 liters of chemistry, 40,000 liters of water and 5,523 kW of electricity annually. With the implementation of SONORA Plates, all costs and environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of the processing equipment are eliminated.

Kodak’s Loïs Lebegue, Managing Director of the Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa (ALMA) region, said that the eco-labeling is a testament to Kodak’s commitment to sustainability. “SONORA is playing an important role in helping commercial printers in China reduce their environmental footprint while improving their bottom line. Printers here are embracing the product because it delivers a clear and immediate benefit to the sustainability of their operations.” (more…)

Vietnam’s Printing Sector Strengthens As Firms Invest In Technology To Enhance Product Quality And Bolster Exports

Vietname_Printing_KodakKodak and our partner in Vietnam, Total Print, were recently at the 16th annual Vietnam Packaging and Printing exhibition. At our booth, nearly 10,000 visitors got a chance to learn how Sonora Process free plates and the Q800 Trendsetter can help increase the productivity, speed and sustainability at pre-press. With its buoyant economy, printers in Vietnam are excited about the future of their industry. According to the Asian Development Bank, growth is expected to accelerate through the second half, underpinned by several factors, including rising private consumption. And with the pending ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, economists forecast Vietnam’s economic growth to strengthen in the years ahead. The market can expect a bright future as printers invest in new technology to serve the demands of both local consumers and the foreign entities investing in the market

Kodak’s Innovation and Leadership in Print Underscored with Two 2015 InterTech™ Technology Awards

FLEXCEL ONE Blog_InterTech LogoPrinting Industries of America has announced the 2015 InterTech Technology Award recipients. Kodak is honored to accept two out of the ten awards in 2015 for the KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses and NX advantage for KODAK FLEXCEL NX System. This years’ two awards represent Kodak’s 39th and 40th overall InterTech Technology Awards since the competition’s inception in 1978. http://ow.ly/Qemsp

Phoenix Media Group Installs First KODAK PROSPER 6000 in China

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Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG) is one of the leading publishing conglomerates in China. Over the past few years, Kodak has helped Phoenix transform into a digital operation that is better equipped to manage its vast book inventory, while also creating the capability for print-on-demand services. The integration of Kodak’s PROSPER 1000 System was the first step the company took to grow its short-run book printing operations through a Print on Demand (POD) capability.

With the POD line in full operation since November 2011, PPMG has successfully signed up more than 40 major publishers, with the capability to produce over 20,000 books a day. The company is able to commit to an average delivery time between 2-3 days. With this proven track record of success, Phoenix announced at All in Print in Shanghai, China that it is expanding its digital capabilities with the purchase of Kodak’s PROSPER 6000P System, making it the first installation in China.

Li Xue, Vice President of Phoenix Publishing & Media Group, commented: Printing digitalization and digital printing are the cornerstones of Phoenix growth strategy. During the past 3 years, Phoenix Group has excelled at POD and we continue to drive the market’s growth. The investment in the Prosper 6000 is designed to meet the increasing demand from our customers and is part of our Group’s strategic growth plans as we look to expand our on-demand print capabilities. By embracing digital, we have experienced rapid growth in our POD business and The PROSPER 6000 is a cutting-edge solution that is helping us thrive in China’s fast-changing printing market. (more…)