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

Prosper 6000 largeDigital transformation continues as Phoenix leads China’s Print on Demand Market

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…)

Kodak Names First SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award Winner for Asia-Pacific Region

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Beijing Shengtong Printing Co. recognized for commitment to environmentally conscious printing

Kodak named China-based Beijing Shengtong Printing Co. winner of the inaugural SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award for the Asia-Pacific region. The award recognizes companies that are committed to minimizing the impact of commercial printing on the environment. The award was presented on Friday, November 14, to Shengtong Printing at the All in Print China trade show in Shanghai.

Founded in 2000, Beijing Shengtong Printing serves customers in the book, journal, and pharmaceutical packaging markets in China and Europe. Through Beijing Shengtong Printing’s adoption of KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates, the company has seen immediate improvements with consistent color reproduction, less environmental impact, as well as time and money savings. The company impressed judges with its end-to-end sustainable approach that includes green initiatives throughout its material procurement and production systems, along with its notable list of certifications, including the Environmental Management System Certification (ISO14001) from the International Organization for Standardization and the China Environmental Labeling Product Certification.

“We are thrilled to select Beijing Shengtong Printing as our first Asia-Pacific SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award winner,” said Evandro Matteucci, General Manager, Graphics Business and Vice-President of Marketing, Asia Pacific Region (APR) . “Throughout our time working together, they have demonstrated an enthusiasm for innovating toward greener practices. We look forward to continuing our work with the company to further its environmental goals.” (more…)

Kodak Opens New Asia Pacific Technology Center in Shanghai

Kodak opened its new Asia Pacific Technology Center in Shanghai to bring together the company’s break through technology platforms for the printing industry in Asia. The facility, which kicked-off construction in early 2014, combines demonstrations of Kodak’s leading printing platforms and solutions, a training center for employees, customers and printing sector partners, and showcases through winning applications, successful new business models.APR Center Exec Photo

 

Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeff Clarke said, “It is a great privilege for Kodak to serve our customers in China. With the opening of our new technology center in Shanghai, we commit to continuously deliver to our commercial imaging and printing customers breakthrough capabilities that add efficiency, quality, reliability, and sustainability to your operations, while introducing creative business models that add value to your enterprise.”

The range of technology on demonstration at the new  1000 square meter Center includes KODAK SONORA  Process Free Plates, KODAK TRENDSETTER 800,  KODAK FLEXCEL NX System (5080W), KODAK  NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press,KODAK  PROSPER S10 Imprinting System, and KODAK  PRINERGY Workflow Print Production Software (more…)

China’s CEPIEC Inaugurates Kodak PROSPER

CEPIECCEPIEC, which was established in 1987 by the  by the Ministry of Education, is one of the largest importers and exporters of publications in China. The company’s customers cover universities, research institutions, public libraries, hospitals, corporations and government organizations in over 30 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in China.

With an eye to modernizing their operations, including adding print-on-demand capabilities for its customers, CEPIEC recently purchase a KODAK 1000 PROSPER PRESS.  We’re very excited for their team, as they continue to break new boundaries in the marketplace. 

CEPEIC inaugurates Kodak's PROSPER 1000 Press, opening up a range of new applications, like Print-on-Demand books.

CEPIEC inaugurates Kodak’s PROSPER 1000 Press, opening up a range of new applications, like Print-on-Demand books.

 

Kodak Inaugurates SONORA Plates production line in Xiamen

The addition of the Xiamen line, adds to SONORA Plate production  in Osterode, Germany and Columbus, Ohio.

The addition of the Xiamen line, adds to SONORA Plate production in Osterode, Germany and Columbus, Ga.

Our Xiamen plant in China has always been a leader in manufacturing excellence. The plant adds to its credentials with another exciting milestone,  the inauguration of a SONORA Plates production line. The addition of the SONORA line comes as interest and adoption of these game changing plates rapidly grows. To date, over 1,000 printing companies around the world have enthusiastically made the conversion to the new technology, significantly reducing the cost and environmental impact of plate making in their operations without impacting quality and productivity.

 

 

 

Kodak Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone with the Installation of 20,000th KODAK SQUARESPOT Thermal Imaging Head

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Kodak has reached the installation of its 20,000th award‐winning KODAK SQUARESPOT Thermal Imaging Head, the industry’s gold standard in imaging technology. As the developers of thermal computer‐to‐plate (CTP) technology, Kodak makes the only CTP Systems that utilize KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology, giving customers the competitive advantage needed to reach a higher level of stability, accuracy and reliability within their operation.

SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology has been a successful and long‐lasting part of Kodak’s portfolio, and the print industry, for almost 20 years. The technology was first introduced as the viable alternative to visible‐light CTP systems and today remains the first choice for printers looking for superior imaging technology capable of premium offset print quality. KODAK TRENDSETTER, KODAK MAGNUS and KODAK GENERATION NEWS Platesetters with SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology help to reduce chemistry usage, plate waste, remakes and make‐ready times supporting customers’ sustainability goals. (more…)

KODAK SONORA Plates Reach Growth Milestone with 1,000th Customer

Sonora Process FreeKodak today announced that it has reached a significant milestone: 1,000 customers have adopted KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates that remove the plate processing step completely without sacrificing the quality or productivity of traditional mainstream processed plates. Printing companies around the world have embraced the technology enthusiastically, leading to a rapid growth in the number of SONORA Plate customers in 2014.

Reynolds and Reynolds, based in Dayton, Ohio, is a leading printer of forms for automobile dealerships and provider of software and services that help dealerships manage business operations, is the 1,000th customer for SONORA Process Free Plates.

“We are seeing rapid growth in KODAK SONORA Plate adoption with customers energized about making the switch to process free,” said Rich Rindo, General Manager, Worldwide Graphics Marketing, and Vice President, Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Film (GECF). “This 1,000th customer milestone is further evidence that Kodak’s recent worldwide manufacturing investments are well timed and vital to ensuring our customers’ continued success with SONORA Process Free Plates.” (more…)

Kodak India and Fujito, An Enduring Partnership

Manish Jain, the founder of Singapore based Fujito Pte., Ltd is an inspiring business owner.  Since he founded the company in 2006, his dynamic enterprise has grown from just two employees to a dedicated team of 48 team members today. Over this period, the company has established itself as one of the leading Printing Technology service providers, serving fast growing markets in India, South East Asia and EAMER.

Fujito is also a key channel partner for Kodak across several Asia Pacific markets, a relationship that began in 1998. At that time, Manish was working with Printcell Imaging, which serviced the Nepal market and purchased small lots of Kodak film and chemicals. As the relationship grew stronger, Kodak was also looking to broaden its reach into Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar by partnering with a reliable and like-minded business that understood how to sell its full portfolio of printing solutions.

Always an entrepreneur, Manish quickly recognized the opportunity to expand his business. In 2007, he decided to move to Singapore and formed Fujito, a name borne out his relationship with Fuji and Toyo Inks, which supplied Mr. Jain’s printing presses in Nepal. In establishing the Fujito business in Singapore, Mr. Jain wanted to move closer to paper manufacturers –a key supplier to its business– and to Kodak’s regional offices, while capitalizing on the city state’s centrality to INSEA. (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.