Print Week India: “For Kodak, Drupa 2012 has been a showcase of demonstrating technologies that it can deliver in the short term”

Drupa Daily: Strategic transition of China’s printing industry

In 2009, China had 101,566 printing enterprises, which employed 3.78 million people. The industry’s fixed assets totaled 800billion yuan, its annual output value was 636.7 billion yuan, its tax payment was 60.3 billion yuan and its export trade reached 43.913 billion yuan. Compared with the previous year, the number of printing enterprises rose 4.6% and their total output value rose 9.1%. The geographic profile of the printing industry was basically rational, with the Bohai Rim specialising in publication printing, the Yangtze River Delta in packaging and decoration printing, and the Pearl River Delta in foreign trade printing. At present, the Pearl River Delta accounts for 80% of the export trade of China’s printing industry. These three industrial belts have fully tapped their regional advantages and promoted the development of ImageChina’s printing industry.

Economic development
The year 2011 was a crucial year for China to maintain fast and steady economic development and change the mode of economic development. The National People’s Congress adopted the Report on Government Work and the Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development made by Premier Jiabao Wen. As the programme of action for the next five years, the Plan has 24 main indicators. In addition to the 7% economic growth rate, other indicators cover restructuring, science and technology, education, resources, environment and people’s lives. The plan also contains major policy measures to ensure faster and better development of China’s economy and society. Accordingly, China’s printing industry will have more development opportunities in the course of serving these economic and social developments.

Repro becomes first print firm in India to invest in a Prosper

Kodak Asia (Hall 5 / Stand F09) is surging ahead at Drupa with a multi-million dollar deal to Repro India, a leading book printer from India.

The Repro India team was present at the Kodak stall to finalise Kodak Prosper 1000 Press with IOS (Image Optimiser Station) and Hunkler finishing system as part of a complete solution which includes, Prinergy workflow solution, Trendsetter 800 and a Digimaster 150.

The purchase of equipment from Kodak is a part of Repro India’s strategy to become a one-stop solution for the publisher, right from managing the content to production to fulfillment.

Repro India has etched a success story in the print industry for digital printing with its print-on-demand model.

Rajeev Vohra, director of Repro India said, “Prosper 1000 press will enable us to cater to the increasing demand from our customers to produce shorter print runs. It increases our threshold of supplying 500 digitally printed books to the desired requirements of 2,000 books.”

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Kodak and Ryobi in ‘milestone’ hybrid deal

Kodak has signed a worldwide deal at drupa to offer the “first fully integrated hybrid sheetfed press”.

Ryobi 750 offset presses can now integrate Kodak Prosper S5 inkjet heads into the sheetfed press system.
The technology partnership will allow sheetfed jobs with variable information to be printed in a single pass, eliminating the costly and time-consuming need to use laser printers, according to Kodak.
Kodak customer marketing director Gudrun Alex told drupa report daily the deal had been signed at drupa after a year of negotiations.
She said the hybrid press was best suited to direct mail and certain segments of folding carton.
Hybrid printing produces “faster job turImagenaround times, lower costs and higher productivity for imprinting applications when compared to sheetfed laser printing”, the company said. The hybrid press can print up to 10,000 sheets per hour and has an optional inline varnish station.
“The varnish option is valuable to direct mail printers because it enables a true print-and-ship capability, which leads to faster time to mail, invoicing and payment. Direct mailers will also benefit from new opportunities made possible by the Ryobi 750 series’ ability to run B2 size sheets, which today cannot be post-printed with laser systems,” said Alex.
She added that interested parties should ask their Ryobi dealer to install Kodak imprinting systems.
She said customers had shown “lots of interest” at drupa about retrofitting their existing presses.
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Publishing Giant Jiangxi Xinhua Printing Co. LTD acquires the first Kodak Prosper 5000 XL Press in China.


The publishing industry in China has been experiencing double digit growth. A report released by the General Administration of Press and Publication(GAPP) states that the output of digital publishing in China, in 2011, was up by 31.6 percent year-on-year.

To better serve this demand and offer a complete digital publishing solution to its customer base, publishing giant Jiangxi Xinhua Printing has acquired a Kodak Prosper 5000XL Press.

“We are very excited with this acquisition, says: Sun Liang, General Manager Jiangxi Xinhua Printing Co.  Not only are we the first in China to bring a Prosper 5000XL Press but this technology will allow us to lead the way in providing short run,on demand color books and magazines to China.”

Photo applications: New potential sales


In order to operate successfully in the modern printing industry which is influenced massively by digital developments, print shops have to develop their business model continuously and need to introduce innovative products – especially products which allow them to gain access to markets with strong growth and acceptable profit expectations.

The results of an InfoTrends survey – according to which the polled print shops achieved 40 to 50 percent higher profit margins on new products they offer – shows just how strong the correlation between new products and business growth actually is. Job print shops with electrophotographic digital printing equipment have the opportunity to enter one of the fastest growing markets: The market for special photographic printing products.


Repro India takes the lead in the Indian Publishing Industry with India’s first Kodak Prosper 1000 Press

The publishing and trade book industry in India has been experiencing double digit growth and an increasing demand for shorter runs and on demand printing.  To better serve this demand and offer a complete book printing and publishing solution to its customer base, Repro India has acquired a Kodak Prosper 1000 Press with IOS and Hunkler finishing system as part of a complete solution which includes, Prinergy Workflow solution, Trendsetter 800 X and a Digimaster 150.

Rajeev Vohra, Director, Repro India LTD says:  The new acquisition of the Kodak Prosper 1000 Press will enable us to cater to the increasing demand from our customers to produce shorter print runs of books from 0-2000 and Kodak Prinergy Workflow Solution will give us a seamless integration with Repro’s existing PrePress solutions from multiple vendors and add a new “web based” Portal capability giving us the ability to extend our geographical reach beyond Indian shores, gaining Repro faster job turnaround times and high client availability 24 x 7.”

How is Kodak helping its customers make more money?

Much of the focus for Kodak at drupa is to demonstrate to our customers and potential customers how Kodak is focused on driving profitable growth for their business.

In the video below, live from drupa, Kodak’s Greg Gresock demonstrates how Kodak is creating a new gold standard in digital print for its KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Presses with new Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions that enable true gold printing effects.  Enjoy the video:

Kompass picks Kodak

Karachi-based Kompass Packaging has signed a contract with Kodak to bring the first Flexcel NX digital flexographic system into Pakistan.The investment represents a key part of Kompass Packaging’s strategy to attempt to convert its customers from gravure to flexographic printing. Kompass Packaging chief executive Hasal Jalil said: “98% of Pakistani printing is still produced gravure. Flexo printing technology has so many more benefits – it is cheaper, more efficient and it can produce shorter runs cost-effectively. We are giving the market another option.”

The company has also bought Kodak’s Approval digital color management system and the Prinergy Powerpack workflow software to allow it to increase its digital capabilities.

The new machines are due to be installed at Kompass Packaging’s plant in Karachi in August.