Taking Print Further event demonstrates Kodak’s commitment to print and new product technologies

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Kodak hosted approximately 220 guests in the company’s Rochester headquarters Wednesday, Feb. 28, through Thursday, March 1, for its first-ever Taking Print Further event.

Over two exciting days, printers, analysts, press and industry influencers convened to hear keynote speakers and panelists discuss today’s print industry market trends and where print is ultimately heading in the future. A broad array of technology demonstrations was also on display throughout the event, representing all of Kodak’s print businesses.

“This event was all about having our printers really understand how far Kodak has come over the last several years with all the new product introductions. We also want to share our plans for where we can take print and make sure we’re helping printers to be more profitable and sustainable along the way,” Brad Kruchten, president of Kodak’s Print Systems Division (PSD) and host of Taking Print Further, said.

Two keynote speakers kicked of the gala dinner on Wednesday evening, including Frank Romano, a world-renowned authority on graphic communications, printing, publishing, electronic publishing, who shared his vision on the future of print. Tad Carpenter, designer, illustrator, author, educator, and host of Kodak’s “Press On with Tad Carpenter” vlog, also spoke about his “passion for print.”

The next day, participants gained first-hand experience of important new product innovations in the process-free, digital printing and functional printing categories – and heard from printers using the latest Kodak technology and integrated solutions to improve their profitability, sustainability and growth potential in new adjacencies.  Two new product introductions were highlighted:

• KODAK SONORA X Process Free Plates, a game-changing new addition to the SONORA family, enabling up to 80 percent of the marketplace to transition to process free with this truly mainstream product.

• The KODAK NEXFINITY digital press platform, with a high-resolution multi-bit LED writing system is capable of running the widest range of applications including transactional, direct mail, packaging, commercial print and photobooks.

There was a vibrant discussion by top designers, photographers, niche publishers and trade media who continue to use print as a differentiated and value-adding medium at the intersection of traditional and digital marketing – and in the new omni-channel world of content generation and publishing.

Formal comments wrapped up with a presentation by Tom Cavanagh, Chief Customer Office and Vice President Advanced Materials and 3D Printing on new opportunities in functional printing, where Kodak is innovating in conductive inks and printing processes to transform traditional commercial printing and enable advanced products that include printed electronics.

Thursday concluded with closing remarks and a thank you from Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke, followed by exciting tours and product demonstrations at the fully loaded new NEXPRESS Demo Center in Building 205. The Demo Center boasts a new NEXFINITY machine and a new CTP Trendsetter with MCU running SONORA X Plates. Visitors also got to see Kodak’s Circuit Printing with Flexo demonstrations at Building 326.

According to what we heard, people left the event feeling energized and impressed:

“It is clear to see that this industry needs Kodak”

“If everyone in the industry knew what you could do, you would own it.”

“This makes me proud to be associated with Kodak”

“Kodak needs us, and we need Kodak to be successful.”

“I am a long-time Kodak user, but first time I have been to Rochester. This is impressive. I had no idea that Kodak was this large and had so much going on”

“This is a great event. Good to see Kodak involved in so much new technology”

“Very impressed with what we heard, had no idea Kodak had all of this going on.”

“The SONORA X product sounds great and should be a good fit for our business. Cannot wait to try it out”

“Wow! I wish some of our other senior managers had been here to see and hear this.”

“Very intrigued by the customer advisory council for the printed electronics project. How can I get more information?”

“If it were up to me, I’d replace all of my existing NEXPRESSES with NEXFINITY presses.”

“It’s great to see that Kodak is investing and committed to the future of print”

 

Kodak Xiamen Plant Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Kodak opened its first plate manufacturing line ten years ago in Xiamen, China – a bustling port city on China’s southeast coast.  When the first line went into operation in 2007, the state-of-the-art facility significantly increased Kodak’s total manufacturing capacity worldwide, providing a base of operations to improve service and customer support in China and the Asia-Pacific region.

Today, the plant manufactures Kodak’s extensive range of digital and conventional printing plates, including KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates. The output from the facility has reached over 30 million square meters and services customers in 69 countries and regions. Behind the success of this incredible journey are over 300 employees who power the manufacturing plant’s success every day.

Expanding Plate Production
The Xiamen team has been crucial in ensuring customers have timely access to these new products as Kodak plate technology has advanced. In 2010, the group added a second production line underlining Kodak’s commitment to strengthen its production base for customers in the region. In 2013, the second production line was upgraded to handle the growing global demand for KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates. Today, more than 3,000 Kodak customers worldwide use KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates to produce a variety of printed products including commercial print, books, newspapers, and packaging.

As a leader in thermal plate technology, Kodak continues to advance its plate portfolio by investing in research and development to deliver the innovation that printers need as technology changes as. This tradition began in 1995 when Kodak invented the first thermal plates and continues today with innovative solutions for newspaper, packaging, flexographic, commercial and web offset printing. Two new plates that will soon be rolling off the Xiamen plant’s line are expected to set new levels of on-press performance for print service providers.

Taking Advantage of UV & Advanced Resin Technology (ART)
The KODAK SONORA UV Process Free Plate is a new plate designed to allow printers using UV, including the new low-energy UV presses, to achieve higher run lengths than with any other process-free plate available today. The KODAK SWORD MAX Thermal Plate will feature patented Advanced Resin Technology (ART), which delivers high-performance features for printers facing challenging press conditions and strict cost constraints.

Hundreds of of Xiamen plant employees and Kodak executives, including Offset Print and PSD Vice President Rich Rindo and plant General Manager Zhijun Zheng, gathered together for the 10th anniversary celebration. Twelve employees were bestowed with the Outstanding Employee Award at the event for their tremendous efforts to make Xiamen the world-class manufacturing facility.

“Xiamen is a critical part of Kodak’s advanced manufacturing capabilities and the team here is one of the best in the business,” Rindo said. “Because of their great work and dedication to excellence in manufacturing, our print customers here and across the region can be assured that Kodak will always be able to deliver on their demand for exceptional quality printing plates.”

Is Your CTP Device or Digital Press Vulnerable to Hacking?

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 Plates Now Used By 1,800 Customers Worldwide

Since the announcement of our 1,000th customer for KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates in July 2014, Kodak’s customer base has continued to grow dramatically. There are now more than 1,800 customers using SONORA Plates, and strong global growth is projected to continue.

The enthusiastic adoption of Kodak’s process-free plates stems from both their economic and environmentalKodakSonora_graphic_Energy benefits. SONORA Process Free Plates eliminate the processing step required by traditional thermal plates and provide significant energy, water, and waste reductions without requiring printers to make sacrifices on productivity or print capabilities.

In Asia, Kodak shipped SONORA Plates to more than 200 customers  during 2014, with that number expected to increase in 2015. To support this demand, we recently upgraded our Xiamen, China, plate plant to manufacture SONORA Plates.

Kodak and SPPC Expand Collaboration to Inspire Next Generation of Printing Industry Professionals

21_CeremonyThe Shanghai Publishing and Printing College (SPPC) was established in 1953 as the first center of education dedicated to the printing and publishing sector. Its influence on the industry’s development over the past 60 years has been significant. The schools training facilities, printing labs, and investment in first-rate printing technology has turned out over 50,000 graduates who enter the workforce with a strong technical foundation and excellent business management skills.

Kodak’s relationship with the SPPC began in 2010, when the school invested in a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System, making it the first installation in China. This investment continues the school’s longstanding commitment to equip students with the capabilities to excel in one of the world’s most dynamic printing markets. As China’s packaging sector continues to expand and brands demand more creative packaging solutions, the FLEXCEL System is exposing students to a range of new applications that will shift what’s possible well into the future. Besides that, Kodak’s leading inkjet printing solutions are also under consideration of SPPC’s new investment to teach their students.

At last month’s All in Print Tradeshow in Shanghai, Kodak deepened its collaboration with the SPCC with the signing of the “New Technology Innovations” partnership. (more…)

China’s Dynamic Printing Market

The impressive growth story of the All-in-Print China trade show, which kicks off at the Shanghai Expo Center on November 14th, reflects the health and vigor of China’s burgeoning printing sector. From the show’s debut in 2003, the number of exhibitors has grown from 480 to over 800 while the number of attendees has increased by 15% annually, to top out at over 100,000 in 2014. Today, China is the world’s second largest printing market, with output exceeding one trillion yuan (US $160M) and employing over 3.4 million people. All in PrintIt’s not only the size of the market that is interesting. The innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of China’s printing sector continues to get stronger every year.  Kodak is proud to be working with a range of leading printers that are spearheading entirely new printing models, like Print-on-Demand book publishing, variable data printing for newspapers and anti-counterfeiting measures in the pharmaceutical sector. The market is also taking strides to become more environmentally sustainable, a priority for China’s major printing associations. At the show, Kodak will honor Beijing Shengtong Printing Co. as the winner of the inaugural SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award for the Asia-Pacific region.

We will be showcasing this terrific work at our 200 square meter booth (#W1-B431) at the Expo center. But, we’re also taking a fresh approach to demonstrate Kodak’s latest technology innovations and winning applications for the commercial print, publishing and packaging sectors. A complimentary Kodak shuttle bus will transport participants to Kodak’s new Asia Pacific Technology Center to experience live demos of Kodak printing technology and see how it can be applied to grow their business, reduce operating costs and help them become more sustainable. It’s an exciting time to be in China, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to contribute to this dynamic market’s growth!

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 to Demonstrate Leading Print Solutions Portfolio at ExpoPrint Latin America 2014

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Kodak’s broad portfolio of innovative offset and digital solutions on display at Booth # E-18 and partner booths

Kodak will showcase its broad portfolio of innovative solutions for print, publishing and packaging specialists at ExpoPrint Latin America booth E-18 in Sao Paulo from July 16 – 22. ExpoPrint 2014, held every four years, is recognized as the largest and most prestigious event for graphics professionals in Latin America and is anticipated to draw more than 200,000 visitors from more than 15 countries.

“Latin America is a key growth market for Kodak and ExpoPrint 2014 is at the heart of innovation stemming from the region,” said Gustavo Oviedo, Managing Director, Latin America and Chief Customer Officer, Emerging Geography, Eastman Kodak Company. “We are excited and look forward to demonstrating new technologies and showcasing the strength of our overall portfolio for this important market at ExpoPrint.”

Kodak is one of 50 top worldwide suppliers who will demonstrate the latest printing solutions and technology trends at ExpoPrint 2014. Kodak will make several announcements and host live theatre presentations in Kodak’s K-Zone, spotlighting the following product portfolios: (more…)

Creative Print Advertising

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McDonalds print ad featuring a box of fries carved out of a potato

While the growth of digital media has certainly impacted print-advertising revenues, there is no question it’s still a very important medium for brands to connect with their customers.

At Kodak, we’ve been meeting with a lot of publishing customers to help them understand how new printing technologies are helping to transform print into a more dynamic and engaging platform for brands. We found this collection of creative print-advertising campaigns extremely inspiring and further proof that print is still very much a powerful medium.

 

 

Driving volume through our existing install bases helps both Kodak and Our customers – See How

high-volume_printingPrint volume increases for our existing base of products that was established prior to 2013 are critical to our overall corporate financial performance.  Although we often hear about product-based solutions being installed in customer sites, we need to celebrate the consumables, annuities and service that are generated by our existing install base.

  • Prosper print volume increased more than 30% in 2013 with more than 80% of our Prosper customers experiencing that growth
  • Flexcel NX plate volume increased in double digits in 2013
  • Nexpress print volumes increased from presses delivering the best financial performance year ever

So “Thank You !” to all of the Sales, Marketing, Business Development,  Service & Support, Customer Service, and other employees who spend a great deal of your time thinking about how to increase “Same Device Print Growth” with our current customers – this drives the Lifetime Value of our customers which is so critical to our overall success.  (more…)