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.

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.

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…)

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.

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.

 

Prosper6000 Ribbon Cutting at the Customer VIP Open House

Close to 90 people attended the Prosper 6000 Customer VIP event in Minneapolis Minnesota and they were treated to an exciting program and unveiling of the new press from Kodak.  Customers and prospective customers from around the world arrived on Tuesday June 17th and connected with their sales teams. The sales team members had just spent the previous day in a deep dive Prosper6000 training event.  23 companies participated with 30% from EAMER, 22% from APR and 48% from the USC region.  The following day involved a formal program and then a trip to our beta customer Japs-Olson.  The team at Japs-Olson were gracious hosts and provided their thoughts and perspective on the press, the workflow/pre-press decisions that are considered in their business as well as overviewed their thoughts about the operational costs and issues that they have needed to work through.   

ribbonThe ribbon cutting ceremony included Michael Murphy, Robert Murphy, Mike Beddor, Doug Edwards, Terry Taber, John O’Grady, and Eric Owen.

The feedback from the event has been tremendous – one customer shared the following via an email when he returned home.  “The 6000 press and the inline inkjet heads I saw at Japs-Olson were very impressive and have certainly provided us with a lot to contemplate and to work through and we look forward to doing that with your local teams over the coming months.”

The ribbon cutting is the culmination of many years of hard work by our R&D, technical commercialization teams, service and many-many others.  Thanks to everyone who enabled us to get to this day!

KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses Unleash the Next-Generation of Printing to Meet Diverse Customer Needs

Prosper 6000 largeROCHESTER, N.Y., JUN. 10 — Today Kodak continues to exceed industry standards in digital
color print with the introduction of the KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses. With new innovations in
transport, drying, and writing systems, combined with advanced press management technology, the PROSPER 6000 Presses are a completely new product offering that deliver high levels of reliability, print speed and application flexibility. These enhancements will empower customers in the book, commercial print and newspaper businesses as well as print service providers of data-driven print applications such as direct mail and transaction with tools for success.

The PROSPER 6000 Presses are powered by an advanced Intelligent Print System (IPS) that
continuously monitors, evaluates and adjusts operations to ensure exceptional quality output.
With the improved IPS, the PROSPER 6000 Presses can monitor and instantly correct color
registration, delivering enhanced registration performance. The 6000 Press’s writing system
runs on Kodak’s newly formulated nanotechnology inks, offering a greater color gamut and
delivering print quality that rivals offset output on a wide range of uncoated, coated, and glossy
papers.

Two PROSPER 6000 Models for Business Agility
The PROSPER 6000 Presses will be made available in two models:

  • KODAK PROSPER 6000C Press, ideal for commercial print applications requiring high-ink

laydowns. (more…)

Kodak Publishing Open House in Malaysia

We just wrapped up an incredible event in Malaysia last week focused on helping our publishing customers stay competitive in this dynamic market. The range of challenges, from the expansion of digital media to a host of new competitors, is daunting. Over the course of two days, over 120 participants, including Kodak publishing experts, customers and partners engaged in a robust dialogue on how to stay competitive, expand their printing capabilities and generate new revenue.

The event was a great example of how we are working with our customers to demonstrate through real world applications what’s possible. Most importantly, we had the opportunity to hear from some of our successful customers, like Ultimate Print of Malaysia, who are leading the way in creating new and creative business models in the publishing sector.  Changing the way your business operates is no doubt a complex process. We hope through forums like these we can help you ease into this important transition, not only by experiencing what Kodak has to offer, but by creating opportunities to share and exchange ideas with the larger printing ecosystem.

Thanks again to everyone that contributed to this wonderful event!

All that is Gold…..

Print21Historically, gold leaf or gold foil was a prohibitively expensive way of achieving gold effects in printing. But soon gold will be available to everyone, thanks to KODAK NEXPRESS Gold Dry Ink, a unique option for the NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions that adds a gold metallic, sparkle effect for applications such as direct mail, magazine and catalog covers, certificates, photos, tickets, and other special projects.

To showcase Gold Dry Ink, Kodak collaborated with five different magazines around the world to create special covers that feature the attention-getting gold effects, including Australia’s Print 21 magazine.

Patrick Howard, Print21’s publisher commented:

“Our cover image was specially selected to highlight the creative possibilities of the gold ink. The pigments in the Gold Dry Ink produce a sparkle effect that is similar to that achieved with offset metallic inks. The Gold solution follows the pattern already set by Kodak with its dimensional printing effect, utilizing the Fifth Imaging Unit of the press to add decorative or tactile layers to the CMYK inks.”

Repro India starts production on Kodak Prosper at its Navi Mumbai facility

Congratulations to our good friends at Repro India as they start up production their new Kodak PROSPER 1000 Press.  As reported in PrintWeek India, Repro is the first business in India to install a Kodak PROSPER PRESS.

According to Repro,  the new PROSPER 1000 PRESS is part of its strategy to become a one-stop solution for publishers. Rajeev Vohra, director at Repro India, commented:

Repro India

 

The Kodak Prosper 1000 press has a fully integrated solution package, which includes content management at the back-end, digital store front catering to the print and fulfilment requirements , and binding , finishing and packaging lines. This makes us the first firm in India to be able to provide a complete solution for the publishers.

Case Study: 1-800-Postcards growing its business by embracing digital

With more than 35 years of experience in the printing industry, 1-800-Postcards understands the importance of delivering consistent, high-quality printed materials to its customers. The full-service company first built its reputation as an offset printer and then expanded into digital printing 10 years ago with the installation of two KODAK NEXPRESS 3000 Presses. 1-800-Postcards has recently enhanced its digital printing capabilities even further by investing in a KODAK NEXPRESS SX3300 Press.

1-800The company recently changed floors in its SoHo location to accommodate the influx of new business. As part of the project, 1-800-Postcards upgraded its presses, revamped its internal ordering processes and spent over one million dollars in designing a storefront with a unique agency-like aesthetic. 1-800-Postcards takes pride in being the only provider in Manhattan that utilizes the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Color Platform and attributes its recent growth to its comprehensive digital printing capabilities. (more…)