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…)

Kodak and Carrefour Extend Relationship

Kodak  has extended its relationship with Carrefour, the world’s second largest retailer, to offer retail and online printing services to customers.  The renewal of the multi-year agreementt enables the two market leaders to provide consumers with a complete photo shopping experience, and designates Kodak as Carrefour’s exclusive partner within the photo category for all retail and online printing solutions.

Carrefour

Laura Quatela, President of Kodak and Personalized Imaging commented:  “This latest announcement follows our extension with CVS/pharmacy, which we announced last November, and demonstrates the strong worldwide demand for our solutions.We thank  Carrefour for their partnership and look forward to continuing to work with them to grow their photo services business.”

The Carrefour Group has more than 9,500 stores in 30 countries across Europe, Asia and Latin America. In turn, Kodak continues to build on its market-leading installed base of 105,000 KODAK Picture Kiosks worldwide, strengthening its number one global position in both photo kiosks and dry labs

In their own words…..

Frank Romano from WhatTheyThink?  recently visited Kodak’s demo center in Rochester, New York where he had an opportunity to see, touch and experience the real power and dynamic range of applications that KODAK NEXPRESS can deliver.  The team at WhatTheyThink? were gracious enough to make the video from Frank’s visit free and available on their site, so take a look and see for yourself the possibilities for your business:

Frank Romano

CVS/pharmacy extends relationship with Kodak through 2016

CVSIn a major endorsement of Kodak’s leading retail print solutions, CVS/pharmacy, which operates 7,400 stores across the U.S. will continue its long-term relationship with Kodak through 2016. Currently CVS/pharmacy operates over 15,000 KODAK Picture Kiosks across its stores,  providing consumers a variety of quality, personalized photo products they can create instantly and easily.

As part of this agreement, CVS/pharmacy will be upgrading and expanding its fleet of KODAK Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) dry lab systems, which provide a more economical way for retailers to produce photo products, improve profitability, reduce their environmental footprint, and expand their customer offerings. Following the positive customer response to the print from FACEBOOK feature, CVS/pharmacy recently launched mobile printing from smartphones to the KODAK Kiosk.

Kodak APEX System

Kodak connects with customers at Label Expo India

Label expo India 2012 is the largest event for the label, web printing and converting industry in South Asia.

Kodak showcased its strength in packaging solutions at the show with a focus on Prepress and Digital Flexo NX plates for flexographic printing, along with its offset and proofing solution.

One of the key solutions that were highlighted at the show was the Kodak Flexcel NX System.  Read more about our presence at Label Expo in:

 

Kodak brings change to India’s wedding industry

We recently featured the launch of Kodak’s new wedding album service for the India market on this blog  .  To read more about this innovative new approach for India’s newlyweds, the Mumbai Mirror recently featured a story on this great service. 

Prabhala Raghuvir, Vice President – Marketing, Kodak India had this to say about the new service:

“In order to address the changing needs of the new, younger consumers, who demand style, personalization and choice, we have introduced ‘Kodak Collections’ in the wedding space. As we go ahead, we will add more solutions and offerings within this space.

 

Kodak leads the transformation of flexo printing

Label Expo Americas was, once again, a very successful show for Kodak. We have established ourselves in the Label and Packaging space as an innovative supplier with unique technology designed to address the core challenges that our customers face in business every day.

This is nowhere more evident than in the flexo industry, where the Flexcel NX System has gained a reputation for being leading-edge technology that is driving new capabilities for flexo printing. While the high quality print capabilities of Flexcel NX Plates are well known, the real secret to the system’s success lies in its ability to drive dramatic efficiencies in the pressroom. Printers make significant investments in press equipment, and operating profits can be ‘won or lost’ by factors like press uptime, job changeover rates and waste levels.

Read more about Kodak at Label Expo here.

Highlight’s from Kodak’s presence at 2012 photkina

If you didn’t have the time to make it to photokina last week, don’t worry! The Kodak team was there in force helping to celebrate professional photographers who rely on Kodak products to capture and share their creative visions.

Here’s a summary of some of the events and activities that you might find interesting:

Take a tour of the booth at:

  • One of the customers in the spotlight was JUCO, a creative team that has done fashion photography for a number of magazines, as well as work for clients like Target and Nike. Click here for a blog interview with Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud, the duo that formed JUCO after meeting at the San Francisco Art Institute.