Increasing number of South East Asia Newspapers Adopt Sonora Process Free Plates

In conjunction with the 5th Annual ASEAN Newspaper Printers Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, a number of the region's leading news publisher's who are using Kodak's Sonora Process Free Plate technology came together at an Open House hosted by Thailand's Matichon Weekly.

In conjunction with the 5th Annual ASEAN Newspaper Printers Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, a number of the region’s leading news publisher’s who are using Kodak’s Sonora Process Free Plate technology came together at an Open House hosted by Thailand’s Matichon Weekly. Publisher’s who are saving on costs associated with water, chemicals and electricity, while improving the productivity and quality of their operations include The New Straits Times, Berita Harian, Harian Metro, Malay Mail, Sin Chew Daily, The Brunei Times.

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…)

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…)

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!

Do You Worry about Rising Energy Costs?

In business there are small ways to save on electricity and there are big ways. Saving electricity is important not only for reducing costs but for becoming more sustainable. We developed the infographic below to highlight the energy that printers use to make plates. You may not think about how much energy your plate making equipment uses, but it’s worth noting that ovens to bake plates use a lot of energy, and a large plate processor will use more energy than a small plate processor.

Sonora_Energy_InfographicKodak is committed to developing solutions to help printers reduce their energy costs. For instance, KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates go straight from the imager to the press, skipping the processing step entirely, which means no processing equipment and therefore no energy needed to run that equipment. That can make a big difference!

We estimate that in the next year alone, the commercial print industry could save up to 100 million kWh of energy because of SONORA Plates.

The number of printers that have switched to SONORA Plates is astounding. To keep up with the demand, we recently announced that we’re adding a new line dedicated to SONORA Plate production for the Americas in our Columbus, Georgia, plant, and we’ve added capacity in Osterode, Germany for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and in Xiamen, China, for the Asia-Pacific region.

Kodak has solutions that can reduce energy usage while imaging plates as well. Do you have an older CTP device? It might be time for an upgrade. Some newer KODAK Platesetter models have power save features such as automatic shutoff during idle times or remote on/off functionality, and the KODAK ACHIEVE Platesetter, our latest platesetter offering, uses only 0.7 kWh when imaging and 0.48 kWh in standby mode. That’s about as much as a vacuum cleaner and a television set, respectively.

Just as it’s important to move to the latest energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs at home to save energy, businesses need to look at the latest solutions that can reduce energy usage. Making a change could make a big difference in that monthly utility bill.

For a look at how SONORA Plates can also reduce your water costs, see this previous blog post and infographic.

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.

 

 

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!

Print Newspaper industry adopts to challenges by innovating with hybrid printing applicatons

As circulation and print advertising revenues continue to decline, the question from printers today is how to create a newspaper model that is attractive to both readers and advertisers, whilst providing a healthy margin for publishers. To address this challenge, Kodak hosted 140 professionals from the Newspaper, Advertising, Distribution, and Printing industry from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and South Korea at a 3 day seminar.

Axel Springer integrates Kodak Prosper across all its German printing sites

Axel Springer integrates Kodak Prosper across all its German printing sites

A major focus of the seminar dived into how some of the world’s leading publishers are giving their web presses a new lease on life by integrating hybrid inkjet systems, like Kodak’s PROSPER S SERIES high-speed digital inkjet heads.

These hybrid systems are helping publishers offer their advertisers dynamic new ways to target their customers with variable data and targeted marketing campaigns that deliver a higher ROMI.

See how some of our customers, including Germany’s Axel Springer and China’s Shenzhen Press Group are  transforming their businesses with hybrid inkjet in these great case studies.