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.”

PrintWeek: An interview with Kodak CEO Antonio Perez

Kodak’s CEO Antonio Perez had the opportunity to sit down last week with PrintWeek Magazine to talk in-depth about the challenges and great opportunities that lie ahead for Kodak.

You can read the full article online at PrintWeek, but here’s a key statement from our CEO that stands out, in reference to a question about the road out of Chapter 11:

“I can’t even tell you the amount of calls I got from CEOs asking what was going on because the press has presented this (Chapter 11) like it was the demise of Kodak, which was wrong to do.

The best arguments I can give you that it has not effected the brand are two-fold. One is suppliers. Suppliers normally shy away from companies that are in Chapter 11 and they don’t want to serve them or they ask the companies to pay them upfront. But that didn’t happen to us. We are paying basically very close to the same terms as before we filed.

The second is customers – we saw at the beginning that for big deals, customers requested to talk to me, which sometime they used to [before Chapter 11] but most of the time they didn’t. So for the first few months they wanted to talk to me and make sure we were going to be around. But after we showed at Drupa these 10 incredible introductions – as well as the 40 other booths with our technology – that kind of disappeared. People could see that it was business as usual and we haven’t seen any issues since.”

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.

Kodak’s Chris Payne Speaks with PrintWeek about Kodak’s Commercial Focus

Following the recent announcement Kodak made about sale of our Personal and Document Imaging Business, Chris Payne, Kodak’s vice President of commercial marketing spent time with PrintWeek Magazine to provide additional context around the company’s focus on commercial printing.  You can link to the full interview with Chris by going to PrintWeek.

Here’s an excellent quote from Chris that clearly shows why Kodak will continue to be a leader in the commercial sector:

 “The market is changing and we believe there is a very good long-term opportunity not only for where we are today but for as we move our business forward.  We had a very good drupa—the response from customers to our technologies, our products and solutions was better than we thought. It’s very clear that we have a lot of things that we can offer to our customers that drive value to their business.”

Kodak Takes Next Steps Toward Successful Emergence

Kodak outlined its next steps toward a successful emergence from Chapter 11 reorganization as a company focused on commercial, packaging and functional printing solutions and enterprise services. Accordingly, the company has decided to initiate sales processes for its market-leading Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses.

Kodak believes that the sale of these assets, as well as continued cost-cutting initiatives, curtailment of its legacy liabilities, and the monetization of the company’s digital imaging patent portfolio, will be significant milestones toward completing the company’s reorganization and emergence from Chapter 11 during 2013.

You can read the full press release in multiple languages here: English Chinese and Japanese.

 

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

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.”

read more:http://www.printweek.in/News/300292,repro-becomes-first-print-firm-in-india-to-invest-in-a-prosper.aspx

 

Publishing Giant Jiangxi Xinhua Printing Co. LTD acquires the first Kodak Prosper 5000 XL Press in China.

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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.”

Toppan Forms of Japan signs on for 4th Kodak Prosper 5000XL

Toppan Forms is our latest customer  to add another Kodak PROSPER 5000 XL Press as it seeks to support its continued growth in its information centered business. We’re especially pleased share this news as Toppan Forms is a long-time customer of Kodak Japan and they have exemplified the spirit of innovation that is taking shape across the printing industry.

Toppan Forms utilizes the PROSPER 5000XL Press as part of its personalized solution for the Japanese education publishing market. The system allows print buyers to use a fully digital workflow to cost effectively and efficiently move orders from client to completion. In addition, the PROSPER 5000XL Press plays a central role as Toppan Forms continuously offers new capabilities and services in high-speed variable-data printing.