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…)

Kodak India displays solutions at Pamex 2013

PAMEX is one of the biggest International tradeshow in India that was organized by leading printing associations, All India Federation of Master Printers Association (AIFMP) along with TAFCON as an Associate Organizer. The show was attended by the largest printers and print buyers, publishers, converters and end users from design houses, media production, corporate etc. with a footfall of 18000+ visitors.Kodak India Team at PAMEX 13

Kodak took this opportunity to be a part of this show to showcase its complete strength of printing solutions that included Commercial, Digital, packaging and publishing printing solutions as well as its integrated workflow solutions.

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An exciting future in store for package printing

 

Kodak's Doug Edwards and Bing Wang address delegates at the  Flexo Association of China's Annual conference

Kodak’s Doug Edwards and Bing Wang address delegates at the Flexo Association of China’s Annual conference

Kodak’s Doug Edwards was recently in China for the Flexo Association’s Annual Meeting to talk about the future of flexography in package printing.  He noted that over the past five years, the packaging market has grown from $237B to $307B with emerging markets like China powering this expansion. Today, Flexo printing comprises 39% of the packaging printing market and is growing at a rate of 2-4% per year. Doug attributes Flexo’s increasing share of the market to some of the big improvements in technology, including Kodak’s Squarespot technology, which delivers improved tonal reproduction and excellent print stability across a range of packaging substrates.  Looking into the future of packaging, Doug discussed the opportunity to create a range of innovative new packaging applications, including, smart packaging embedded with sensors and printing solutions that are enabling greater brand protection.  Imagine food packaging that could tell consumers if a bag of food had been out of the refrigerator too long.   To learn more about Kodak’s solutions for smart packaging and brand protection, visit www.kodak.com/go/brandprotection

India’s Rachna opens up new growth opportunities

Rachna Prints, a Bhivandi-based start-up focused on pre-press, recognised an opportunity to help its customers in the very large format print market improve their productivity, while producing higher quality printing for their clients.  The company has chosen to migrate away from its conventional plate exposing process and has invested in a Kodak Trendsetter 1600, a very large format (VLF) CTP platesetter.

In an interview with PrintWeek India, Ashish Vazirani, managing director at Rachna Prints, explained why they decided to make the switchPrintWeek India Logo “We were using the conventional plate exposing technology for which film is required. Procuring a film positive of 40x56inch is expensive and a difficult task for our customer and us. Moreover, the quality achieved by using the conventional method is not very high. The important factor is time. The Kodak VLF platesetter will help in reducing the time and saving money. It will provide higher quality printing with faster turnaround and more control on the press.”

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.

Kodak customers rack up 23 Awards at FTA Flexography Awards.

A big congratulations to all of our customers from from North America, Europe, Japan and Australia who took home a  total of 23 awards in six categories for  eye-catching jobs produced with KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates at 2013 Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Excellence in Flexography Awards.    Kodak customers also claimed three of the seven coveted overall “Best of Show” honors for their outstanding projects. Flexel

One of the trends noted by judges is that today’s technology is helping flexographic printing achieve photorealistic quality. Many of them indicated that flexography is continuing to rival and even surpass offset, gravure, and digital print processes.  Photos and information about all the winners can be found in the May issue of FLEXO magazine at www.flexography.org

 

Sydney’s Cojo ramps up its digital business

It’s great to see that our customers are getting  a little media spotlight for the great work they do on behalf of their clients.  Cojo, which is one of Australia’s top mailing and fulfillment service houses is currently operating two KODAK NEXPRESS machines. They were recently profiled in ProPrint magazine, where they talked about some of the major new jobs they’ve handled over the past few months. The full article is online hereProPrint_Australia

The quote below from Cojo’s Rod Jone’s is really what it’s all about:

The first one won us business. The second one has enabled us to continue adding clients to that digital offering. In order to keep up with demand, we needed a second engine, he said. There’s a general increase in demand for digital print. Because we’re a mailhouse and it’s all variable stuff, there’s increasing sophistication in the DM stuff that goes out, and that can’t be achieved with the offset-and-laser-overprint combination.

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.

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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