Kodak’s Innovation and Leadership in Print Underscored with Two 2015 InterTech™ Technology Awards

FLEXCEL ONE Blog_InterTech LogoPrinting Industries of America has announced the 2015 InterTech Technology Award recipients. Kodak is honored to accept two out of the ten awards in 2015 for the KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses and NX advantage for KODAK FLEXCEL NX System. This years’ two awards represent Kodak’s 39th and 40th overall InterTech Technology Awards since the competition’s inception in 1978. http://ow.ly/Qemsp

Kodak’s Sonora Process Free Plates debut in Japan

Kodak's Rich Rindo, General Manager, WW Marketing & Technical Applications and Vice President Print Systems Division, was in Tokyo to launch Sonora XJ,  ushering in a new era of sustainability for the markets printing sector.

Kodak’s Rich Rindo, General Manager, WW Marketing & Technical Applications and Vice President Print Systems Division, was in Tokyo to launch Sonora XJ, ushering in a new era of sustainability for the markets printing sector.

Japan is the latest market where printers will have the ability to greatly improve their sustainability with the introduction of Kodak’s Sonora XJ Process Free Plates. Designed at Kodak’s Gunma R&D Center in Japan to meet the specific needs of the Japanese market, Sonora XJ is is the only process free plate option in Japan available for packaging printers using UV. With the capability to handle run lengths of 20,000 impressions for UV applications, the technology is well equipped to handle the range of sophisticated applications the market expects.

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…)

Could you use an extra $99K for your Business?

Kodak’s Brad Kruchten notes that by using Sonora Plates, printers save 100% of the chemistry, water, energy and waste from plate making.

Hong Kong ‘s printing sector is one of the most highly developed in Asia. From its early roots as a cluster of family run printers, it has transformed itself to become one of the world’s largest printing centers. It’s a major reason many major international publishers of newspapers, magazines and books locate their regional offices here.

As the sector continues to innovate by investing in new printing technology, Kodak was honored to have an opportunity to sponsor and speak at the Hong Kong Graphic Arts Association’s most recent printing seminar. Brad Kruchten, President of Kodak’s Print Systems Division, addressed how new technology, like Sonora, is helping printers around the world improve efficiency and productivity in their operations, while yielding significant gains in their desire to be more sustainable.

Here’s a few interesting proof points Brad shared that make a compelling case for printers considering making the switch to process free plate making. First, by using SONORA, printers save 100% of the chemistry, water, energy and waste from plate making. In fact, Kodak estimates that SONORA plates could save the industry 6.2 million liters of plate developer in three years. What does all this mean to your bottom line? Well, we estimate that the average printer’s savings using SONORA Plates is about $8,255/month or $99K annually. What would you do with an extra $99K to reinvest in your business? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Four Sustainability Lessons for Printers from the Sonoran Desert

Kodak’s Pam Patterson, Worldwide Product Marketing Manager for Plates & Sustainability recently posted a great piece after attending the GreenBiz Forum in Phoenix, Arizona. She discusses the state of sustainability in business today and the opportunities it brings for the printing sector.  Below is an excerpt from her post on the One Blog and a link to the full piece hereSonoran_Desert_620X0

Last week I spent three enlightening days at the GreenBiz Forum in Phoenix, Arizona. One of my roles here at Kodak is to show printers how they can reduce their environmental impact by using process free plates in their offset printing operations, and I went to the GreenBiz Forum to learn about the state of sustainability in business today and bring back some lessons for Kodak and the printing industry.

It was fitting that the event took place in Phoenix, the largest city in the Sonoran Desert !

The forum was incredibly informative, full of case studies from companies that are creating new best practices around sustainability and workshops that tackled the big challenges like water scarcity, supply chains, and employee engagement.

Here are four of the takeaways that I found most interesting and applicable to the printing industry.

 

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.

Kodak and SPPC Expand Collaboration to Inspire Next Generation of Printing Industry Professionals

21_CeremonyThe Shanghai Publishing and Printing College (SPPC) was established in 1953 as the first center of education dedicated to the printing and publishing sector. Its influence on the industry’s development over the past 60 years has been significant. The schools training facilities, printing labs, and investment in first-rate printing technology has turned out over 50,000 graduates who enter the workforce with a strong technical foundation and excellent business management skills.

Kodak’s relationship with the SPPC began in 2010, when the school invested in a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System, making it the first installation in China. This investment continues the school’s longstanding commitment to equip students with the capabilities to excel in one of the world’s most dynamic printing markets. As China’s packaging sector continues to expand and brands demand more creative packaging solutions, the FLEXCEL System is exposing students to a range of new applications that will shift what’s possible well into the future. Besides that, Kodak’s leading inkjet printing solutions are also under consideration of SPPC’s new investment to teach their students.

At last month’s All in Print Tradeshow in Shanghai, Kodak deepened its collaboration with the SPCC with the signing of the “New Technology Innovations” partnership. (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…)

Kodak Names First SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award Winner for Asia-Pacific Region

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Beijing Shengtong Printing Co. recognized for commitment to environmentally conscious printing

Kodak named China-based Beijing Shengtong Printing Co. winner of the inaugural SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award for the Asia-Pacific region. The award recognizes companies that are committed to minimizing the impact of commercial printing on the environment. The award was presented on Friday, November 14, to Shengtong Printing at the All in Print China trade show in Shanghai.

Founded in 2000, Beijing Shengtong Printing serves customers in the book, journal, and pharmaceutical packaging markets in China and Europe. Through Beijing Shengtong Printing’s adoption of KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates, the company has seen immediate improvements with consistent color reproduction, less environmental impact, as well as time and money savings. The company impressed judges with its end-to-end sustainable approach that includes green initiatives throughout its material procurement and production systems, along with its notable list of certifications, including the Environmental Management System Certification (ISO14001) from the International Organization for Standardization and the China Environmental Labeling Product Certification.

“We are thrilled to select Beijing Shengtong Printing as our first Asia-Pacific SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award winner,” said Evandro Matteucci, General Manager, Graphics Business and Vice-President of Marketing, Asia Pacific Region (APR) . “Throughout our time working together, they have demonstrated an enthusiasm for innovating toward greener practices. We look forward to continuing our work with the company to further its environmental goals.” (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!