Kodak plans to open technology training center in China

Kodak CEO Antonio Perez visited China this week to meet with customers, talk with business leaders at an AMCHAM China event and to announce plans to open The Kodak Regional Technology Centre in Shanghai. In an interview with Bloomberg, Antonio notes that demand for digital printing is increasing as companies in China are looking to transition into more dynamic business models.

As the second largest printing market in the world, Kodak is working with the industry to integrate new technologies that are transforming the publishing and packaging printing markets. The Centre, which is expected to open in the first-half of 2014, will showcase the latest developments in commercial printing technology, provide training  to customers and partners, and demonstrate innovative new business applications.  Our aim is to make this new Technology Centre a tremendous resource for our customers to learn about winning new applications and develop strategies to grow their businesses in China and across the Asia-Pacific region.

What’s Next Start’s Now

We are very pleased to share some great news.  Kodak announced globally on September 3rd its Emergence from Chapter 11 Restructuring.  The new Kodak, is a B2B organization focused on Commercial Imaging addressing the Packaging, Commercial Print, Newspaper & Publishing, Functional Printing and Enterprise Services Segments.  See global press release here.

The new Kodak emerges as a leaner, more profitable and focused organization, right sized for the market place and to serve our customers in Asia.   During our transformation we never stopped investing in technology and innovation. Now with our combined portfolio of 7500 active patents in the Commercial Imaging Space, we have even more strength to continue to deliver superior technologies, solutions and services across our pre press and digital portfolios with one simple purpose: to create new business models that help our customers grow their businesses profitably.   

We are truly excited about building our future success together with our customers. What’s Next Start’s Now!      

       

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.

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

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.”