Press On with Tad Carpenter – Episode 2

Tad Carpenter – a well-known American designer, illustrator, author and teacher is the host of our new video blog series called #PressOn. Here we will be showcasing printers from around the globe that are making the world a better place through print.

In this second episode, Tad visits Shweiki Media in San Antonio, USA to see how they use Kodak products to deliver a Hassle Free experience to all of their customers – without sacrificing quality.

Stay tuned for our next episode and remember to continue Making the World a Better Place Through Print.

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…)

Kodak Celebrates Manufacturing Milestone with the Installation of 20,000th KODAK SQUARESPOT Thermal Imaging Head

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Kodak has reached the installation of its 20,000th award‐winning KODAK SQUARESPOT Thermal Imaging Head, the industry’s gold standard in imaging technology. As the developers of thermal computer‐to‐plate (CTP) technology, Kodak makes the only CTP Systems that utilize KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology, giving customers the competitive advantage needed to reach a higher level of stability, accuracy and reliability within their operation.

SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology has been a successful and long‐lasting part of Kodak’s portfolio, and the print industry, for almost 20 years. The technology was first introduced as the viable alternative to visible‐light CTP systems and today remains the first choice for printers looking for superior imaging technology capable of premium offset print quality. KODAK TRENDSETTER, KODAK MAGNUS and KODAK GENERATION NEWS Platesetters with SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology help to reduce chemistry usage, plate waste, remakes and make‐ready times supporting customers’ sustainability goals. (more…)

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…)

Workflow Automation: Investment Delivers Top Value

Two-thirds of print service providers consider workflow automation a top investment priority PrinergyConnectBoxshotsimply because it enables them to better service customers and increases customer satisfaction. Today, customers typically want more speed and less cost, whether it’s 100 business cards or a half-dozen editions of 1,000 books each in different page dimensions—by tomorrow—from facilities on three continents.

For smaller providers, the growth of short-run jobs that comes about from increased demands for segmentation, direct mail personalization, and localized packaging presents challenges in achieving economies of scale. Automation makes short runs more practical, easier to manage, and efficient to produce through ganging. It also enables multi-facility operations, including international firms, to coordinate operations in complex projects. Linking multiple capabilities through hub-and-spoke structures—even in multiple locations and in mixes of web, sheet-fed, and digital lines—automation delivers consistency and efficiency.

Automation helps contain costs by reducing manual operations and introducing process improvements across the enterprise, increasing profit and enabling growth. Each operator touch adds cost, especially in template-driven jobs where Rules Based Automation (RBA) is designed to leverage savings. Reducing the number of touches enables providers to handle short-run jobs efficiently and frees staff for other beneficial functions such as cross-training, improving finishing and back-office efficiencies, prospect research and sales. (more…)

Kodak India Kick-off Meeting, 2014

The Kodak India Kick-off Meeting, 2014 saw the Kodak Family from the India Cluster come together at the picturesque Waterstones Hotel in Mumbai from February 12 to 14, 2014. The focus of the three-day event was aligned to train customer-facing teams about Kodak’s product portfolio across varied segments that Kodak caters to – Commercial and Transactional, Newspaper, Publishing & Packaging – their value propositions and winning applications coupled with workflow solutions; to communicate with channel partners the way forward for 2014 and understand their needs in order to provide them distinctive value that transcends into profitable growth for the customer; to reinforce the robust yet agile NEW Kodak as a leading technology company focused on Commercial Imaging; and to convey the message of working as an energetic, cohesive unit – a TEAM – for achieving best results.

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Driving volume through our existing install bases helps both Kodak and Our customers – See How

high-volume_printingPrint volume increases for our existing base of products that was established prior to 2013 are critical to our overall corporate financial performance.  Although we often hear about product-based solutions being installed in customer sites, we need to celebrate the consumables, annuities and service that are generated by our existing install base.

  • Prosper print volume increased more than 30% in 2013 with more than 80% of our Prosper customers experiencing that growth
  • Flexcel NX plate volume increased in double digits in 2013
  • Nexpress print volumes increased from presses delivering the best financial performance year ever

So “Thank You !” to all of the Sales, Marketing, Business Development,  Service & Support, Customer Service, and other employees who spend a great deal of your time thinking about how to increase “Same Device Print Growth” with our current customers – this drives the Lifetime Value of our customers which is so critical to our overall success.  (more…)