Going Direct in Australia

Kodak’s Steve Venn speaks with Print21 to discuss our decision to move to a direct sales model for plates in Australia. You can read the entire article online at Print21. As Steve comments below, it’s all about the customer:  

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 14.24.46“It makes Kodak more competitive, at a time when customers are under extreme price pressures in some cases. But it’s not just a question of plate price, we’re looking forward to talking with customers about total solutions, from plates, workflow, colour solutions right through to working with customers considering a transition to digital.”

Kodak Publishing Open House in Malaysia

We just wrapped up an incredible event in Malaysia last week focused on helping our publishing customers stay competitive in this dynamic market. The range of challenges, from the expansion of digital media to a host of new competitors, is daunting. Over the course of two days, over 120 participants, including Kodak publishing experts, customers and partners engaged in a robust dialogue on how to stay competitive, expand their printing capabilities and generate new revenue.

The event was a great example of how we are working with our customers to demonstrate through real world applications what’s possible. Most importantly, we had the opportunity to hear from some of our successful customers, like Ultimate Print of Malaysia, who are leading the way in creating new and creative business models in the publishing sector.  Changing the way your business operates is no doubt a complex process. We hope through forums like these we can help you ease into this important transition, not only by experiencing what Kodak has to offer, but by creating opportunities to share and exchange ideas with the larger printing ecosystem.

Thanks again to everyone that contributed to this wonderful event!

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.”

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

 

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:

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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.

Kodak brings change to India’s wedding industry

We recently featured the launch of Kodak’s new wedding album service for the India market on this blog  .  To read more about this innovative new approach for India’s newlyweds, the Mumbai Mirror recently featured a story on this great service. 

Prabhala Raghuvir, Vice President – Marketing, Kodak India had this to say about the new service:

“In order to address the changing needs of the new, younger consumers, who demand style, personalization and choice, we have introduced ‘Kodak Collections’ in the wedding space. As we go ahead, we will add more solutions and offerings within this space.

 

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.

Highlight’s from Kodak’s presence at 2012 photkina

If you didn’t have the time to make it to photokina last week, don’t worry! The Kodak team was there in force helping to celebrate professional photographers who rely on Kodak products to capture and share their creative visions.

Here’s a summary of some of the events and activities that you might find interesting:

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  • One of the customers in the spotlight was JUCO, a creative team that has done fashion photography for a number of magazines, as well as work for clients like Target and Nike. Click here for a blog interview with Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud, the duo that formed JUCO after meeting at the San Francisco Art Institute.