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…)

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…)

KODAK JAPAN TEAM GO FOR GOLD!

First Nexpress Gold Installation: Sankyo Printing Co., Ltd. Gold Solution

CUSTOMER PROFILE
Sankyo primary business focuses on high-volume printing using four Web presses. They also were a non Kodak Customer with an equipment portfolio: Screen’s workflow and Output Device, Fuji Film GS’s plate and Xerox’s POD.
BUSINESS DEMAND
With no in house solutions, Sankyo outsourced short-run printing increasing costs and quality control. Top management recognized increasing needs for short-run on demand printing and were looking for a new press to meet the market demand and to bring the work in house. Kodak Japan proposed NexPress Gold solution to reduce their costs, differentiate from competition with GOLD feature, print in house and capitalize on growing market demand.

Mr. Sugiyama, President of Sankyo, said they will proactively expand their business promoting NexPress GOLD Solution.

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…)

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

Photo applications: New potential sales

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In order to operate successfully in the modern printing industry which is influenced massively by digital developments, print shops have to develop their business model continuously and need to introduce innovative products – especially products which allow them to gain access to markets with strong growth and acceptable profit expectations.

The results of an InfoTrends survey – according to which the polled print shops achieved 40 to 50 percent higher profit margins on new products they offer – shows just how strong the correlation between new products and business growth actually is. Job print shops with electrophotographic digital printing equipment have the opportunity to enter one of the fastest growing markets: The market for special photographic printing products.

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