Kodak demonstrates leadership through innovation at drupa 2016 with outstanding results
By Canadian Packaging staffGeneral Printing Carbon 3D Caxton & CTP Publishers and Printers Limited Drukkerij de Bij drupa 2016 KARTON-PAK S.A. Kodak KODAK FLEXCEL NX KODAK MAGNUS VLF Q2400 Platesetter KODAK NEXPRESS ZX Digital Production Color Press KODAK PRINERGY Workflow KODAK PROSPER 1000 press KODAK PROSPER 6000C press KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology Komori Komori KP-Connect Konica Minolta Landa Digital Printing Leaderform Lettershop manroland web systems Matti Technology Max Platform Meiller GmbH Nanographic Printing press NEXPRESS Color Platform NEXPRESS Opaque White Dry Ink Pareto-Print Ricoh SONORA XP plate Toppan Forms
Company generates significant industry buzz at largest print show on earth.
ROCHESTER, NY—Kodak says drupa 2016 a resounding success, having reached its sales target on day seven and 181 percent of target on the final day of the show.
Tens of thousands of visitors, prospects and customers from around the world visited the Kodak Quarter over the course of 11 days to do business and see the company’s latest innovations, including more than 20 new products and technologies launched at the show.
Kodak chief executive officer Jeff Clarke comments: “Kodak came to drupa 2016 to demonstrate our long-term commitment to the print, publishing and packaging industries, reflected in our Print. For Good. message. We also clearly positioned Kodak at the forefront of the industry through the strength of our new technologies to continue driving the sustainability of the markets they serve. Hitting our sales target on Day seven was testimony of the strengths of our products and Kodak’s standing in the print industry.”
Kodak also demonstrated its influence in future technologies, including 3D printing.
Visitors were able to see how Kodak’s materials science enables its partner, Carbon 3D, to rapidly transform 3D models into physical objects. Kodak also highlighted the strength of its revolutionary antimicrobial material science with antimicrobial polo shirts worn by its operators for the duration of the show.
The company made daily announcements featuring prominent sales and partnerships, signaling its focus and commitment to print.
- Kodak announced six PROSPER sales, including four KODAK PROSPER 6000C (see image above) and two KODAK PROSPER 1000 presses. Toppan Forms (Japan), is now Kodak’s biggest PROSPER press customer with the signing of its fifth PROSPER order, Leaderform (Italy) ordered a second PROSPER 6000C to complement its existing press, and Meiller GmbH will be Kodak’s first German PROSPER customer. Lettershop (UK) also ordered a PROSPER 6000C, while two PROSPER 1000 Presses have been sold to customers in the Asia Pacific Region;
- Kodak marked a significant milestone in the worldwide adoption of its industry-leading mainstream flexographic plate technology with the 500th order of a KODAK FLEXCEL NX System. Multidruk, a Polish flexographic prepress provider who is also expanding its services in Europe, returned to drupa 2016 to place an order for its second FLEXCEL NX System;
- Kodak celebrated 21 years of thermal imaging technology and its 21,000th computer-to-plate (CTP) sale at drupa 2016. The company honored KARTON-PAK S.A. of Poland who chose the KODAK MAGNUS VLF Q2400 Platesetter with KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology to give its customers a higher level of stability, accuracy and reliability within its operations;
- Pareto-Print became Kodak’s biggest SONORA XP plate user worldwide by converting to process free plates. Using 300,000 square meters of plates annually to produce high quality books and magazines, the deal underlines Kodak’s prediction that 30 percent plate volume will be process free in 2019;
- Kodak and Landa Digital Printing announced a strategic collaboration to provide an automated digital workflow to drive Nanographic Printing presses for mainstream commercial applications;
- Kodak and Komori announced a strategic partnership to deliver seamless interoperability between Komori KP-Connect (K-Station 4) Printing Task Control Software and KODAK PRINERGY Workflow;
- Kodak also announced partnerships with Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Matti Technology, and manroland web systems;
- Kodak announced a new agreement with Caxton & CTP Publishers and Printers Limited, one of the largest printers in Africa. The order includes the installation of a KODAK PROSPER S30 Imprinting System on Caxton & CTP’s existing offset litho printing presses and represents the first variable print technology on African newspapers;
- Kodak awarded customer Drukkerij de Bij with its inaugural Global KODAK SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award, for continuously demonstrating outstanding efforts to reduce their environmental impact through a variety of initiatives and best practices;
- Kodak announced details of its new KODAK NEXPRESS ZX Digital Production Color Presses, NEXPRESS Opaque White Dry Ink and the ‘Max Platform’ – the next-generation NEXPRESS Color Platform.
These announcements took place against the backdrop of the ‘Kodak Quarter’. The company created a life-sized interpretation of an urban neighborhood, complete with streets, cafes, a convenience store, a newsstand and a New York-style loft, all designed to reflect the resurgence of the iconic Kodak brand. The reaction from visitors and other key industry figures were overwhelmingly positive.
Professor Frank Romano, Rochester Institute of Technology, notes: “Kodak had the most interesting, creative, and useful booth at any trade show I have attended, and I have attended almost every major event since 1968.”
drupa director Sabine Geldermann says: ”Kodak’s Urban Renewal theme for the drupa 2016 stand has become a must-see for visitors and exhibitors, and perfectly reflects the transition that the print & publishing industry has been going through in recent years. The quality of the stand, combined with the fact Kodak has chosen to launch over 20 new products and technologies here at the show reflects their commitment to drupa and the importance of drupa as a global showcase for our industries.”
Adds Kodak senior vice-president Brad Kruchten, “We are committed to sustainability, profitability and growth in this industry. Our solutions that drive real value for our printers, materials science expertise, industry partnerships and strong brand recognition all helped Kodak exceed expectations at drupa 2016.”
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. It provides – directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies – hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. With its world-class R&D capabilities, innovative solutions portfolio and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their own businesses and enjoy their lives. For additional information on Kodak, visit www.kodak.com, follow on Twitter @Kodak, or Facebook at KodakNow.