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Kodak Seals Successful Deals with PWP PS and Optichrome at Print Efficiently 2013

Kodak Seals Successful Deals with PWP PS and Optichrome at Print Efficiently 2013Orders placed for KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Color Production Press and KODAK Software SolutionsHEMEL HEMPSTEAD, U.K., October 31 – Signed orders from PWP PS and Optichrome were among the highlights of Kodak’s participation at this year’s Print Efficiently.General commercial printer PWP FS signed an order for aKODAK NEXPRESS SX3300 Digital Production Color Press on the opening day of the show. The £2.5m turnover operation expects the new addition, with its KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solution, to help it increase its digital market share by doubling the current monthly output of 300,000 A4 pages.Managing Director Keith Robertson explains, “We are keen on the ability to use the clear dry ink for spot and flood coating and interested in what the dimensional ink will allow us to do. We think is it an exciting way to extend what we can offer our customers and it will enable us to be more creative. Designers in particular are open to suggestions and we look forward to presenting them with a greater range of options.”Colourful savingsOptichrome chose to invest in KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro with KODAK Ink Optimizing Solution to improve efficiencies on its two KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Presses and to support its KODAK DIGIMASTER EX150 Digital Production System, a KODAK MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter, imaging KODAK ELECTRA XD Thermal Plates, all driven by KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Software with the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System.“With KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro, we wanted to improve colour consistency across our digital and litho print processes,” comments Natalie Stephens, Optichrome’s Group Managing Director. “We wanted to make that simpler and easier. We also wanted to ensure that, as far as our clients are concerned, there is no difference in the print results between the litho and digital presses. We believe KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro will help us achieve that.”Also at the show was Philip Dodd, managing director of Healeys, which has just ordered a KODAK NEXPRESS S2500 Digital Production Color Press also equipped with KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions.Optimising opportunities“Digital already represents almost 10% of our business,” states Mr. Dodd. “New opportunities continue to come up and we needed to be able to reliably keep up with this growth without comprising quality. Being able to print metallic golds and silvers is unique in digital. Added with the ability to spot gloss inline, this press really does offer something different.”David McGuiness, Kodak Marketing Manager UK & Nordics, comments, “The relaxed environment at Print Efficiently created a perfect ambience. It enabled our expert team to have in-depth and highly productive conversations with existing and prospective customers. We are delighted to have signed such significant deals and we look forward to following up on some very promising leads.”As well as the KODAK NEXPRESS SX Digital Production Color Press and a KODAK NEXPRESS Press virtual application that enabled customers to see an interactive video of the machine's wide range of options and substrates, Kodak also showcased a working KODAK PROSPER S-Series Jetting Module with a twin tower running live.Other highlights were a fullKODAK PRINERGY Workflow System which included KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System andKODAK COLORFLOW Software as well as KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates samples and KODAK PROSPER Press printed book samples.A new educational seminar programme was introduced this year to give visitors the opportunity to combine demonstrations alongside debates and among the speakers was Erwin Busselot, Marketing Director Digital Printing, Kodak EAMER. He spoke about market opportunities for high volume inkjet and how best to take the big step with maximum advantage and minimum risk.“The whole event provided a great platform to showcase Kodak’s broad range of capabilities to a varied audience,” concludes Mr. McGuiness.About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.#(Kodak, Prosper, NexPress, Digimaster, Magnus, Electra, Sonora, Colorflow, Prinergy and InSite are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Cites Industry Growth Opportunities at GUA Conference

Kodak Cites Industry Growth Opportunities at GUA Conference Inkjet featured for the first time to showcase raft of market opportunities EYSINS, SWITZERLAND, October 31 — A freshly emerged Kodak and a brand new Technology and Solutions Centrecombined to make the 8th Graphic Users Association of Kodak Solutions (GUA) Conference an upbeat event with a positive market outlook.More than 160 attendees were welcomed by Chris Payne, Kodak’s Vice President of Marketing, who highlighted the importance of the GUA and presented the latest update on the company and its emergence. Karsten Müller, President of the GUA, added, “As a board of customers, the GUA works to ensure that we are equipped with the latest knowledge and expertise to help one another. To do this, we actively engage Kodak to help us find solutions to our real-world business and technical challenges.”That is one of the reasons why this event for the first time featured a whole track dedicated to the ground-breaking KODAK Stream Inkjet Solutions that drive future growth and long-term success, provided an overview of the technology. The many and varied market opportunities possible were detailed by Tobias Kuhn General Manager Bild Ost and Central Projects. He explained how hybrid printing and the 33 installed KODAK PROSPER S30 Imprinting System were helping Axel Springer connect the printed product with online communication. In one of the breakouts, a member of the project team, Wolfgang Hoffmann, went on to explain all the aspects of introducing such technology into daily newspaper manufacturing.Innovation leads to business generationAnthony Thirlby, Managing Director of ESP Colour, discussed how he put this ethos into action with KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Systemto streamline the receipt and processing of incoming customer files, to become the most productive Heidelberg Speedmaster XL user in the world. Further highlights of day two included Philip Cullimore, Regional Managing Director atKodakEAMER, explaining how Kodak’s technology can help customers innovate to successfully grow their business.Other conference tracks included one dedicated to workflow, an exclusive Kodak partner track and one for packaging. The Uteco Group joined the event for the first time to share its approach to transforming flexible packaging production by combining its press technology with KODAK PROSPER S20 Imprinting Systems.The event also offered the possibility for customers such as Meydis and Mailfactory to share their perspective as well as the ability to participate in classroom sessions and hands on demonstrations of the latest workflow, CTP and digital solutions. These included the KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate that totally eliminates plate processing equipment and processing chemistry. True market data intelligence and simplifying colour management were also covered while there was the chance to look closer at the extensive range of KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions such as the newly-launched KODAK PRINERGY Workflow version 6 with Advanced Preflight in well-attended classroom presentations. Increased partner participationGudrun Alex, Marketing Director Commercial Business & Shared Services, Kodak EAMER said, “One of the main attractions of the conference was the range and quality of Kodak presenters that participated across product management and product marketing, from the regions and worldwide. The number of partners and customers sharing their stories increased this year too giving the conference a much broader market perspective. We were very pleased at how well-attended the classroom sessions were, giving us the perfect opportunity to share the latest features and enhancements in our product portfolio.” Another conference highlight was the tours of Kodak’s new Technology Centre that gave customers and partners alike the opportunity to ask questions.Finally, the event was attended by a very special guest - Natasha Bates, a UK school pupil who was this year’s PrintIT! overall winner.  Attendance at the GUA was part of her prize for impressing the judges with a print-based program designed to promote Fairtrade products for a supermarket. “The whole conference was extremely well-received,” added Mrs. Alex. “It was especially encouraging to see real industry enthusiasm for an event that has become a must attend for many Kodak customers and partners.”About GUAThe GUA is a worldwide, independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering users of KODAK Solutions with the tools and information needed for business success. The European branch of the Association Board, which governs the activities of the European association, is made up of nine Kodak customers and two Kodak representatives. Membership to the GUA is automatic when delegates attend the conference and free of charge to all users of KODAK Equipment. About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.#(Kodak, Sonora, Prinergy, InSite, Colorflow and Prosper are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak legt bei der GUA-Konferenz den Akzent auf Wachstumspotenziale

Kodak legt bei der GUA-Konferenz den Akzent auf Wachstumspotenziale Inkjet mit einer Fülle von Marktchancen erstmals ein Schwerpunktthema der GUA-Konferenz EYSINS, SCHWEIZ, 30. Oktober – Ein neu formiertes Unternehmen Kodak und das neu eröffnete Kodak Technology Center sorgten dafür, dass bei der 8. Konferenz der Graphic Users Association of Kodak Solutions (GUA) Aufbruchstimmung herrschte und ein positiver Marktausblick das Geschehen prägte.Chris Payne, Vice President of Marketing bei Kodak, konnte mehr als 160 Konferenzteilnehmer begrüßen, bevor er die Bedeutung der GUA hervorhob und eine aktuelle Unternehmenspräsentation gab. Karsten Müller, Präsident der GUA, ergänzte: „Als ein Gremium von Kunden will die GUA dafür sorgen, dass wir über das neueste Wissen und Know-how verfügen, um uns gegenseitig helfen zu können. Um dies zu ermöglichen, beziehen wir Kodak aktiv ein, damit wir gemeinsam Lösungen für die realen geschäftlichen und technischen Herausforderungen finden können, mit denen wir konfrontiert sind.“Das Konferenzprogramm bot erstmals eine Programmstrecke, die ausschließlich den KODAK Stream Inkjet-Lösungen mit ihren Potenzialen für künftiges Wachstum und langfristigen Erfolg gewidmet war und den Teilnehmern einen Überblick über die Technologie ermöglichte. Die zahlreichen und vielfältigen Marktchancen wurden anhand der Praxiserfahrungen veranschaulicht, auf die Tobias Kuhn, General Manager BILD Ost und Zentrale Projekte, BILD Gruppe, ausführlich einging. Er erklärte, wie der Hybriddruck und die 33 installierten KODAK PROSPER S30 Eindrucksysteme Axel Springer helfen, das Print-Produkt mit der Online-Kommunikation zu verknüpfen. In einer der vertiefenden Sitzungen erläuterte Wolfgang Hoffmann, Projekt-Ingenieur bei Axel Springer, sämtliche Aspekte der Einführung derartiger Technologie in der Tageszeitungsproduktion.„Innovation generiert neues Geschäft“Anthony Thirlby, Geschäftsführer von ESP Colour, erörterte, wie er dieses Motto mit dem KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System mit Leben erfüllt, um den Empfang sowie die Verarbeitung von Kundendateien zu rationalisieren. Dies hat mit dazu beigetragen, dass ESP Colour zum weltweit produktivsten Heidelberg Speedmaster XL-Anwender werden konnte. Zu den weiteren Höhepunkten des zweiten Tages zählte der Auftritt von Philip Cullimore, Regional Managing Director beiKodakEAMER. Er ging darauf ein, wie Technologie von Kodak Kunden helfen kann, Innovationen umzusetzen und ihr geschäftliches Wachstum zu fördern.Weitere Programmstrecken der Konferenz waren Kodak Partnern sowie den Themen Workflow und Verpackungsdruck gewidmet. Die Uteco Group war erstmals bei der Konferenz vertreten und stellte ihren Ansatz zur Transformation der Produktion flexibler Verpackungen vor. Das Unternehmen kombiniert dabei seine Druckmaschinentechnologie mit KODAK PROSPER S20 Eindrucksystemen.Zudem bot die Veranstaltung Kunden wie Meydis und Mailfactory die Gelegenheit, ihre Geschäftsperspektiven vorzustellen. Außerdem konnten die Konferenzteilnehmer die neuesten Workflow-, CTP- und digitalen Lösungen in Theorie und praktischen Demonstrationen kennenlernen. Darunter war auch dieprozessfreie KODAK SONORA XP Platte, die Schluss macht mit dem Einsaz von Plattenverarbeitungsanlagen und Verarbeitungschemie. Die effiziente Marktdatenanalyse zur Geschäftserweiterung und die Vereinfachung des Farbmanagements waren weitere Themen, die behandelt wurden. Außerdem konnten die Teilnehmer die umfangreiche Palette der KODAK Unified Workflow Lösungen, darunter die erst kürzlich im Markt eingeführte Version 6 des KODAK PRINERGY Workflows mit Advanced Preflight, in spezifischen Präsentationen näher in Augenschein nehmen. Stärkere Teilnahme von PartnernGudrun Alex, Marketing Director Commercial Business & Shared Services, Kodak EAMER, sagte: „Eine der Hauptattraktionen der diesjährigen Konferenz war die Bandbreite und Qualität der Kodak Referenten aus den regionalen und weltweiten Produktmanagement- und Produktmarketingbereichen. In diesem Jahr waren auch mehr Partner und Kunden als Referenten dabei, wodurch die Konferenz eine wesentlich breitere Marktperspektive aufzeigte. Wir haben uns sehr gefreut, dass die schulungsorientierten Sessions so gut besucht waren. Dies gab uns eine ideale Gelegenheit, die neuesten Features und Verbesserungen in unserem Produktportfolio zu präsentieren.“ Ein weiteres Highlight der Konferenz waren die Führungen durch das neue Kodak Technology Center, bei denen Kunden und Partner Fragen zu den demonstrierten Systemen stellen konnten.Außerdem nahm ein ganz besonderer Gast an der Konferenz teil: Natasha Bates, eine britische Schülerin und Gesamtsiegerin des diesjährigen PrintIT!-Wettbewerbs. Der Besuch der GUA-Konferenz war eine Komponente ihres Preises. Sie hatte die Wettbewerbsjury mit einem von ihr entworfenen, auf Drucksachen basierenden Programm überzeugt, mit dem ein Supermarkt für Fair-Trade-Produkte wirbt. „Die gesamte Konferenz hat bei den Teilnehmern eine extrem positive Resonanz hervorgerufen“, fügte Gudrun Alex hinzu. „Besonders ermutigend war es, die Begeisterung für einen Event zu spüren, der sich für viele Kunden und Partner zu einem Muss entwickelt hat.“Über die GUADie GUA ist eine weltweite, unabhängige Nonprofit-Organisation, die es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht hat, Anwendern von KODAK Lösungen die Tools und Informationen zur Verfügung zu stellen, die sie für ihren geschäftlichen Erfolg benötigen. Der europäische Zweig des GUA-Vorstands, der über die Aktivitäten der europäischen Vereinigung bestimmt, setzt sich aus neun Kodak Kunden und zwei Vertretern von Kodak zusammen. Teilnehmer der Konferenz werden automatisch Mitglieder der GUA; die kostenlose Mitgliedschaft steht allen Anwendern von KODAK Produktionstechnik offen. Über Kodak Kodak ist ein Technologieunternehmen, das sich auf Imaging-Lösungen für den B2B-Bereich konzentriert. Kodak bedient Kunden mit umwälzenden Technologien und bahnbrechenden Lösungen für die Verpackungsindustrie, die Druckindustrie und den Bereich des funktionalen Drucks. Außerdem hat das Unternehmen führende Produkte und Dienstleistungen in den Bereichen Entertainment Imaging und Commercial Films im Angebot. Weitere Informationen über Kodak finden Sie unter kodak.com.#(Kodak, Sonora, Prinergy, InSite, ColorFlow und Prosper sind Marken der Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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ASL Print FX, a KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Customer, Scoops Leading Award in Flexo Label Printing Industry(2)

ASL Print FX, a KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Customer, Scoops Leading Award in Flexo Label Printing IndustryEYSINS, SWITZERLAND, October 15 — Ontario, Canada-based ASL Print FX recently asserted its position as one of world’s best flexo label printers by capturing the first ever World Label Association’s “Best of the Best” award for its Rennie Estate Winery label at the Global Label Awards in Brussels.            The international award, considered to be the most prestigious of the label industry, is only open to World Label Award recipients, an honor that ASL achieved earlier this year for the Rennie label. An impressive honor on its own, ASL bested worthy competition from 223 entrants around the world to win the World Label Award. The victory was unprecedented because it marked ASL’s third year in row as a recipient of a World Label Award.            ASL uses KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates for all its label production and, since the installation of its FLEXCEL NX System in September 2008, has invested considerable effort in the optimization and standardization of its print production process.             “The FLEXCEL NX System is fundamental to our print production capabilities,” says Stacy Daly, VP and General Manager, ASL Print FX. “It provides a consistent and stable foundation that delivers outstanding print quality day in and day out. We have gained a reputation for award-winning label production, but the beauty of the KODAK Solution is that we achieve our high quality under truly efficient daily production conditions.”            ASL utilizes KODAK PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow and KODAK STACCATO Screening to print all its labels using full stochastic screening, a production workflow that was recently not possible in flexo printing.            “We have recently invested in additional upgrades for our PRINERGY Workflow installation, and it is clearly recognized as an industry standard by our brand clients,” said Daly. “Long-term partnerships are very important to us, and Kodak’s ability to provide us with complete leading-edge solutions makes them the perfect partner for ASL.”            Kodak customers around the world are using FLEXCEL Systems to deliver outstanding results to their customers and are rewriting the flexo packaging “rules.”            “On behalf of Kodak I would like to extend our congratulations to the whole team at ASL Print FX for their outstanding achievement,” says John O’Grady, Kodak Vice President and Regional Managing Director, U.S. and Canada. “Together we are changing the game in regards to the capabilities of flexo printing, and high-quality, efficient label production. It is an exciting time to be in the label industry, and we are honored to be key partners with ASL.”About KodakKodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.#(Kodak, Flexcel, Prinergy, Prinergy PowerPack and Staccato are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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ASL Print FX, a KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Customer, Scoops Leading Award in Flexo Label Printing Industry

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 14—Ontario, Canada-based ASL Print FX recently asserted its position as one of world’s best flexo label printers by capturing the first ever World Label Association’s “Best of the Best” award for its Rennie Estate Winery label at the Global Label Awards in Brussels. The international award, considered to be the most prestigious of the label industry, is only open to World Label Award recipients, an honor that ASL achieved earlier this year for the Rennie label. An impressive honor on its own, ASL bested worthy competition from 223 entrants around the world to win the World Label Award. The victory was unprecedented because it marked ASL’s third year in row as a recipient of a World Label Award.ASL uses KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates for all its label production and, since the installation of its FLEXCEL NX System in September 2008, has invested considerable effort in the optimization and standardization of its print production process. "The FLEXCEL NX System is fundamental to our print production capabilities,” says Stacy Daly, VP and General Manager, ASL Print FX. “It provides a consistent and stable foundation that delivers outstanding print quality day in and day out. We have gained a reputation for award-winning label production, but the beauty of the KODAK Solution is that we achieve our high quality under truly efficient daily production conditions.”ASL utilizes KODAK PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow and KODAK STACCATO Screening to print all its labels using full stochastic screening, a production workflow that was recently not possible in flexo printing.“We have recently invested in additional upgrades for our PRINERGY Workflow installation, and it is clearly recognized as an industry standard by our brand clients,” said Daly. “Long-term partnerships are very important to us, and Kodak’s ability to provide us with complete leading-edge solutions makes them the perfect partner for ASL.”Kodak customers around the world are using FLEXCEL Systems to deliver outstanding results to their customers and are rewriting the flexo packaging “rules.”“On behalf of Kodak I would like to extend our congratulations to the whole team at ASL Print FX for their outstanding achievement,” says John O’Grady, Kodak Vice President and Regional Managing Director, U.S. and Canada. “Together we are changing the game in regards to the capabilities of flexo printing, and high-quality, efficient label production. It is an exciting time to be in the label industry, and we are honored to be key partners with ASL.”About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com(Kodak, Flexcel, Prinergy, Prinergy PowerPack and Staccato are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Distribution Deal Tops Successful Partnerships at Labelexpo Europe 2013

Kodak Distribution Deal Tops Successful Partnerships at Labelexpo Europe 2013Plantin (Belgium) and Tetterode (Netherlands) are the latest operations to sign up for Kodak’s market leading flexo solutions  EYSINS, SWITZERLAND, October 9 – Kodak topped its successful packaging and labelling solutions showcase at a lively Labelexpo Europe 2013 with a distribution deal for KODAK FLEXCEL NX Systemsin the Benelux region as well as with the announcement of significant industry partnerships and collaborations with The Uteco Group, BOBST and MPS..Leading the way in flexo packaging developments is the installation of two KODAK PROSPER S20 Imprinting Systems, one black and one color, on an 8-color UTECO ONYX 810 flexo printing system from flexible packaging printing press manufacturer The Uteco Group. With a print speed of 600mpm, fully in-line with the production speed of Uteco’s flexo printing machine, the KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting System prints at a resolution of 600x300 dpi and a width of 10.56 cm.The integrated solution allows flexo printers to offer digital printing capabilities expanding the print possibilities offered by the combined technologies.Leonardo Gobbi, Commercial and Marketing Director of The Uteco Group, explains, “The consumer goods market, both food and non-food, is increasingly driving packaging towards the realm of marketing and communication. The benefits of hybrid printing merge the flexibility and high productivity of flexographic printing with the unique capacity of digital printing to manage the variable data which customizes each individual print job and each individual packaging application.”Flexible folding for creative packaging It is flexible, folding carton and corrugated applications that will benefit from the strategic development agreement between long-standing collaborators Kodak and BOBST.  Kodak has a broad range of technologies including KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, color management, production workflow and digital front ends, as well as its general expertise in material and imaging science. Kodak is making this portfolio of technologies available for BOBST to utilize where it sees opportunities to add value to its products and solutions for the benefit of its customers.BOBST is the world’s leading supplier of machinery and services to packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible material industries. It is focused on creating the integrated solutions that enable the applications to come to life.Kodak is focused on the technologies that enable robust printing solutions for the packaging market. It has a broad range of technologies including KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, color management, production workflow and digital front ends, as well as its general expertise in material and imaging science. Kodak is making this portfolio of technologies available for BOBST to utilize where it sees opportunities to add value to its products and solutions for the benefit of its customers. Total solutions providerConfirming a strong position in the packaging market was the reason for Belgian-based Plantin and Dutch-based Tetterode’s distribution agreement for the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, “We’re now not just a total solutions supplier to the offset market, but also to the flexo market,” Plantin sales manager Davy Elsmoortel comments.The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System was among the solutions on show at Labelexpo. It delivers consistent high quality thanks to unique KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology and high resolution imaging materials . KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates enable flexo printers to drive efficiencies in their production process while achieving outstanding print quality.            Together with the KODAK SPOTLESS Flexographic Solution, the FLEXCEL NX System was creatively presented as enabling the next generation of flexo printing capabilities when Kodak, MPS and Reproflex 3 teamed up for an exclusive day of live presentations to show Labelexpo visitors how to ‘Do More With Less’. The hugely popular demonstrations highlighted how leading prepress and press technologies come together to deliver outstanding, consistent print quality at the lowest delivered cost, and how offset-like quality can cost effectively and efficiently be achieved with the use of fewer spot coiour inks in narrow web UV flexo.Other solutions on show included the FLEXCEL Direct System demonstrating the latest advancements in direct laser engraving technology, and KODAK PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow that delivers outstanding performance and reliability, along with best-in-class productivity, connectivity and automation for exceptional efficiency throughout the packaging production. It is also designed to be seamlessly integrated with all KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions, including KODAK PANDORA Step-and-Repeat Software, KODAK COLORFLOW Software and KODAK SPOTLESS Flexographic Solution.Olivier Claude, General Manager for Print & Vice President Commercial BusinessEAMER, Kodak. “We were very encouraged by the quality of the visitors at the show, the levels of enquiries and the insightful conversations we had. It was clear that this lively sector is thriving and bustling with activity. As such we are delighted to have a broad portfolio of solutions that can provide the high quality, consistent, business winning results our customers need to help them meet the high expectations of brand owners and specifiers.”About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.#(Kodak, Pandora, Colorflow, Prinergy, Flexcel and Spotless are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Optichrome Expands its Kodak Product Portfolio With Software Investment at Print Efficiently 2013

Optichrome Expands its Kodak Product Portfolio With Software Investment at Print Efficiently 2013KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro with KODAK Ink Optimizing Solution chosen to enhance performance and sustainability HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, U.K., October 8, 2013 - Optichrome has underpinned its commitment to continual operational improvement by investing in KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro with KODAK Ink Optimizing Solution at this year’s Print Efficiently event. The long-standing successful Kodak customer already runs two KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press, a KODAK DIGIMASTER EX150 Digital Production System, a KODAK MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter, KODAK ELECTRA XD Thermal Plates, all driven by KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Software with the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System. Its latest focus has been to develop a full cross-media service built on its data management expertise. “With KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro, we wanted to improve colour consistency across our digital and litho print processes,” comments Natalie Stephens, Optichrome’s Group Managing Director. “We wanted to make that simpler and easier. We also wanted to ensure that, as far as our clients are concerned, there is no difference in the print results between the litho and digital presses. We believe KODAK COLORFLOW Pro Software will help us achieve that.”Matt Burford, Optichrome Technical and Quality Assurance Director adds, “We expect to get an ROI of 5% to 10% in a year.  It will help us maximise efficiencies from start to finish.”KODAK Ink Optimizing Solutionwas chosen to help reduce the amount of ink used as Mr Burford explains, “Less ink will be carried on the press and this will give better consistency but it will also help improve drying times and make finishing a lot quicker. This will mean reduced turnaround times.”The print service provider’s investment supports its recent EMAS accreditation comments Ms Stephens, “The ability to reduce the amount of ink we use will help us further minimise our environmental impact and improve our sustainability.”David McGuiness, Kodak Marketing Manager for UK & Nordics says, “Kodak is delighted to be able to help Optichrome make further improvements and efficiencies to its day-to-day operation that will collectively make a big operational difference.” He adds, “Signing this deal on the first day of Print Efficiently was a great way to start the event. We look forward to seeing how many more printers we can help.” Print Efficiently is a unique two-week collaboration of cross-industry expertise that continues this week (8, 9 & 10 October). It is showcasing the latest technologies created to address key market trends in a relaxed and friendly environment. Other key event partners include IFS (Intelligent Finishing Systems), Vpress, KAS Paper Systems Ltd, PDC (Perfect Document Creation), Lake Image Systems, Shuttleworth Business Systems, Roland DG and Antalis McNaughton. This year, live demonstrations of the latest in digital and litho printing technologies and automated finishing systems are being staged. There is also an educational programme of presentations by industry experts and consultants offering keen insight into ways to build business, improve competitiveness and increase profitability. About OptichromeOptichromehas been at the forefront of printing innovation for the last fifty years. The company has adapted and diversified to ensure that it continues to provide its customers with a first class print and communications service. Today, the cross media specialist supports its customers with a high quality, design and print service providing a seamless service from creation through to the final finished product. The company offers a full service up to and including fulfillment.About KodakKodak has transformed into a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.#(Kodak, NexPress, Digimaster, Electra, Colorflow, Magnus, Prinergy and InSite  are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)© Kodak, 2013

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Detaillierter Blick hinter die Kulissen des Unified Workflow

Detaillierter Blick hinter die Kulissen des Unified WorkflowStuttgart, Deutschland, 26. September — „Unified Workflow im Fokus“, unter diesem Motto lud Kodak kürzlich zu zwei Tagesveranstaltungen in Stuttgart und Laatzen bei Hannover ein. Die Events richteten sich in erster Linie an bestehende Besitzer bzw. Anwender des Kodak Prinergy Workflow Systems. Für Spannung sollten Demonstrationen mit unmittelbar aus der Branchenpraxis gegriffenen Fallbeispielen und die direkte Interaktion zwischen Experten von Kodak und den Teilnehmern sorgen.Ursula Voss-Eiden, Marketing Manager D-A-CH, Kodak, gab zur Einführung einen kurzen Überblick über das „neue“ Unternehmen Kodak. Nach erfolgreicher Beendigung des Chapter-11-Verfahrens in den USA konzentriert sich Kodak nun voll auf den Geschäftskundenbereich. Wie Ursula Voss-Eiden erläuterte, bildet die Druck- und Verpackungsindustrie nunmehr einen deutlichen Schwerpunkt der Geschäftsaktivitäten von Kodak. Der Schwerpunkt des Unified-Workflow-Events lag auf den hochentwickelten Automatisierungs- und Rationalisierungmöglichkeiten des Prinergy Workflows, mit deren Hilfe Druckereien schneller, effizienter und wirtschaftlicher produzieren können. Das Ziel: den Teilnehmern Anregungen für Lösungen zu geben, die entweder mit bereits vorhandenen Tools oder mit überschaubaren Zusatzinvestitionen zu realisieren sind.Automatisierung satt – in Theorie und PraxisNeben der Kombination des Prinergy Workflows mit dem webbasierten Kodak InSite Prepress Portal System wurden weitere Workflow-Tools beleuchtet. Dazu zählen das in den Prinergy Workflow integrierte Farbbeziehungsmanagement mit der Kodak ColorFlow Software, das Prinergy Digital Press Management zur bidirektionalen Anbindung von Digitaldruckmaschinen an den Prepress-Workflow, die JDF/JMF-Vernetzung mit MIS-Systemen und die Kodak Preps Ausschießsoftware. Für die Automatisierung des Druckvorstufen-Workflows, aber auch Zusammenwirken mit angegliederten Softwarelösungen, sorgt die Regelbasierte Automatisierung (RBA) von Prinergy.Mit Beatrice Lässig und Michael Ötjen waren an den Systemen zwei erfahrene Workflow-Praktiker von Kodak am Werk, die auf keine Frage aus dem fachkundigen Publikum eine Antwort schuldig blieben. Zum Einstieg beschrieben die beiden Akteure die Entwicklungsstufen der Prepress-Workflow-Automatisierung. Diese hat mit der RBA, einer ereignisgesteuerten Automatisierungslösung, die mit Bedingungen und Verzweigungen arbeitet, ein hohes Entwicklungsstadium erreicht.Die Regelbasierte Automatisierung hat schon von Haus aus eine Kollektion von Standard-Automatisierungsregeln an Bord. Ihre eigenen, betriebsspezifischen Regeln können Anwender im entsprechenden Generator mit grafischer Visualisierung erstellen, mithilfe eines Debuggers korrigieren und im Regelsammlungs-Manager verwalten. Wem für diese Aufgabe die Ressourcen fehlen, der kann sich maßgeschneiderte RBA-Regeln von den Kodak Experten als Dienstleistung erstellen und optimieren lassen. „Je mehr Informationen das Prinergy System über Jobs hat, desto mehr lässt sich mit der RBA automatisieren“, erklärte Beatrice Lässig und verwies darauf, dass zur Gewinnung dieses Mehr an Informationen die benutzerdefinierten Felder der Prinergy Datenbank genutzt werden können. Diese Felder lassen sich entweder durch manuelle Eingaben oder z. B. durch das Auslesen von XML-Dateien füllen. Außerdem kann das Workflow-System Job-Parameter im JDF-Format direkt vom MIS (Management-Informationssystem) über die Kodak Prinergy Business Link Software übernehmen, die dem MIS auch relevante Rückmeldungen aus der Produktion liefert.Multifunktionswerkzeug für die AutomatisierungIm Verlauf der Veranstaltung sollte deutlich werden, dass es nicht immer die groß angelegten, komplexen Automatisierungsregeln sein müssen, die Druckbetrieben spürbare Effizienzgewinne und Kostenvorteile bringen. Anhand von neun ausführlich erläuterten und vorgeführten Praxisbeispielen zeigte das Demo-Duo auf, wie vielfältig die Aufgabenstellungen sein können, die sich mit dem RBA-Instrumentarium automatisieren lassen. Alle Beispiele waren von den Kodak Experten als Lösungen für konkrete Kundenanforderungen konzipiert worden und alle bewirkten sie in der Konsequenz eine Verringerung von manuellen Eingaben, Bedienereingriffen und Arbeitsaufwand.Nicht von ungefähr war gleich bei mehreren Praxisbeispielen das InSite Prepress Portal im Spiel. Als kundenorientierte Plattform unterstützt es eine effiziente Zusammenarbeit zwischen Druckerei, Kunden und weiteren Beteiligten mit drastisch verkürzten Zykluszeiten. InSite – und der Workflow ist immer onlineMit dem InSite Prepress Portal können Druckbetriebe ihren Kunden eine in mehrfacher Hinsicht bessere Alternative zum Datentransfer über FTP-Server bieten. Über InSite hochgeladene PDF-Dateien gelangen direkt in den jeweiligen Job im Prinergy Workflow, wobei der Benutzer eine sofortige Rückmeldung im Fall von Dateiproblemen erhält. In der allerneuesten Version 6.6 verfügt InSite über drei verschiedene Uploader (Flash, HTML5, Java), was Betrieben, die bestimmte Plattformen meiden, den Einsatz erleichtern dürfte. Wichtig sind natürlich auch die Überprüfungs- und Freigabefunktionen für Jobs, die Druckereien ihren Auftraggebern über das InSite Prepress Portal bieten können. Der Zugriff ist mit jedem Webbrowser oder über eine kostenlos herunterladbare iPad App möglich. Zur einfachen Begutachtung von Seiten gibt es eine Flash-Vorschau, während die Smart Review Oberfläche original gerenderte Daten darstellt, Messfunktionen bietet und die Kontrolle der Job-Inhalte bis auf Pixelebene ermöglicht. „Das InSite Prepress Portal schafft Verbindlichkeit in der Kooperation mit Kunden und es vermeidet ein Hin und Her mit mehrfachen PDFs“, betonte Michael Ötjen. „Außerdem protokolliert die Prinergy Datenbank sämtliche Aktivitäten von InSite, was Transparenz und Nachverfolgbarkeit für alle Beteiligten schafft.“Mit den sogenannten Secure Links, die per E-Mail versendet werden, können Druckereien die Nutzung des InSite Prepress Portals besonders leicht machen. Beispielsweise gelangt der Empfänger per Klick auf einen Secure Link direkt – ohne Login-Prozedur und Navigation im System – zu einer Smart Review-Darstellung von Seiten, die er genehmigen soll, oder zur Upload-Funktion für Dateien eines bestimmten Auftrags. Beatrice Lässig und Michael Ötjen demonstrierten es mit einem der Praxisbeispiele: Auch der E-Mail-Versand von Secure Links aus dem Workshop-Client von Prinergy lässt sich mithilfe der Regelbasierten Automatisierung auf einfache Weise fast verselbstständigen; die Systembediener sparen eine Menge Eingabeaufwand.Blick auf die 6Alle Demos wurden mit der neuen Version 6 des Kodak Prinergy Workflow Systems gezeigt, die sich seit dem 26. August 2013 im Early Production Status befindet, und die Neuheiten im Detail vorgestellt. Version 6 bietet zwei Benutzeroberflächen: den gewohnten Workshop-Client und den neuen Workspace. Workspace ist als Microsoft Silverlight-Anwendung, die in jedem Webbrowser läuft, eine leicht zugängliche „Rich Internet Application“ und gegliedert in die drei Module „Verwalten“, „Planen“ und „Verfolgen“. Dazu kommen in der 6-er Version zahlreiche funktionale Erweiterungen und Verbesserungen sowie mit Einführung der „Szenarien“ eine neue Klasse der Workflow-Automatisierung. – Stoff genug für mindestens einen weiteren Unified Workflow-Event. Bildunterschriften:UWS-Fokus_Bild1.jpg:Ursula Voss-Eiden, Marketing Manager D-A-CH, Kodak, eröffnete die Veranstaltung „Unified Workflow im Fokus“ mit einer kurzen Vorstellung des neu aufgestellten Unternehmens Kodak.  UWS-Fokus_Bild2.jpg:Beatrice Lässig, Unified Workflow Solutions Sales Manager D-A-CH, und Michael Ötjen, Pre-Sales & Unified Workflow Solutions Consultant D-A-CH, beide von Kodak, demonstrierten die vielfältigen Möglichkeiten der Workflow-Automatisierung.  UWS-Fokus_Bild3.jpg:Kleine Regel, große Wirkung: Es müssen nicht immer komplexe Regeln sein, durch die die RBA für Zeit- und Kosteneinsparungen sorgt. Hier eine Regel, die unter Berücksichtigung verschiedener Parameter eine automatische Archivierung von Jobs nach der finalen Ausgabe veranlasst. Über Kodak Kodak hat die Transformation zu einem Technologieunternehmen vollzogen, das sich auf Imaging-Lösungen für den B2B-Bereich konzentriert. Kodak bedient Kunden mit umwälzenden Technologien und bahnbrechenden Lösungen für die Verpackungsindustrie, die Druckindustrie und den Bereich des funktionalen Drucks. Außerdem hat das Unternehmen führende Produkte und Dienstleistungen in den Bereichen Entertainment Imaging und Commercial Films im Angebot. Weitere Informationen über Kodak finden Sie unter kodak.com.Bitte kontaktieren Sie für Anfragen, die sich auf die an den Kodak Pension Plan (KPP) ausgegliederten Geschäftsbereiche Personalized Imaging und Document Imaging beziehen, Andrew Sharkey unter asharkey@smithfieldgroup.com.#(Kodak, ColorFlow, InSite, Preps, und Prinergy sind Marken der Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Celebrates Five Years of Customer Success

Ongoing innovation and excellence push flexography to new heights   ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 12—When the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System was introduced at drupa 2008, it was immediately recognized as a gamechanger for flexography. Never before had the industry seen a digital platemaking system that enabled such advancements in production efficiency, stability and repeatability, while delivering image quality that rivals gravure. Five years later, the FLEXCEL NX System is being used in more than 50 countries around the world, where it is driving transformation in flexo printing by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. A significant milestone is reached this month with the announcement of the installation of the 300th FLEXCEL NX System.This innovative system has garnered some of the industry’s most prestigious awards: the PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award for the system itself and for the unique KODAK DIGICAP NX Screening that revolutionizes ink transfer capabilities, the FTA Technical Innovation Award, and the Flexographic Prepress Platemakers Association (FPPA) Technical Innovator of the Year Award. Over the years, FLEXCEL NX System users have captured hundreds of industry awards for flexographic printing excellence.To celebrate the FLEXCEL NX System’s five years of innovation, differentiation and excellence, Kodak has just published the story of how this technology is shaping the businesses of five of our many global customers. This new publication showcases how the FLEXCEL NX System has helped them fill a void in the market, bringing new levels of quality and efficiency, and enabling them to do more with less. Read the full articles at www.kodak.com/go/flexcelnx. Ben Abray, President of Autumn Graphics, notes, “You have to stand out as a provider that understands the market and adopts the best technology to deliver outstanding results. Our clients trust us to help them maximize their brand value, help their packages stand out on store shelves, and help them be as efficient as possible in every job. The FLEXCEL NX System is one of the tools we use today that makes that possible.”Andrew Hewitson, Joint Managing Director of UK prepress service provider Reproflex3, states, “There is no other technology in the market that can deliver the consistency the FLEXCEL NX System technology can deliver. The laser technology delivers more detail—it has a far superior dot structure, more accurate reproduction and more stable print. In our experience, the FLEXCEL NX System is totally predictable and robust. We’ve built a strong business with the FLEXCEL NX System in the competitive narrow and wide web market by offering something different. As I look ahead, I am very excited about what the future holds for flexo technology and for our business.”The FLEXCEL NX System has been instrumental in helping U.S.-based Splash Graphics grow its business with a differentiated offering. Company partner Dhiren Sanghani says, “When you are entering a new market, or talking to a brand owner, you need innovation that will bring disruptive improvements—that makes them stand up and listen—and the FLEXCEL NX System gave us that.”The FLEXCEL NX System is the cornerstone of Kodak’s industry-leading portfolio of flexographic solutions, designed to help customers print better and print smarter. To learn more about the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, please visit www.kodak.com/go/packaging.  About KodakKodak has transformed into a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.For inquiries related to Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses that have been spun off to Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), contact Andrew Sharkey at asharkey@smithfieldgroup.com.  (Kodak, Flexcel, and Digicap are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Launches PRINERGY Workflow 6 to Help Users Better Manage, Plan and Track Prepress Production

Next-generation print production workflow software now available worldwide; brings new vision for prepress production while reducing pre-planning costsROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 28—Powerful print production workflow software is essential for print service providers facing tight margins and looking to diversify their businesses with value-added services. Kodak is addressing these challenges with the launch of its KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Version 6, the next generation of the world’s industry-leading workflow software. Now released worldwide, PRINERGY Workflow 6 represents a completely new vision for prepress production. It brings a new level of automation, accuracy and efficiency to print creation, while reducing costs in the pre-planning print stageand expanding product integration across Kodak and third-party solutions. PRINERGY Workflow is the leading solution for commercial, packaging and publication printers seeking to centralize—and automate—print production. “We visited hundreds of customers around the world to understand where their challenges are and what they want to do in the future,” said Jon Bracken, General Manager of KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions. “What came up time and time again from customers is how they need to drive greater cost out of their processes while enhancing quality and increasing revenue with new digital products. “PRINERGY Workflow 6 focuses on integrating the production planning process and reducing the time spent by customer service representatives, production planners, and prepress operators preparing optimized production plans. The result is tighter quality control, fewer manual touchpoints and lower production costs for both digitally and conventionally printed jobs.PRINERGY 6 is the hub of an automated, integrated prepress workflow, which includes KODAK PREPS Imposition Software Version 7, KODAK COLORFLOW Color Software Version 2, and KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal Version 6.6. This next generation of solutions will continue to deliver efficiency improvements and cost reductions throughout the production cycle.  New streamlined interface for integrated job controlPRINERGY Workflow 6 introduces a new streamlined productivity-focused interface, called Workspace. With its at-a-glance overview of prepress production, and easy-to-learn Manage, Plan and Track modules, Workspace makes it simpler for a broader set of users to drive standard sheetwork jobs to press. Workspace can be accessed from any web browser and broadens the point of entry for users. Customers will have the freedom to use the new Workspace interface, which will be evolving and enhanced in coming versions, and can continue to rely on the existing Workshop interface for unrestricted access to devices, features, automation controls and reporting.The PRINERGY Workflow 6 Workspace Plan, Manage and Track modules help organize the myriad of information and tasks that PRINERGY Software offers. It also includes new capabilities that take automation to the next level, extending automation upstream to the customer’s order and downstream to digital presses and computer to plate (CTP) devices. Scenario functionality allows printers to set up and save a chain of tasks associated with a certain printing press or set of production conditions, which can then be used to handle specific sets of production jobs by simply hitting a play button. In addition, intent-driven automation uses the basic description of the job—or its intent—to drive automated processing through every step of production. More than 45 PRINERGY Workflow customers are winners of the 2013 Print Excellence Awards hosted by Printing Industries Association, Inc.  To see why PRINERGY Workflow was awarded the first-ever GRAPH EXPO MUST SEE ‘EM Legacy Award, hear customer testimonials, and learn about additional features and benefits of the next revolution in workflow, visit www.kodak.com/go/prinergy6.  About Kodak’s Commercial Imaging BusinessKodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s innovative technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment. For more information, visit graphics.kodak.com.(Kodak, Prinergy, Preps, Colorflow, and InSite are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Presents Next Generation Flexo Printing with MPS and Reproflex 3 at Labelexpo Europe 2013

“Do More with Less” demonstrations of highest quality labels at lowest total cost  ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 8—The next generation of flexo printing capabilities will be presented by Kodak, MPS and Reproflex 3 when they team up for an exclusive day of live presentations to show Labelexpo Europe visitors how to “Do More With Less” at the MPS booth Q40 in Hall 11, on September 25.Continuous demonstrations will highlight how leading prepress and press technologies come together to deliver outstanding, consistent print quality at the lowest delivered cost. These demonstrations will dynamically present how impactful offset-like quality can be achieved cost effectively and efficiently with narrow web UV flexo—with no compromises and without the use of spot color inks.“We are looking to change the mindset of what is achievable in flexo today, and thanks to Kodak’s innovative plate and prepress technology, we are able to demonstrate just how far flexo has come. Visitors will see incredibly challenging designs being produced that have outstanding shelf impact without the use of spot color inks,” comments Olivier Claude, General Manager for Print & Vice President Commercial Business EAMER, Kodak. He continues, “Kodak has a deep understanding of both flexo and offset printing and we understand that the end-users, the brands just want the highest quality at the lowest cost, regardless of the print process. Our revolutionary KODAK FLEXCEL NX System and KODAK SPOTLESS Flexographic Solution provide the technology to make that possible.”Throughout the day, leading narrow-web press manufacturer MPS will host the 15-minute live print demonstrations and presentations that will showcase how its latest innovations in press technology complement the Kodak prepress technologies and enable fast changeovers and unparalleled color stability. Eric Hoendervangers, Commercial Director of MPS Systems B.V., based in The Netherlands, comments: “High-quality dots play an important role in the Spotless Printing solution. Our Crisp.Dot technology guarantees a minimum of dot gain, full round dots, solid ink coverage and sharper printing of smaller fonts. Additionally, our Multi-Drive technology provides perfect registration for a broad range of materials, which is essential in achieving a stable and spotless color gamut. Spotless Printing is all about efficiency, and goes hand in hand with quality, mirroring the foundations on which MPS flexo presses are designed and built. We are honored to partner with Kodak and Reproflex 3 to demonstrate innovative solutions in flexo printing.”The designs selected, which target challenging applications in the personal care and household product sector, would normally require at least seven or eight colors to print with traditional flexo. To really push the envelope, Kodak’s demonstrations will not only print without the use of spot color inks, but will also print at 300lpi.“We carefully selected designs that would normally be a real challenge for flexo,” says Andrew Hewitson, Joint Managing Director, Reproflex 3, whose company is providing the prepress expertise for the collaborative demonstration. “We deal with these challenges every day and want to show how it really is possible to eliminate spot color inks from the workflow and still overcome the traditional concerns of color gamut, color stability and registration. A couple of the labels would normally be considered ‘offset’ designs, but it is the final design for a laundry care range that will prove to be the most talked about example. It will be printed both with four-color process and seven-color process on the same web, and visitors will be asked to consider whether the extra colors are worth the extra cost. We think they’ll be surprised at what they’ll see!”After the demo, visitors will be encouraged to take label samples and check them against proofs that will be displayed on the booth while rolls of labels and samples will be available for viewing at both the MPS and Kodak booths throughout the whole show. About Kodak’s Commercial Imaging BusinessKodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s innovative technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment. For more information, visit graphics.kodak.com. (Kodak, Flexcel, and Spotless are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Köller + Nowak schöpft das Potenzial der prozessfreien KODAK SONORA XP Platte aus

Köller + Nowak schöpft das Potenzial der prozessfreien Kodak Sonora XP Platte aus  Innovativer Druckdienstleister realisiert mit der prozessfreien Thermoplatte von Kodak die schlanke und saubere Plattenherstellung für den anspruchsvollen OffsetdruckStuttgart, Deutschland, 1. August – Für die Köller + Nowak GmbH ist E-Business in der grafischen Branche seit Langen nicht nur ein Begriff, sondern konkreter Inhalt des täglichen Geschäfts. Schon zweimal wurde der Druckdienstleister mit Sitz in Düsseldorf von der CIP 4-Organisation für seine Initiativen zur Vernetzung und Automatisierung der Druckproduktion mit einem CIPPI Award ausgezeichnet. Köller + Nowak betreibt mittlerweile 40 verschiedene Webshops für B2B-Kunden, über die kundenspezifische Druckleistungen verkauft werden. Ein wachsendes, spezielles Geschäftsfeld des 20 Mitarbeiter starken Unternehmens ist zudem die Herstellung von Faltschachteln in kleinen bis mittleren Auflagen bei kurzen Vorlaufzeiten.Prozessfrei zum DruckIm September 2012 hat Köller + Nowak im Zuge einer betrieblichen Umbaumaßnahme die Druckplattenherstellung komplett modernisiert. Dabei wurde ein vollautomatischer Kodak Magnus Q400 Plattenbelichter mit Mehrkassetteneinheit (drei Vorratskassetten) installiert. Das Thermo-CTP-System, welches über ein Kodak Prinergy Connect Workflow System in der Version 5.2 angesteuert wird, ersetzte ein älteres Modell von Kodak. Außerdem stieg das Unternehmen von Thermoplatten mit konventioneller Nassverarbeitung auf die neue prozessfreie Kodak Sonora XP Platte um. Die prozessfreie Druckplatte macht die herkömmliche Plattenverarbeitungsanlage und deren Pflege sowie den damit verbundenen Einsatz und Verbrauch von Entwicklungschemie, Wasser und Strom entbehrlich. Der Prozess der Druckformherstellung reduziert sich auf einen einfachen, schnellen Bebilderungsschritt, nach dem die Platten unmittelbar in den Druck gehen können.„Bei unserem Umbau ging es darum, mehr Verwaltungsfläche für unser vergrößertes Vertriebsteam zu schaffen. Die neue CTP-Anlage wollten wir ebenfalls in einer sauberen Büroumgebung aufstellen und vor allem die Chemie und den Umgang mit Flüssigkeiten bei der Plattenherstellung ausschalten“, erläutert Ingo Nowak, Geschäftsführer von Köller + Nowak. „Von daher hat die Sonora XP Platte genau unseren Anforderungen entsprochen, zumal wir damit auch den Platz wiedergewonnen haben, den früher die Plattenentwicklungsmaschine für sich beanspruchte.“Mit der prozessfreien Platte aufs Ganze gehenAuf dem Magnus Q400 Plattenbelichter in der V-Speed-Version kann Köller + Nowak stündlich mehr als 30 Sonora XP Platten im größten benötigten Format ausgeben. Das Unternehmen produziert im Druckbereich zweischichtig auf zwei Fünffarben-Bogenoffsetmaschinen in den Formaten 605 x 705 mm und 370 x 520 mm. Platten im größeren Format haben an der CTP-Produktion einen Anteil von 60 %. Die Druckauflagen bewegen sich zum größten Teil zwischen 500 und 5.000 Bogen. Das Besondere dabei: Sämtliche Aufträge einschließlich Faltschachteln werden mit der frequenzmodulierten Kodak Staccato Rasterung gedruckt. Hier schöpft Köller + Nowak das qualitative Leistungspotenzial der Sonora XP Platte voll aus. Die Staccato Rasterung mit 20 µm kommt bei Platten für den Druck auf gestrichenen Papier- und Kartonmaterialien zum Einsatz, während bei ungestrichenen Bedruckstoffen die 25-µm-Variante gewählt wird. „Durch das neue CTP-System und die Sonora XP Platte, die alle Unwägbarkeiten der traditionellen Plattenverarbeitung ausräumt, ist die Stabilität definitiv gestiegen“, sagt Ingo Nowak. „Die Rasterpunkte stehen sauberer auf den Druckbogen.“Schließlich gibt es noch einen Grund, weshalb die prozessfreie Kodak Sonora XP Platte der Düsseldorfer Druckerei wie gerufen kam. Bereits seit einigen Jahren verfolgt Köller + Nowak eine Strategie, die auf eine umwelt- und ressourcenschonende Produktion ausgerichtet ist. Beispiele dafür sind die FSC- und Ökoprofit-Zertifizierung sowie die vor mehr als dreieinhalb Jahren vollzogene Umstellung sämtlicher Maschinen und Verbraucher im Betrieb auf elektrischen Strom aus erneuerbaren Energiequellen. Die prozessfreie Platte von Kodak mit ihren vorteilhaften Eigenschaften in puncto Umwelt unterstützt dieses Bestreben in der Druckvorstufe.Über den Kodak Geschäftsbereich Commercial ImagingDer Kodak Geschäftsbereich Commercial Imaging treibt Innovation und Wandel für Kunden im Akzidenz-, Verlags- und Verpackungsdruck, im Bereich des funktionalen Druckens sowie im Markt für Enterprise Services voran. Die innovativen Technologien und Lösungen von Kodak bieten Kunden einen größeren Wettbewerbsvorteil sowie eine hohe Investitionsrendite. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter graphics.kodak.com.#(Kodak, Magnus, Prinergy Connect, Sonora und Staccato sind Marken der Eastman Kodak Company.)2013