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Kodak Introduces World’s Fastest Black and White Inkjet Press

Kodak has developed the world’s fastest black and white inkjet press, the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Plus Press. The press is powered by proprietary KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology and leverages the base KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press platform with new enhancements to the transport and software capabilities. Delivering speeds of up to 1000 fpm, these enhancements enable the immediacy and versatility of digital printing for black and white applications.More Speed for Better Publishing With speeds of up to 4,364 A4 pages per minute, the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Plus Press is well-suited to meet the changing needs of print service providers (PSPs) in the book publishing industry. Modern publishers face demanding supply chains, shorter print runs, more frequent orders, faster cycle-times, additional demand for drop shipments and an increased need for customization. The KODAK PROSPER 1000 Plus Press enables PSPs to address these challenges with high quality, world-class speed and job customization. This powerful combination provides a tight alignment between supply and production demand.Next-generation Printing – Today The KODAK PROSPER 1000 Plus Press is a compact monochrome press that leverages KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology to offer one-over-one perfecting with a print width of up to 24.5 inches (62.2 cm) and speeds up to 1,000 feet per minute (300 mpm). It also joins the advanced family of KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses in offering:KODAK 700 Print Manager Digital Front End designed to drive open connectivity and ease-of-use for high-speed digital inkjet presses;Ink saver mode providing up to 30% reduced ink usage depending on the application;Micro-level text enhancement, a new finishing interface and job estimating and reporting features.AvailabilityThe KODAK PROSPER 1000 Plus Press is expected to ship in the fall of this year and is field-upgradable for current customers of the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press, who can easily upgrade at the time of its release.Executive Quote “The book printing and publishing industry has been greatly impacted by emerging digital technologies,” said Will Mansfield, Worldwide Director of Sales and Marketing for Inkjet Presses, Eastman Kodak Company. “Printers are searching for ways to produce shorter runs quickly and profitably. The KODAK PROSPER 1000 Plus Press meets these needs head on, delivering print quality and productivity akin to offset, but with the immediacy and versatility of an all-digital workflow.”#About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – 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 our 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 us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.(KODAK and PROSPER are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2015

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New KODAK Offline Coating Solution Increases PROSPER Press Productivity

A new solution from Kodak, the KODAK PROSPER IOS (Image Optimizer Station) Offline Coating Solution, extends Kodak’s industry leading paper treatment solution from an in-line process to one decoupled from the printing process itself. Kodak’s expertise in inkjet technology, ink formulation and the interaction with various substrates allows this standalone solution to treat a wide variety of papers. This offline solution enables optimal substrate preparation for use with KODAK PROSPER Presses, leading to more operational control.Inkjet Growth – Opportunities and Challenges Inkjet printing continues to experience unit and page volume growth across many applications and geographies. A major hindrance to this growth, however, has been the limited availability of appropriately-treated paper for inkjet applications, particularly for printers in areas of the world where inkjet-coated papers are not readily available. This special paper must come pretreated from a paper mill or be treated by a print service provider (PSP) prior to print job activation. Paper mills, still primarily dedicated to paper production for offset and flexographic applications, have been unable to meet the demand for inkjet paper production. As a result, PSPs are now turning to the KODAK PROSPER IOS Offline Coating Solution available for all applications, an alternative source for inkjet treated paper, as demand has increased for a high-quality paper treatment process that won’t create bottlenecks in their operations and supply chains.KODAK PROSPER IOS Offline Coating Solution Provides users with a high degree of paper flexibility and paper cost savings by enabling the use of commercially-available regular coated, uncoated and glossy papers between 45 gsm-300 gsm; Decouples paper production from the printing process, allowing for more flexibility in the pretreatment of papers and scheduling of print jobs; Puts PSPs in a position to prepare pretreated inkjet paper operating with a throughput range of 250-650 ft/min. AvailabilityShipments of the KODAK PROSPER IOS Offline Coating Solution will begin in June. Executive Quote “Print service providers that rely on the highest-quality inkjet offerings as a competitive differentiator have been handcuffed by the lack of treated paper for their inkjet jobs,” said Will Mansfield, Worldwide Director of Sales and Marketing for Inkjet Presses, Eastman Kodak Company. “The KODAK PROSPER IOS Offline Coating Solution is a product of rethinking the coating and pretreatment process to put our customers in the best position to run a profitable high-quality inkjet operation.”#About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – 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 our 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 us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.(KODAK and PROSPER are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2015

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Kodak presents 5 Diamond Paper Rating Award to Ziegler Papier

Kodak’s Paper Rating Program has presented the 5 Diamond Award to Ziegler Papier for its Z-INFINITY Satin Coated Paper. Kodak’s paper testing shows that this unique satin paper, created for four-color high-performance inkjet printing, provides outstanding image quality on KODAK PROSPER Presses. The 5 Diamond rating means that users will experience color uniformity that rivals offset quality on coated papers.Kodak’s Paper Rating System Kodak was the first to pioneer and develop a paper rating program to help printers and publishers make more informed decisions when evaluating substrates for each of their print jobs. The Paper Rating Program, based on 30 years of paper development and a database of over 7,000 paper tests, relies on the collection and analysis of quantifiable data to determine the expected image quality characteristics of printing papers. Kodak measures image quality using a wide variety of factors and then ranks that substrate using a rating system that ranges from 1 diamond to 5 diamonds.Within the Paper Rating Program, there are five metrics for assessing paper surface capabilities that can quantify and characterize the image quality expectations for each paper type. The metrics are as follows:Black Optical DensityShow ThroughLine RaggednessColor-to-Color BleedMottle/UniformityThe Kodak legacy in image and material science is the basis of its expertise in assessing the inkjet performance of paper. Kodak has active relationships with more than 40 paper mills worldwide and continuously provides technical advice in the paper development process. This collaborative approach to paper development helps print buyers identify performance attributes between papers.With Kodak’s Paper Rating Program, print buyers can learn to evaluate paper options to find the best quality at the best price. This educational advantage creates competition within the market to supply better paper.Executive Quotes: “Often, two papers look the same but can have very different results based on their chemistry, physical properties, and the inkjet printing technologies being used,” noted Don Burns, Business Development Director for Media, Kodak. “We're using our knowledge of imaging science and surface science to support our paper suppliers’ businesses. This system makes it easier to choose the best fit for the job at hand and achieve outstanding inkjet results.”“We are thrilled to receive a 5 Diamond rating from Kodak for Z-INFINITY,” said Susanne Oste, Director of Sales, Ziegler Papier. “Z-INFINITY was designed for transpromotional inkjet markets, using both dye and pigment inks, and we are truly amazed at the print quality it achieves on the new PROSPER 6000 Press. It is more than competitive with liquid toner and offset prints and sets a new standard for production inkjet print quality.”#About Ziegler Papier The Ziegler Paper Mill was originally started by Josef Ziegler-Thoma in 1861. Over a period of five generations, the family established the company as a small but first-rate independent manufacturer of paper specialties. In August 2009, the company was sold to the family of Philipp and Isabel Kuttler-Frey free of all debt and with its profit situation intact. This ensures that the mill with its strong regional roots continues to be family-run.Thanks to a spirit of innovation and the constant desire to improve and develop its products, the company has always concentrated on producing quality rather than quantity. Ziegler papers are hallmarked by their excellent standard of workmanship and first-class properties. This top level of quality and consistency makes our products highly valued by our international customers and satisfied end-users. We use the responses and requirements of these as a basis for our future product policies. This corporate philosophy has paid off and will be actively pursued by the Kuttler-Frey family.About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – 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 our 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 us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.(KODAK and PROSPER are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2015

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Kodak Leading Market Transformation with Digital Inkjet Technology

Since starting the year with a new organizational structure realigned for growth, Kodak’s focus on inkjet technology has demonstrated successful participation in a strong breadth of applications and exciting customer wins.Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division is now an end-to-end operating unit focused on the portfolio, product design, engineering, services, sales, purchasing and supply chain.“This team has a single purpose – to provide a robust portfolio of solutions that provides  seamless integration, peerless productivity and compelling economics for our customers who are setting themselves up for long-term success with high-quality digital inkjet solutions,” said Philip Cullimore, President of Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division.Globally, each print service provider faces a different set of challenges in what can be a very disparate set of regional print markets. Kodak’s involvement in developing next-generation inkjet technology solutions has led to continued investment from customers looking either to adjust its capabilities in the face of changes in its market segment or to expand its operations.“More than 50% of our new press engagements are implementing color into its applications and are excited about the possibilities for short-run variable print into various book, direct mail and newspaper applications,” states Cullimore.Customer SuccessLeaderform – An Italian print service provider (PSP) focusing on direct mail and transactional printing, Leaderform has chosen the KODAK PROSPER 6000C Press as well as a KODAK NEXPRESS SX3900 Digital Production Color Press to both offer high-quality customization options and help expand its operation globally.“About 90% of our printed products are customized, so being able to match digitally-printed products to offset quality is a winning strategy for us,” said Federico Cozza, CEO, Leaderform. “Kodak technology has helped us reassure our customers of our quality results while also helping us pioneer the transition to an all-digital printing operation, as we’re the first PSP in Europe to do so.”Cordoba Printing and Binding – Cordoba is one of the leading book printers in Israel and serves many of the largest magazines in the nation as well. Facing customer demand for faster go-to-market turnaround times, Cordoba invested in a KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press.“As print service providers, we’re up against what is now a very common demand in the industry; customers wanting more titles and shorter runs,” said Gaby Duer, CEO, Cordoba Printing and Binding. “With digital inkjet technology from Kodak, not only are we able to get our product to market more quickly, we can offer new products and solutions to our customers and really become a true partner to them as they grow.”d’Haussy – Based in France with additional facilities in Germany, d’Haussy is a print service provider primarily serving the direct mail market. They recently invested in a KODAK PROSPER 5000XLi Press to help continue its growth into Germany and further expand in Europe.“In the areas we serve, the color market is emerging and needs to be developed, meaning we have a tremendous opportunity to create demand for high quality color direct mail pieces by now leveraging Kodak technology,” said Xavier Moreau, Managing Director, d’Haussy.In addition, Kodak has several print service providers around the world who have chosen the KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems for incorporating variable print into its offset printing processes to address the market needs in the newspaper and packaging applications.Executive Quote “There’s a profound transformation occurring in the inkjet market right now and it’s important that Kodak does everything in its power to lead and support customers through this exciting and opportunistic period,” said Eric Owen, VP Marketing and Sales, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, Eastman Kodak Company. “Kodak’s re-focused initiative, along with the launch of innovative new technologies and products like the KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses, has enabled customers to explore new offerings, which in turn is helping grow and sustain its business, setting them up for long-term success. It’s great to be part of that.”#About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – 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 our 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 us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.(KODAK, PROSPER and NEXPRESS are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2015

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Kodak Launches Content Portal for Packaging Executives

Kodak has unveiled a new content portal, www.chiefpackagingofficer.com, targeted at elevating the strategic role of packaging within leading consumer packaged goods, retail and over-the-counter product firms. The site provides wide-ranging packaging news summaries, original blog posts from subject matter experts, white papers, eBooks on industry trends, best practice case studies, and interviews with packaging industry visionaries.“The premise of our new site is that packaging today is a C-level conversation,” said Steven Overman, Kodak’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Today, packaging is increasingly tied to strategic initiatives and outcomes that impact brand reputation and ROI, but many brands still view packaging as simply a series of tactical steps and technical decisions. Through ChiefPackagingOfficer.com we are supporting our customers and the packaging industry in a way that shines the proper spotlight on the contribution of packaging to the success of an enterprise.”ChiefPackagingOfficer.com is launching with nearly 200 articles, blog posts, eBooks and other resources, including a whitepaper making the case that responsibility for packaging should be elevated to a C-level executive, reporting to a CEO or CMO.“The package is where innovation and a personal brand connection with the consumer come together to potentially improve a company’s results,” said Joshua Fedeli, publisher of ChiefPackagingOfficer.com, and director of sales and accounts for the KODAK DESIGN2LAUNCH Product portfolio, which is part of Kodak’s Software & Solutions Division. “By taking a provocative view of the value of packaging and providing useful content and a platform for engagement, ChiefPackagingOfficer.com provides a new and valuable industry resource. We encourage all packaging professionals to visit the site, send us feedback and ideas, and engage with us on this important topic.”David Luttenberger, global packaging director at Mintel, also commented on the new website, noting, “Kodak is providing leadership to the packaging industry with an intentional and coordinated effort to not only call for the creation of the role of Chief Packaging Officer, but to provide senior packaging leaders a place where, on a daily basis, they can find and share content relevant to the role.”In addition to accessing www.chiefpackagingofficer.com on the Web, Twitter users may follow the site’s editorial updates from the handle @chiefpackaging. For more information, readers may email editor@chiefpackagingofficer.com#About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – 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 our 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 us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.(KODAK and DESIGN2LAUNCH are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2015

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American Litho Expands Color Customization Capabilities with KODAK Inkjet Technology

The installation of six new KODAK PROSPER S20 Imprinting Heads for American Litho has expanded the printer’s hybrid digital printing offerings, giving it the ability to further personalize marketing materials for its customer base. The Carol Stream, Ill.-based print service provider specializes in direct marketing through analytics, targeted direct mail and packaging.The six new KODAK PROSPER S20 Imprinting Heads will help American Litho grow its existing platform, which included multiple black-and-white KODAK VERSAMARK Imprinting Heads, to now leverage a 4-color digital inkjet process to creatively design more diverse client-centric direct mail formats and boost ad revenues. The inkjet systems offer greater flexibility and improved integration, as they can be mounted on all the web presses across the printer’s robust platform as well as in its mailing service lettershop. The additional hybrid digital printing solutions have enabled new design capabilities that have increased response rates and provided more highly-targeted variable data personalization options for American Litho’s customers. Now able to design more effective materials, the company has seen the number of mailings increase to over half a billion pieces this year to match demand.“Our success in a direct marketing business that’s always evolving is a direct result of our ability to offer more personalization options for our customers,” said Michael Fontana, President, American Litho. “Investing in the KODAK PROSPER S20 Imprinting Heads has given our operation the speed and flexibility to be more competitive than ever, but it’s the customization capabilities that make us an attractive option to customers looking to take advantage of more valuable targeted advertising opportunities.”“Flexibility is at the heart of hybrid printing, so the real value in leveraging KODAK PROSPER S20 Imprinting Heads for American Litho was to drive growth through new offerings and expansion into new markets,” said Rick Mazur, Business Manager – Commercial Inkjet Solutions and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology enables printers to significantly improve the speed and quality of their operations by simply adapting their existing operations. We’re excited to have been able to open some new doors for American Litho.”American Litho has also installed KODAK PRINERGY Workflow and KODAK INSITE Portal Products for a more comprehensive productivity and communication solution that has allowed their operation to function more efficiently and their staff to collaborate more fluidly.#About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – 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 our 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 us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.(KODAK, PROSPER, VERSAMARK, PRINERGY and INSITE are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2015

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Europrint Medien GmbH and its partner Druckteam Berlin adopt the KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate

Overview When two companies have highly specific skills that complement each other perfectly, it's only logical that they should work together and leverage synergies. This is exactly what happened with Europrint Medien GmbH and Druckteam Berlin. These two partners, based at the same address in Berlin's Lichtenberg district, offer end-to-end production of printed items to different target groups independently of one another. In spite of this, the print production process is always a joint effort.Whereas the seven-strong Europrint Medien team concentrates on platemaking and repro and prepress activities downstream of the artwork, Druckteam Berlin's expertise lies in sheetfed offset and finishing. "Put very simply, we swap our press-ready plates for printed single sheets or finished products, and the cooperation has served as a successful business model ever since 2001," says Robert Strack, Managing Director of Europrint. This autumn, the two firms took the plunge by switching to the KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate, and they’ve been experiencing the benefits ever since.Background – Using Kodak technology since 1990 Kodak prepress technology has long formed the backbone of press-ready plate production at Europrint Medien GmbH, which first appeared on the scene back in 1990. All offset plates are currently imaged on a KODAK MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter, which is automatically fed with plates from a five-cassette unit. The thermal CTP system works with accurate, high-resolution KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology and Europrint also uses a KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System to optimize and process the job files prior to plate imaging. A web based KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System is attached to the PDF workflow system and production database to facilitate remote online collaboration with customers and external partners, allowing files to be directly submitted to the prepress workflow, and production PDFs to be checked online."We initially started looking at process-free plates because we wanted to avoid the potential follow-up problems associated with conventional plate processing. We decided to test a process-free plate to see if it might be a feasible solution and were impressed with the results, but the economic side was still unclear," Strack reports. "Some time later we carried out an ROI calculation with Kodak's support, and it persuaded us to make the transition to KODAK SONORA XP Plates. Everything worked like clockwork, and all of the obstacles to the change were removed. We find it very reassuring that printing errors such as hickeys on the plate as a result of processing are now a thing of the past."Solution – A smooth transition to process-free As a result of switching to the SONORA XP Process Free Plate, Europrint also profits from Kodak's press-ready technology (video), which permits speedier plate production in the prepress department. The SONORA XP Plate has a negative-working polymer coating which is cross-linked when the plate is imaged in the thermal CTP system. The plate can then be immediately mounted in the press. When the press is started up, the non-image areas of the plate coating are removed by the tack of the ink as soon as the fountain solution begins to be absorbed. The coating is then carried out of the press via the substrate.The printers at Druckteam Berlin had to make very few changes to their press settings and materials in order to produce with the SONORA XP Plate. The feedback from the pressroom is that the dampening process has improved and the ink dries better. Incidentally, the five offset presses installed in the pressroom produce 24/7 in three shifts with sheet sizes from 360 x 520 mm to 750 x 1060 mm. Three of these machines, with twenty-two printing units between them, print in 3B format, which is the norm for ninety percent of all plates made at Europrint.Responding to demands for ever higher plate throughputs, the trade shop recently had its Magnus Q800 Platesetter upgraded from the standard F speed version to the faster X speed model. Europrint also uses the 300 lpi AM linescreen in addition to the standard 200 dpi for high-fidelity presswork on behalf of various domestic and international clients in the art and fashion worlds. Fine KODAK STACCATO Screening (20 µm) is chosen if the customer explicitly wants to avoid AM halftone structures and screening artefacts, in which case the images are selectively sharpened during the workflow. Druckteam Berlin achieves excellent results using the SONORA XP Plate with all of these screening variants – with print runs that are generally anything between 500 and 10,000 sheets and occasionally as long as 150,000.Benefits - Savings and eco-bonus The changeover to the process-free plate rendered a processor obsolete. "Since switching off the plate processor, the monthly saving on electricity and water has been around four hundred Euros, plus another thousand Euros for chemistry. We've also reduced the number of man hours for cleaning and maintenance work by five or six a month. The fact that there are no longer any further costs incurred for correcting plate processing variations or errors has helped us save even more money," the Europrint MD explains. Robert Strack also explains that the reduced environmental impact that the SONORA XP Plates offer provide further benefits: "It's a very important aspect. It matters a lot to our customers if we can say we've taken yet another step on the sustainability road. We're delighted to have been involved from the start. We certainly couldn't imagine going back to the old plate technology now."Robert Strack, Managing Director of Europrint Medien GmbH, trained as a chromolithographer and has followed the digital revolution in prepress technology from the very beginning.#About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – 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 our 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 us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.(Kodak, InSite, Magnus, Prinergy, Sonora, SQUAREspot and Staccato are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2015

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Kodak Presence at Hunkeler Innovation days Highlights Digital Print Technologies that Enable Business Growth

Visitors to Kodak’s booth (PO1 in Hall 2) at the upcoming Hunkeler Innovationdays (HID) will see some of the industry’s most advanced solutions for commercial, book and newspaper printing applications.  About 4,000 attendees are expected at the biannual event, being held in Lucerne, Switzerland from 23-26 February.Solutions being demonstrated or highlighted include:The KODAK PROSPER Press Platform which has been used to print more than 30 billion pages around the world, will be used by Kodak and Hunkeler at HID to produce a full-color 12-page show publication. The publication will be pre-printed on the KODAK PROSPER 5000XLi Press in both tabloid and broadsheet format, and finished onsite using Hunkeler’s new Advanced Newspaper Solution.Samples made using the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press, which offers extensive creative possibilities with options to add coatings, special colors and even embossed effects inline. KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems, which customers have used to add variable data capability to their web-fed offset presses, but which are increasingly being used by sheet-fed commercial print customers as well. Throughout the event, Kodak’s team of experts will provide live demonstrations, share samples and technical knowledge, and discuss applications.  Also, Kodak and several of its customers will participate in roundtable discussions at the Interquest Digital Printing Forum and Doxnet events that happen in conjunction with HID.“Kodak is committed to bringing our customers innovative, market-leading technology, and are confident that our Hunkeler booth will demonstrate how customers are using that technology to thrive in today’s ever-changing marketplace,” said Philip Cullimore, President of Kodak’s Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division.#About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – 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 our 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 us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.(Kodak, Prosper and NexPress are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2015

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Kodak flexo solution meets demanding needs of corrugated sector for Tadam

With plans to increase efficiency and customer satisfaction, Italian packaging prepress company Tadam has chosen to invest in a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System and KODAK FLEXCEL NXC Plates to meet the demands of its broad customer base, including producers of high-end corrugated cartons.  Designed to increase the visual appearance of corrugated flexo post-printing while opening the door for cost-saving opportunities such as the use of lower grade liners, the new additions to its pre-press product offerings will help Tadam, a long-time user of Kodak technology, achieve its strategic goals of expanding its business with existing customers and attracting new printers.The aim: the highest quality for corrugated cardboard Headquartered in Maltignano in the Ascoli Piceno province of Italy, Tadam is a prepress service provider operating mainly in the packaging sector. In particular, the company works with printers of corrugated cartons for the food, wine and footwear sectors, where top quality is a must. Bruno Amadio, Director at Tadam, explains his reasons for choosing to invest in the Kodak solution. “I have always tried to analyse and understand my customers’ problems. In a nutshell, in the corrugated sector, these are: absorption, achieving solid colour areas, and corrugations being visible after printing. Today, producers of corrugated cartons need quality and the Kodak system offers them a broader range of tonality, higher resolution screening, more efficient ink transfer and a higher level of quality on cardboard made of lower quality paper, thus resolving these problems.”Differentiated Kodak technology The FLEXCEL NX Wide System at Tadam includes the latest FLEXCEL NX Wide-C Imager, the first to be installed in Italy, and leverages KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology at an optical resolution of 10,000dpi to produce digital flexo plates that enable a broader tonal range, use of higher line screens, more efficient ink transfer and a higher level of quality. The newly introduced FLEXCEL NXC Plates have been developed specifically for the needs of the corrugated post-print market. Through the use of a unique printing dot profile and KODAK DIGICAP NX Patterning technology that creates a micro texturized plate surface to transfer ink more efficiently to the substrate, the plates enable significant improvements in highlight reproduction, printed densities and washboarding without the need to use increased ink volumes. Benefits that extend beyond the corrugated sector In addition to their corrugated client base, Tadam also service flexible packaging printers and clients in the pharmaceuticals sector. Mr. Amadio explains how working for the pharmaceutical sector contributes to the need to increase production efficiency and internal controls: “When you work for this sector, you need to follow certain rules and procedures because the pharmaceutical companies come in to conduct on-site audits themselves and we have to guarantee complete traceability over the whole production process. Today we have an internal system that tracks the entire production process, from the start of a job order right through to quality control and invoicing. This focus on quality control extends all the way out to our customers, including those in corrugated cartons and flexible packaging through the implementation of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System technology and KODAK PRINERGY Workflow, which has brought undoubted benefits in terms of efficiency, predictability, error reduction and customer satisfaction. The level of customer complaints we now receive has been reduced to a minimum as a result.”A focus on meeting customer needs “Having used Kodak’s technology for many years, Tadam decided to place an order for the FLEXCEL NX Wide System and the newly launched FLEXCEL NXC Plates in July 2014.” says Michele Pioli, Packaging Segment Manager for Kodak in Italy. “The recent development of the Kodak corrugated solution included beta testing in Germany, Australia and North America, however this is the first installation of its kind in the Mediterranean cluster, and we are delighted that Tadam and their clients are experiencing the predicted benefits.”“Use of the FLEXCEL NXC Plates with their flat-top dot structure (same height overall) significantly reduces the time for plate-anilox and plate-substrate interference regulation (impression), thus reducing start-up time and rejects, while also reducing the dot-gain differences caused by unwanted printing pressure variations during the run. This in turn gives a big improvement in tone and colour stability, increasing the quality and uniformity of prints as well as the bottom line, i.e. the profitability of the order.”Tadam’s customers have been able to witness all these advantages with their own eyes, as Mr Amadio explains: “We did some concrete tests by printing the same file using traditional digital plates and the FLEXCEL NXC Plates. The results were incredible. We were able to make a plate with isolated dots in a very small area. The solid colours really are solid because the density is comparable to offset and the corrugations are no longer visible.”Mr Pioli concludes:  “With Kodak plate technology, Tadam’s customers are obtaining more uniform print results and improved colour perception, and will be able to work with typical offset standards (Fogra). Kodak continues to be focussed on truly understanding the needs of specific sectors and delivering technology that not only improves print quality but also simplifies processes and reduces total delivered cost.” Pharmaceutical blister packaging product by TadamFrom left:Michele Pioli, Packaging Segment Manager, Kodak, Italy,Bruno Amadio, Director,  Tadam,Elvis Di Martino, Production Manager,  TadamPrinting proofs with plates realized with the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide-C System and the new KODAK FLEXCEL NXC Plates#About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – 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 our 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 us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.(Kodak, Flexcel, Prinergy, Digicap and Squarespot are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2015About Tadam Tadam was founded in 1994 as a photolithography company, when its current director, Bruno Amadio, started learning everything about colour management and prepress with the help of colour specialists and experts. In the early days, the firm prepared extracts for medical books in Germany and art catalogues. As the technology evolved, photolithography became a prepress service and today the company’s overriding aim is quality, to offer printers plates that meet the highest standards.

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Printers Widely Adopt KODAK SONORA Plates in 2014; Kodak Projects Continued Growth in 2015

Since the announcement of its 1,000th SONORA Process Free Plate customer in July 2014, Kodak's SONORA Plate customer base has grown dramatically. There are now more than 1,800 customers using SONORA Plates and strong global growth is projected to continue.The enthusiastic adoption of Kodak's process-free plates stems from both their economic and environmental benefits. SONORA Process Free Plates eliminate the processing step required by traditional thermal plates and provide significant energy, water, and waste reductions without requiring printers to make sacrifices on productivity or print capabilities.With continued pipeline growth, significant manufacturing investments, and more customers available to share their experience with SONORA Plates, Kodak expects 2015 to be another year of continued success. Numerous initiatives to stimulate SONORA Plates growth directly led to impressive results across all regions.There are more than 1,800 global KODAK SONORA Plate customers, with 800 new customers since July 2014Global growth is expected to continue at current rates or faster in 2015Growth is a result of both economic and sustainability benefits and global investmentAnnual growth in the US & Canada region is over 400%United States & CanadaSONORA Plate customers grew at a 400 percent rate in 2014Kodak is both adding new customers and proactively converting customers from KODAK THERMAL DIRECT Non Process Plates to SONORA Plates in anticipation of new plate manufacturing capacity in Columbus, Georgia.AsiaKodak recently upgraded its Xiamen, China plate plant to manufacture SONORA Plates, contributing to tremendous growth in plate shipments in the region.Kodak shipped SONORA Plates to more than 200 customers in Asia in 2014, with that number expected to increase in 2015.EuropeYear-over-year SONORA Plate growth in Europe was more than 200 percent in 2014.At WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo 2014 , Kodak gave live demonstrations of KODAK SONORA NEWS Process Free Plates as they become available for European newspaper publishing.Latin AmericaSeveral large flagship newspapers converted to SONORA NEWS Plates.KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate and SONORA NEWS Plate sales account for about 35 percent of all Kodak plate sales in the region.Executive Quote"Our commitment to providing regionally manufactured SONORA Plates to our customers has been a critical component of our customer service program, and we look forward to further developing these relationships to promote sustainable and efficient printing worldwide," said Brad Kruchten, President of Kodak's Print Systems Division (PSD).Additional ResourcesBlog commentary from Brad Kruchten with links to relevant Kodak, customer, and third party contentKODAK SONORA Process Free Plates ContentAbout Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – 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 our 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 us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.

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KODAK SONORA XP Plate Streamlines Processing at Halberstädter Druckhaus

The printing market in general is characterized by constant changes and Halberstädter Druckhaus is no exception. In spring 2014 the company unlocked potential business by making the shift from offset plates with traditional chemistry processing to the Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plate."The global environmental aspect was one reason. The other was the concern for the health of our staff. Wherever we can, we try to use production processes that reduce the environmental impact and limit our employees' contact with chemicals. That's why we've been printing without alcohol for several years now," says Horst Wischalla, Managing Director and sole partner of Halberstädter Druckhaus GmbH, on the motives for this switch.Diversity as a business model Halberstädter, which has 25 people on the payroll, is based in the town of Halberstadt – from which it derives its name – in Saxony-Anhalt, roughly half-way between Hannover and Leipzig. A typical commercial printer, Halberstädter Druckhaus offers a very broad portfolio of offset and digital printing services. Business cards, brochures, sales literature, magazines, calendars, posters and books are the mainstays of its product range. Apart from end-to-end production of perfect bound and saddle stitched brochures, Halberstädter specializes in folders featuring various finishing techniques such as varnishing or lamination with matte or glossy film.The majority of their offset products are printed on two sheetfed presses in 50 x 70 cm or B2 format, namely one eight-color press with sheet turning that was commissioned in 2011 and one four-color machine with an additional coating unit. The presses generally work in two shifts, though at particularly busy times they keep going 24/7 in three shifts. In their prepress department two KODAK MAGNUS Q400 Platesetters, with KODAK SQUAREspot Imaging Technology, were installed to keep up with seasonal fluctuations but also to act as each other’s backup. Output data is supplied via KODAK PRINERGY Workflow to keep both systems running at their respective speeds. One unit achieves an approximate 30 plates per hour (F-speed) while the X-speed companion runs at a flat rate of 35 plates per hour.New plate technology is a structural change for the better What makes the KODAK Sonora XP Plate such an attractive option for Halberstädter is that wet chemistry processing is now a thing of the past and the consumption of chemistry, water and power is respectively lower. The malfunctions and variations that are inevitable with conventional plate processing have been successfully eliminated, as have the waste and remakes they frequently necessitated. What's more, the plates are ready for printing faster.Wischalla commented: "We've been using Kodak CTP technology and thermal plates ever since our first Magnus platesetter started production in 2008. We'd been keeping a close watch on how process-free techniques were developing over the years, and at one stage we undertook a trial phase with an earlier plate generation. When Kodak launched the Sonora XP Plate on to the market, we believed that with its extended run length and improved coating contrast it sounded like an attractive proposition for us."No major changes were required in the prepress and pressroom prior to switching to the process-free plate. It was still possible to use the same inks, fountain solution, and press chemicals in the sheetfed offset presses. The printers simply have to adjust the ink and water balance a little more sensitively."The changeover was completed without a hitch. We managed to get our staff on board, and the support we received from Kodak was excellent,” Wischalla adds.Mission accomplished The Sonora XP Plate lives up to the commercial printer's quality and performance expectations in every respect. Ninety-five percent of all jobs are printed with a 200 lpi AM screen, with a printable tonal range on the plate from 1 to 99 percent. And as far as the run length is concerned, although the plate's nominal maximum 100,000 impressions are occasionally reached, the figure for most jobs is somewhere between 500 and 10,000 prints.The desire to move away from using chemistry in the platemaking process has been optimally fulfilled thanks to the Kodak Sonora XP Plate. At the same time, around 2000 liters of plate developer and 10,000 liters of water are saved annually. Added to this is a non-quantified saving in electricity and manpower costs for cleaning the processor. The fact that the printer sold the latter shortly after switching to the Sonora XP Plate is an unmistakable sign that there is no plan to move back to traditional chemistry processing.Horst Wischalla is Managing Director and sole partner of Halberstädter Druckhaus.Gerald Heth loads the multi-cassette unit with Sonora XP Plates on the newer Magnus Q400 Platesetter.(Kodak, Magnus, Prinergy Evo, Sonora and SQUAREspot are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)

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First Model Printing House Invests in the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press after Spotting a Gap in the Market

The oldest printing factory in Russia, First Model Printing House, has chosen to invest in a KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press after spotting a gap in the market in the short-run book publishing market.“Historically, the use of traditional offset methods to print fewer than 2,000 book copies has been unprofitable due to the startup costs involved; however, switching to a digital system has allowed us to make profit on much shorter print runs,” says Boris Gorelik, Director of Digital Printing at the Chekhov Pechatny Dvor branch of First Model Printing House. The Chekhov Pechatny Dvor branch’s investment has allowed it to build a modern, diversified printing business that besides digital production, offers a whole range of web-fed offset, sheet-fed color printing and a variety of finishes.The Chekhov branch has more than 200 customers - mainly based around Moscow - ranging from single-book publishers all the way up to big publishing houses printing professional and technical literature. The plant produces hard- and soft-back books (both glue bound and saddle stitched), glue calendars and photo wallpapers, but it’s the company’s digital printing of hard back sewn books that provides the printer with its competitive advantage. The branch now prints more than 700 book and brochure titles every month, equating to over 3 million copies, half of which are printed digitally. Approximately 70-80% of the books printed are produced on the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press, making it the branch’s main printer.First Model Printing House first considered switching to digital book printing in 2008, and quickly realized that the industrial output required could only be provided by web-fed inkjet technology. Boris Gorelik said, “We chose the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press because only Kodak produced presses with our required web width (660 mm). What’s more, the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press had one more indisputable advantage, a printing speed of 200 mpm. This inkjet technology allows us to print with a 600х900 dpi resolution at a maximum speed that is far higher than competitive solutions.”These increased production speeds result in the average print run taking less than an hour, meaning that the Chekhov Pechatny Dvor branch can now guarantee to produce any digital title within 10 working days. The company can even accept urgent orders when necessary, providing a two day turnaround. In turn, this ultimately means that the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press has made print runs of 100-1,000 copies more profitable (this compares to a profitability boundary for traditional offset of 1,500-2,000 copies), which has served to bolster customer relationships. Most importantly however, quality is maintained, as Boris Gorelik confirms, “with the KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press, even where complicated raster and line illustrations are required, customers see that we can produce offset quality using digital technology, at exceptional speed.”“First Model Printing House can now print book sizes of 15x22.5 cm and 13.5x21 cm - two of the most popular sizes in the publishing market - and since installing the press has witnessed stable growth in orders from the professional and technical literature sectors. Thanks to its Kodak investment, the company is now also in a position to enter new markets, such as color books, print-on-demand and many more,” concluded Anton Kodinskiy, Pre-sales Consultant for Digital Printing Solutions, EAMER GRC at Kodak.From left to right: Kodak Pre-sales & Sales Consultant DPS, Anton Kodinskiy General Director at the Chekhov Pechatny Dvor branch, Maksim Rachkov Director of Digital Printing at the Chekhov Pechatny Dvor branch, Boris Gorelik Kodak Managing Director, Russia, Alisa Firsova Kodak Sales Director, GRC & Eeaster Europe, Jacek SkibickiThe PROSPER 1000 Press in the in the print roomThe operator in front of the PROSPER 1000 Press, which is now working 24/7