Kodak at virtual.drupa 2021

Kodak’s offset, digital and virtual solutions on display

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Kodak at virtual.drupa
Kodak will be showing its inkjet, offset plate and software technologies at virtua.drupa in April

Kodak’s portfolio of breakthrough offset, digital and software solutions will be on display to the global print community at virtual.drupa 2021 from April 20 to 23. Featured Kodak products will include:

  • The Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 digital press, which redefines inkjet production printing, and which Kodak claims closes the gap with offset. Utilizing Kodak Ultrastream inkjet technology this web press prints near-offset quality images two to three times faster than competitors across a broad range of commercial print substrates using cost-effective water-based Kodak inks.
  • The Uteco Sapphire EVO W Press, powered by Kodak Ultrastream inkjet technology, is claimed to be the first digital press for flexible packaging to match the productivity of flexo and the quality of gravure. Kodak will also highlight the Sapphire EVO M Press, powered by Kodak Stream Technology, which has been successfully established in the growing packaging market.
  • Also to be virtually shown, is the versatile and productive Nexfinity digital press. The digital press offers unprecedented sheet-fed flexibility regarding substrates, sheet sizes and thicknesses along with a fifth imaging unit that uses a wide selection of special inks.
  • Kodak will be showing its Prinergy On Demand Business Solutions the printing industry’s first and only fully integrated and managed business software portfolio including MIS/ERP, eCommerce, and collaboration applications. This scalable, automated end-to-end solution is said to provide customers a single platform to work from and one vendor to work with, eliminating hidden costs and finger pointing.
  • The Sonora Xtra, Kodak’s next-generation process free plate delivers faster imaging speeds, stronger image contrast and improved handling robustness, plus sustainability and waste savings in prepress and on press.
  • The Kodak Magnus Q800 platesetter is said to be the world’s fastest 8-page CtP device, capable of imaging up to 80 offset plates an hour.
  • The Kodak Magnus Q4800 platesetter, is a new solution for extra-large format (XLF) plate imaging, offering the fastest throughput for XLF size plates, meant for 96-page presses.

Kodak provides a full portfolio of offset, digital and software solutions designed to deliver print that pays, and this virtual event will provide a perfect showcase for our latest innovations,” said Jim Continenza, executive chairman and CEO, Eastman Kodak Company.

Kodak will welcome visitors to virtual.drupa in its exhibitor showroom at https://virtual.drupa.com/vis/v1/en/exhibitors/drupa2020.2680912. In addition, Kodak will hold three interactive web sessions:

Attendees can sign up free of charge on virtual.drupa.com, where they can also learn more about the diverse services and features envisaged for the online show.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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