Kodak signs Graphco as a reseller for its print solutions

Graphco is a distributor of RMGT offset presses

Kodak signs Graphco as a reseller for its print solutions
RMGT 9 series 8-Up offset press Photo: Graphco

Kodak welcomes Graphco, headquartered in Cleveland, OH and a leading provider of digital, offset and print finishing solutions as a new reseller. Kodak has entrusted Graphco with the distribution of Kodak’s complete, comprehensive portfolio of prepress, CtP, digital and inkjet printing and software solutions, and printing plates.

Established in 1976, Graphco has built a strong reputation as an innovative total solutions provider for commercial, packaging and in-plant printers and print finishing companies of all kinds. Graphco covers 19 states from the north through the Midwest to the southeastern United States. 

Today, the company is one of the world’s largest distributors of RMGT (Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology) offset presses. Graphco always puts the customer at the center of its activities and is known for supporting printers and postpress companies with professional, highly qualified advice and superior technical service. With the addition of Kodak’s high-quality and productivity-enhancing solutions coupled with this commitment to sustainability, Graphco significantly upgrades its portfolio, particularly with Kodak’s innovative electrophotographic and inkjet printing solutions.

Graphco to provide Kodak’s customers with an efficient solution

“We are more than delighted to add Kodak’s products and system solutions to our portfolio,” said Chris Manley, President at Graphco. “Kodak’s solutions set the benchmark for productivity, quality and innovation, driving sustainable practices in the printing industry. As a Kodak reseller, we will be able to offer commercial and packaging printers new powerful and profitable options.”

“For more than four decades, Graphco has been a successful supplier and trusted partner to the printing industry,” commented Jeff Zellmer, vice president, Global Sales and Strategy, Kodak. “With the entire Kodak portfolio on offer, Graphco will be able to provide its customers with even more comprehensive and efficient solutions for their continued business success.”

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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