Kodak India celebrates 50th anniversary

1973 to 2023 – Half a century in Indian printing industry

Kodak India team at the celebration.

Kodak India is celebrating its first five decades in business this year. The Indian Kodak subsidiary was incorporated in August 1973 and has since grown successfully. Initially located in the ‘Kodak House’ in Mumbai’s Central Business District, Kodak India moved its headquarters to its current location in Santa Cruz, a suburb of Mumbai, in 1995.

Today, Kodak India additionally operates four geographically well-distributed warehouses to ensure fast and dependable delivery to Kodak customers across the country. Kodak’s long presence in the high-growth South Asian country has helped the Kodak brand enjoy an excellent reputation in the Indian printing and packaging industry – and far beyond.

Its talented sales and service teams and effective collaboration with Channel Partners have ensured Kodak India has achieved many milestones over the decades. For example, Kodak India was a driver of the transition from computer-to-film (CTF) to thermal computer-to-plate (CTP), installing the first thermal platesetter in the early 2000s and becoming the first supplier to sell the 1,000th thermal CTP system from a single brand in India.

Most of these CTP installations are combined with Kodak Prinergy Workflow Solutions. In addition, in close cooperation with its Channel Partners, Kodak India succeeded in establishing Kodak Sonora Plates as leading process-free plates in the Indian market.

In the digital sector, Kodak India has consolidated its place in high-speed inkjet production printing in recent years with the Kodak Prosper Presses and Imprinting Systems. With Kodak’s latest inkjet offerings such as the revolutionary Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 Press and the Kodak Prosper 7000 Turbo Press, the world’s fastest inkjet web press, the company is excellently positioned to significantly expand its position in the Indian digital printing market.

“I am more than delighted that this year we can celebrate Kodak India’s 50th anniversary and the many achievements the Indian Kodak team has made together with our distributors over the past five decades,” said Bhalchandra Nikumb, Print Solutions Sales director, Kodak. “These accomplishments confirm our strategy and are an incentive for our future activities in the Indian market. We will continue to support our customers in their business transformation and help them successfully move into the digital future of printing with smart, highly efficient Kodak solutions.”

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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