Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group Demonstrates Wide Variety of Photo-Rich Print Applications at Photokina 2006

Kodak will be using its new NEXPRESS 2500 digital production color press on Stand A002, Hall 5, to show visitors to Photokina 2006 (Cologne, 26/9 -1/10) a range of new photo-rich print applications for professional photographers, advanced amateur photographers and consumers. In addition, the KODAK 1200i Wide-Format Printing System and the extensive portfolio of KODAK Wide-Format Inkjet Media will further define the scope available to the photo industry from KODAK products.

Photo books to capture family milestones, greeting cards with personal photographs, and personalized calendars and planners are a few of the popular items that can be created via the Internet and printed quickly and cost efficiently with KODAK NEXPRESS presses. Kodak provides guidance on how to implement business processes and which markets or applications to pursue for photographic firms or commercial printing establishments to whom digital printing is a new experience.

"In addition to traditional litho printing companies, providers of photo services now have the opportunity to tap into a growth market because of the quality, speed and flexibility that the KODAK NEXPRESS presses provide," said Will Mansfield, European Marketing Director, Digital Printing Solutions, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group. "Digital printing is opening up many new avenues that coincide with how consumers view and want to share photographs of family, friends, special trips and memorable events."

The NEXPRESS 2500 press is the performance model from the KODAK NEXPRESS press family, for high-volume print production environments of up to 1,900,000 pages per month. It is capable of printing 2500 A4 5/5 sheets per hour and is 18% more productive than the 2100 plus. Modularity and flexibility has been engineered into the 2500, offering in-line finishing capability and longer uninterrupted printing cycles with multiple high-capacity delivery configurations. The modular options include an additional imaging unit, feeders, high-capacity delivery system and KODAK NEXSTATION IV front end, all of which will also be on stand at the show.

Show attendees will also be able to see the KODAK NEXGLOSSER glossing unit. This enables additional printing opportunities for image-rich applications, including book covers, digital-photo prints, coffee-table books, greeting cards and brochures. It features Kodak NexPress clear dry ink that delivers enhanced image quality and a laminate-like gloss for higher marketing impact.

The NEXPRESS 2500 press will also be used in conjunction with the Booklet maker for NEXPRESS digital production systems. Implemented in either an inline or offline mode, the Booklet maker system is a high-quality, high-speed, professional booklet-making solution that enables commercial printers and other digital printing service providers to better meet customer demands for quicker turnaround.

In addition, a range of software options such as FUSIONPRO, KODAK DARWIN authoring software and DIRECTYPE software, which allow printers to add new levels of document customisation and personalisation to set them apart from the competition, will be available.

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been in the business of digital printing since 1995 and have, over the years, explored many potential markets. We felt that the KODAK NEXPRESS press would provide us with superior technology, good flexibility and a strong brand presence, as well as the ability to print on cut sheets, which could only be an advantage for us. We currently have two machines installed that we use for photo book, calendar and greetings card production, as well as other variable printing, and are completely satisfied with the results they produce."

He continues, "Photo books are just starting to take off, and the KODAK NEXPRESS press has allowed us to produce different formats of personalised books for our customers, all of which look extremely professional and are delivered within a short time frame.

Wide Format, Proofing and Scanning

In addition to the NEXPRESS solutions, Kodak is also showing the KODAK 1200i Wide-Format Printing System, which offers high speed printing delivering excellent image quality. The dual component rapid evaporation drying system of the KODAK 1200i printer improves drying efficiency, allowing for rapid dry times for instant take up and faster print-to-lamination time. Combined with Kodak’s Wide-Format Inkjet Media, it provides an excellent solution for many photographic applications.

A selection of KODAK Wide-Format Inkjet Media products will be on display at Photokina. Offering consistent, high quality performance on a broad range of wide-format printers, KODAK Media is also backed by one of the most comprehensive Performance Guarantees in the market.

KODAK MATCHPRINT Inkjet Proofing Solution is a complete drop-on-demand proofing solution. It includes the KODAK Proofing Software, a full line of KODAK Matchprint media and inks, and the latest inkjet printers for 2-up, 4-up or 8-up proofing, with consistency, stability, and image quality.

The KODAK IQSMART3 scanner provides an ideal solution for photographic professionals requiring top-quality scans with an efficient, versatile workflow. The scanner can streamline and accelerate the scanning workflow with consistently sharp images, automation, and high-speed production.