Printers from all sectors are finding out just how effective the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press can be in creating results that help expand their portfolio of services to support existing customers and help win new business.
The array of businesses adopting KODAK Technology for use in a wide range of sectors include Drukkerij De Bie, a Belgian specialist in personalized calendars and mailings, commercial printing and magazines; UK photo product provider, Printer Pix and UK commercial printer Maygray; Dutch print house Gildeprint Drukkerijen and Dutch full-service print provider Molenberg Media as well as German commercial printers AlsterWerk and Häuser KG.
Productivity increased by Kodak’s integrated solutions
Drukkerij De Bie’s KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press, two KODAK MAGNUS Platesetters and the KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System have increased productivity and reduced reprints resulting in time and cost savings and happier customers.
“The KODAK NEXPRESS Press offers excellent registration,” states Director Bart De Bie. “You can print flat areas perfectly clean. This digital press also lets us create higher value products that inspire customers, especially with its four-colour and dimensional applications. For example, a mailer that combines an extra ink or coating with a personalized greeting creates a striking impact. And the outstanding quality remains constant, regardless of the print run.”
Investing in ecologically responsible equipment, such as solar panels and heat pumps is part of Drukkerij De Bie’s operational ethos. “For an environmentally aware organization like ours, KODAK NEXPRESS HD Dry Inks presented another strong argument for choosing Kodak,” says De Bie adding: “There is no way we could adopt ink technology that cannot be easily de-inked. The impact has been huge.”
Picturing a brighter future
Print Express, the commercial corporate division of the Syncoms group, is building a successful photobook business at Printer Pix utilising a KODAK NEXPRESS Photo 3900 Press. Printer Pix is the new division of the Syncoms group of companies based on five sites in South Ruislip, UK and focuses on the photographic and consumer market.
Murtaza Daya, Chief Innovation Officer at Print Express says: “The photo market is growing exponentially. Personal photography plays a huge part in keeping our memories alive and through the medium of mobile devices and web-based communication channels, we are enabling our customers to upload, store and share their images on a global scale. With the KODAK NEXPRESS 3900 Press, we can also offer them the option to order online and treasure their images by preserving them in high-quality leather-bound photobooks.”
The KODAK NEXPRESS 3900 Press has the Long Sheet option and an automatic roll feeder so the operators can combine continuous feed and sheet-fed options from the drawers. Daya says that Print Express chose the press essentially from the operator’s standpoint, as there is very little downtime. With sheet-fed jobs, the company can change substrates very quickly with the automatic feed from the drawers. Alternatively, the continuous web-feed allows the NEXPRESS Press to run 22 hours a day with no disruptions. “We have total confidence in this machine. There is a depth of image to the printed product from the NEXPRESS Press,” explains Daya. “The sharpness in the detail and the vivid colour contrast bring vibrancy to all printed matter. The great thing about Kodak is it wants to work with us and is constantly looking at how to develop products that meet the trends in the marketplace. It is a partnership more than anything else. We share the same goals—to support the customer and the end user and to make a difference.”