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22 Apr 2021

Sustainability that Pays: Kodak's commitment to its customers and our planet

By Jim Continenza, Kodak’s Executive Chairman and CEO.

The past year reinforced in a profound way the irreplaceable value of people and our planet. There’s no greater way to show my appreciation than to be conscious and caring stewards of our communities, our countries, and, for executives like me, our companies. That’s a responsibility that I take very seriously.

I developed a deep appreciation for nature as I grew up in the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota. My passion for the environment sprang from being outdoors, marveling at nature, hiking, camping, fishing, snowmobiling and water sports. Its roots go deep, feeding my desire to protect this planet and to do what I can to influence others to do the same. 

The Kodak difference

As CEO of Kodak, I work to instill the value of sustainability across our company, from R&D to manufacturing to sales and service. We offer a full range of customer-focused products designed to deliver on the promise of “Print that Pays.” But now more than ever, our customers are seeing that sustainable, resource-efficient solutions also pay. For us that means saving massive amounts of water and energy, reducing chemical use and waste, and thinking about what we produce and how it’s made, cradle to grave.

Today’s market offers printers a proliferation of competing devices. My goal is to deliver solutions that are not only superior to other alternatives, but also backed by an unwavering company-wide commitment to preserving our environment. It is clear our customers and the public are becoming more aware of the imperative, and I believe it’s simply the right thing to do.

As an industry pioneer with deep knowledge of material science and thousands of print-related patents, Kodak will continue to innovate – especially when it comes to sustainability.

I believe that if a small organization can make a small difference, a big business like ours can make a huge difference.

Walking the talk

What we do today and tomorrow is how we’ll be measured, and all of us bear that responsibility. Here are some of the ways that Kodak operations are aligned with sustainability:

Process-free printing plates

Kodak was first to successfully commercialize a printing plate that requires no processing chemicals, while also saving water and energy versus conventional processed plates. Our KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates are in use by over 5,000 printers worldwide. We estimate that by using cost-saving SONORA plates instead of processed plates, the print industry is also saving:

-          3.74 million liters of plate developer per year
-          29 million kWh of electricity per year
-          468 million liters of water per year

That also means no more spent chemistry, wastewater, chemical containers, disposal, shipping and storage costs. That’s something that would make Mother Nature smile.

In addition, because there’s no processing variability, printers benefit from more consistent and stable plates that reduce time, waste, and cost in the pressroom. Our customers are helping their bottom lines while reducing their environmental impact.

Sustainable inks

Kodak’s award-winning water-based inks are more sustainable than conventional solvent-based inks. They contain several naturally occurring substances and do not contain PVC or phthalates, making them safer for printers, consumers, and the environment. In addition, because they are water-based, no harsh chemicals are required for cleanup. This keeps potentially harmful substances out of our waste stream and water supply.

Our printer control software features ink optimization capability, which reduces the consumption of CMY inks by applying a Gray Component Replacement (GCR) algorithm while ensuring the widest possible color gamut. In fact, not only are the colors virtually indistinguishable from offset lithography in print quality and reproduction consistency, the inks are safe for applications such as food packaging and personal care products.

Inkjet printers like our industry-leading KODAK PROSPER Presses are inherently more efficient and produce less waste because they can print for an audience of one with zero make-ready and no need for overprints to inventory. That’s sustainability that pays!

Workflow software

Sustainability is not only about resource efficiency, it’s also about ensuring a successful and profitable future. A platform-centric approach to automation is not a luxury, it’s a prerequisite for relevance in years to come. Automation and integration save money by reducing waste, maximizing ink utilization, and eliminating costly manual errors. Together, they serve as the catalyst for data insights that provide printers with operational trends, efficiency opportunities and new areas of revenue potential. 

Digital, end-to-end transformation is the key to sustainability. KODAK PRINERGY On Demand is the industry’s only single, smart, and secure end-to-end software platform for an entire print organization, designed for sustainable growth.

Planet-friendly programs

Beyond saving water and energy, in addition to reducing carbon and chemistry, we’ve put measures in place to reduce waste in our operations and manufacturing and supply chains. At Eastman Business Park, we collaborate with 30 companies and organizations on a solvent recovery program. In addition, our suppliers know that to earn Kodak’s business, they have to step up with more eco-friendly products and more sustainable operations.

Top to bottom mindset

According to a 2019 report from the Environmental Defense Fund, 9 in 10 business leaders said consumers would hold them accountable for the environmental impact they make through their business. The reality is that our customers care, so we and those with whom we work must also care. At Kodak, sustainability is inherent in our culture and backed by board-level support. We’re listening!

Looking ahead

When I became CEO of Kodak, I brought a vision for what this company could be, informed by experience and inspired by my personal values. My conviction that people will do the right thing is unshakeable. I believe that as humans we are all connected, regardless of belief or boundary. Kodak has long been a leader, embodying the spirit of American innovation. With our sustainability programs, greener processes, and like-minded employees, we’re showing the way again.

My home state of pristine rivers and lakes is also known as the North Star State. My own guiding star in business has been aligning company goals with what’s right for the planet, an approach that’s essential to the development of environmentally sustainable practices. As we continue to innovate in materials, processes and software, delivering on the promise of “Print that Pays,” the sustainability imperative will always be our true north compass point.
 

Kodak, Sonora, Prosper and Prinergy are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.

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20 Apr 2021

Creating Print Workflow Integration Success: Strategy, Assessment and Connection

By Todd Bigger, VP of Print, Eastman Kodak Company

When was the last time you reviewed your workflow? Not only a look at the modules and features, but the integration points that make it possible to share data and update business systems. Even a cursory look will tell you that those integration points are essential to the health of the business, which is why reviewing the current state of your workflow integration, and your options for creating an end-to-end workflow that shares data across the business is essential to long-term growth.

Looking at Your Workflows
Do you have an integration strategy? The best practice is to define and document your approach to integration and test every project against those integration policies. You should define the requirements for data exchange so that all processes share data in real time. In a typical integration project, there may be hundreds of elements to consider, custom code to be written to cross application boundaries, APIs to be updated, and SDKs to be integrated, all needing project management and testing.

Working without a strategy is like a meeting without an agenda. We all gather around a table and start talking about what we think is important. Processes, pain points, bottlenecks and ideas all compete for mindshare. At the end of the meeting there are a few action items that update processes or solve pain points.

Even if you have defined a strategy, a look at your current integration state may uncover gaps. You may find that the work needed to create seamless integration isn’t done. Look for partly installed workflow suites, islands of custom code (usually undocumented), and incomplete integrations. You may find data feeds that should be connected are missing, causing team members to manually enter needed data or to make decisions without relevant data. Incomplete integrations can stem from running out of professional services budget, inability to find integration resources, or difficulties in working with legacy blocks of code. The result is partial integration that never realizes the promise of operational efficiency. Even in a JDF-certified workflow, if the integration points aren’t connected, data cannot flow and inform, so you won’t realize the benefits of true integration.

Your integration investigation may uncover more than incomplete projects. It may uncover multiple software products intended to accomplish the same tasks. It isn’t uncommon to find multiple web-to-print and digital storefront variations alongside elements of estimating, scheduling, inventory management, and shop floor data collection tools from partially installed suites and departmental acquisitions meant to solve specific challenges. Tools may be sitting on dedicated appliances and servers, while others may sit in the cloud.

When multiple tools exist, they each work in their own way. They format the data they gather and pass in ways specific to their architecture. Two different web-to-print environments can be gathering specifications and passing them using parameters with different names. Different products may use different naming conventions for how files are stored, and profiles are maintained. Every variation is a pain point. This is the path to directories filled with custom code that may not be aging gracefully, and which must be maintained and reviewed with every software update.

When there are multiple locations, the impact is magnified. People spend time resolving the differences, or they write custom code to try to normalize them. Don’t be surprised to find that some elements of essential busines information are kept in private spreadsheets and re-keyed into primary business systems. To position for growth, this is a great time to look for a true end-to-end workflow that doesn’t rely on custom code, proprietary appliances and servers, or teams of professional services contractors with limited knowledge of the products, all working to a budget. This is the time to look for a single partner with a comprehensive solution and a team ready to create your integration success.

Successful Integration Planning
Integration is more than connecting multiple solutions. Simple connections may not adequately support the workflow architecture. The best practice is to ensure that all systems of record can share data, so look for solutions that provide seamless, end-to-end business integration, not just production shop integration.

The PRINERGY on Demand Business Solution is the only solution is the market that meets these integration requirements. With Microsoft and PrintVIS forming a solid infrastructure with Prinergy, there is no need to hire an army of integration contractors or IT experts. The Kodak team evaluates the existing environment, builds a plan to ensure that data flows between the business and production systems, and quotes a price to deliver a complete end-to-end business system. One vendor. One solution. Complete integration.

Another advantage is the platform, which is cloud based for flexibility and scalability. Working with the Microsoft platform provides integration with both Microsoft 365 and Teams, two of the most widely used business tools. It also brings PowerBI to the integration, ensuring that every member of the team has access to the dashboards needed for both simple and complex business decisions. Going forward, the data locked inside MIS and ERP systems is freed to work for the entire business bringing operational efficiency to every department.

With PRINERGY on Demand you are connected today and tomorrow. By building on the industry-leading Microsoft platform, even as new features are added, the connections remain constant. The result is reliability. Sales teams know that their data is accurate, estimations are based on current costs, and discount rates are optimized for the business. Production management has the information they need for task and machine scheduling, and inventory replenishment. Management has the overview they require and the ability to do deep dives by department as they look for growth opportunities. The result is an empowered, integrated workflow, where every function connects to future-proof your business.

To hear more from Todd, join us at virtual.drupa on Tuesday April 20 at 3:20pm CET / 9:20am EST for Kodak's web session: A single Platform Workflow Solution: One Vendor. One Workflow. Fully Managed. by Todd Bigger, Kodak's VP of Print. Register here: https://events.drupa.de/en/event/a-single-platform-workflow-solution-one-vendor-one-workflow-fully-managed

Kodak and Prinergy are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company

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07 Apr 2021

Kodak to present game-changing technology that helps commercial, publication and packaging printers boost their profitability at virtual.drupa 2021

Rochester, NY, March 25, 2021 – Kodak’s unrivaled 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, 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 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.

·         The KODAK NEXFINITY Digital Press, which boasts the versatility printers need to handle a wide range of jobs with maximum productivity. NEXFINITY offers unprecedented sheet-fed flexibility regarding substrates, sheet sizes and thicknesses along with production using a wide selection of special inks in its Fifth Imaging Unit.

·         KODAK 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 gives customers a single platform to work from and one vendor to work with, eliminating hidden costs and finger pointing.

·         SONORA XTRA, Kodak’s next-generation process free plate delivering 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 with T-speed, the world’s fastest 8-page CTP device, is capable of imaging up to 80 plates per hour.

·         The KODAK MAGNUS Q4800 Platesetter, a new solution for extra-large format (XLF) plate imaging, offering the fastest throughput for XLF size plates 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:

·         A single Platform Workflow Solution: One vendor. One Workflow. Fully managed. – Tuesday, April 20, 15:20–15:50 CET

·         Digital Agility for a Changing Market – Wednesday, April 21, 15:20–15:50 CET

·         New Process Free Plate Technology Makes Going Green Easy for All Printers – Thursday, April 22, 15:20–15:50 CET

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.

About Kodak

Kodak is a global technology company focused on print and advanced materials & chemicals. We provide industry-leading hardware, software, consumables and services primarily to customers in commercial print, packaging, publishing, manufacturing and entertainment. We are committed to environmental stewardship and ongoing leadership in developing sustainable solutions. Our broad portfolio of superior products, responsive support and world-class R&D make Kodak solutions a smart investment for customers looking to improve their profitability and drive growth. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at Kodak.com and engage with us on Twitter @KodakPrint and on LinkedIn at Kodak Print

Kodak, MAGNUS, NEXFINITY, PRINERGY, PROSPER ULTRA, SONORA XTRA and ULTRASTREAM are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company. Uteco and Sapphire are trademarks of the Uteco Group (Uteco Converting S.p.A.).

Media Contact: Gill Beard, Kodak, +44 (0)192 365 2727, gillian.beard@kodak.com

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