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Kodak’s Discusses Digital Printing Solutions At INTERQUEST 2010 Digital Book Forum

March 4, 2010

ROCHESTER, NY—03/04/2010—At the fifth annual INTERQUEST 2010 Digital Book Printing Forum, Kodak’s Eric Owen will discuss trends in the book market and ways that book publishers and printers can improve supply chain and operational efficiencies with Kodak’s digital book production solutions. Owen, Worldwide Market Development Director, Digital Printing Solutions for Kodak, will participate in the Leading Vendors Executive Panel from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. on March 9 at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square.

“A series of trends in book publishing, such as shorter run lengths, supply chain waste, the popularity of e-books and the rise of self-publishing, has put the book market at a tipping point,” said Owen. “For publishers seeking a new business model based on these trends, our digital printing systems allow for efficient, just-in-time production of books for run-lengths up to 7,000. These digital solutions take costs out of the supply chain while delivering offset class quality.”

For print service providers, digital printing provides tremendous gains in productivity and flexibility to adapt to market changes. For publishers, the process of digitally printing short runs through just-in-time production helps reduce print overruns, which cuts down on obsolete products and the need for costly warehousing.

Kodak’s technologies and solutions for digital book production include the KODAK PROSPER Press Platform featuring KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, KODAK NEXPRESS    and NEXPRESS SE Digital Production Color Presses and the KODAK DIGIMASTER EX Production Platform.

Book printers will discuss how digital solutions such as these help transform their business during the Book Printers Progress Report Panel at 1:30 p.m. Participants include Jac Garner, President of Webcrafters, Inc., a nationally recognized book printer that continues to expand its digital print operations. The company will install a KODAK PROSPER 5000XL Press later this year to improve the management of low- to mid-volume book titles. Webcrafters’ digital print capabilities currently include three KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Presses for producing run lengths between one and 300.

“Webcrafters continually incorporates the latest digital print solutions from Kodak including NEXPRESS—and soon the PROSPER Press—which are key to enabling us to provide our customers the highest quality and best productivity,” said Garner. “With the PROSPER Press, we’ll be able to print more books in shorter runs and help publishers better manage their inventory.”

The transformational KODAK PROSPER Press Platform allows for offset class quality, productivity and cost across a wide range of coated and uncoated commercial print applications. The KODAK PROSPER 5000XL Press for color applications is capable of print quality that rivals offset output up to 175 lpi on uncoated, coated, and glossy papers ranging from 45 to 300 grams per square meter or 30 to 200 pound text weight. With its automated Color Management and Image Quality Management System, this robust and high performance inkjet web press helps customers differentiate themselves and drive profitability by delivering quality, productivity and lower total cost of operations for short run color books up to 4,000, fully customized direct mail, versioned catalog, magazines and insert applications.

The KODAK PROSPER 1000 Press for monochrome applications is a robust and high-performance inkjet web press solution that is field upgradable to color and helps customers differentiate themselves and drive profitability. The PROSPER 1000 Press delivers quality, productivity and economics that drive operational and supply chain savings for short run books up to run-lengths of 7,000.

Ideal for cover applications, Kodak’s NEXPRESS Presses help book publishers produce consistent exceptional color quality while incorporating higher value and higher margin photo press products into their book publishing operations. Available with the KODAK Fifth Imaging Unit Solution, NEXPRESS Presses also feature Dimensional Printing. The KODAK NEXPRESS Intelligent Dimensional Coating Solution and KODAK NEXPRESS Dimensional Clear Dry Ink combine to give specified text and images a raised or 3D effect to differentiate and add value to the creative piece. The KODAK NEXPRESS Dimensional Printing System was awarded a 2009 InterTech Technology Award, the highest honor for innovation in the graphic communications industry.

The KODAK DIGIMASTER EX Production Platform offers book publishers exceptional flexibility with a wide range of robust system components that integrate seamlessly to produce high-volume black and white books. The inline folding, binding, trimming and on-demand book publishing capabilities give publishers full production power and flexibility to take on a broad array of high-value, high-volume applications—and deliver them with the quick turnaround, superb print quality, and a variety of finishing options readers demand.

Tying all elements into a single unified workflow for blended offset and digital production environments are KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions. Unified Workflow Solutions comprise the KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System and family of KODAK INSITE Products.

The 2010 Digital Book Printing Forum is organized by INTERQUEST in partnership with Book Business magazine. A market and technology research and consulting firm, INTERQUEST serves the digital printing and publishing industry.

KODAK Products are backed by KODAK Service and Support. KODAK Service and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals in 120 countries. It is a leading multi-vendor integrated services provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging, data storage and retail industries. KODAK Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.

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