Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Kodak are moving clients into the future - 22-07-2011
Antalis is offering South African NexPress clients the opportunity to upgrade their machines
Kodak, one of today’s most iconic and innovative brands, are now offering South African Kodak NexPress clients the opportunity to upgrade their machines to the latest levels of technology.
Steve Swan, Business Manager for Kodak’s Digital Print Products, is spearheading the aptly named Churn Programme. Based in Dubai but hailing from the UK Steve has over 20 years of experience in the ever-changing and exciting print industry and joined Kodak 3 years ago taking the Middle East, Africa and Turkey regions under his wing.
“It’s quite incredible how, in a relatively short period of time, I’ve seen the digital print industry transformed. When it was first introduced into the market the technology was all but shunned by commercial printers; it simply didn’t have the same quality output as traditional litho printing. Nowadays the quality, colour and depth of digital printing is quite incredible and I credit Kodak with driving this revolution.” commented Steve Swan.
Kodak has introduced their Nexpress SE Series of Digital Production Colour Presses, the best in digital colour that now outpaces the competition and offers more applications that generate higher margins. This ultimately delivers groundbreaking productivity, quality and reliability – qualities that Kodak products have become synonymous with.
“Several customers have already taken up this generous and unique offer from Kodak, a move that we wholeheartedly support”. said Keith Solomon, Director of Antalis. “Kodak is driving the cost of digital printing equipment down whilst, at the same time, offering the best in class options’ with their five digital imaging stations. Once of their most revolutionary products to date is dimensional ink which offers customers the ability to actually feel their printing, alerting another sense is completely unique and ultimately very appealing to end users.” continued Solomon.
“Everything that Kodak produces has the end customer in mind. This approach really cements their desire and intention to draw additional revenue streams both for themselves as well as their clients – diversity is key in getting and staying ahead.” said Swan.
The Kodak Newpress front-end system improves file processing significantly. What’s more the Nexpress SE platform now features Print Genius, a suite of quality control tools and options that help manage and maintain peak quality throughout the production run.
The unique Kodak Nexpress Intelligent Calibration System (ICS) automates the process of checking and maintaining print uniformity. Newly formulated Kodak Nexpress enhanced dry ink and developers provide vibrant colours and consistent spot colour matching, smooth flat fields and gradients as well as the unique ability to match the ink gloss levels to the substrate being printed – ultimately enabling clients to realise consistently high image quality with reduced print waste, optimise running costs.
“A real show stopper for me is that our equipment is designed in conjunction with Heidelberg and is double the weight of any of our competition weighing in at more than 4 tonnes – it really is built to run 24/7. In a lifespan of 10 years clients will easily be producing anything from 50 – 200 million prints!
It’s a tough industry and I do find one of the most challenging aspects of my position is to educate print providers whose focus continues to be on price alone. Really what we should all be doing is looking to provide our customers with the best and most innovative way to make their mark. Kodak certainly champions that approach and it’s exciting to be part of this iconic force.” concluded Swan.