Kodak and manroland web systems GmbH have signed an agreement to integrate the KODAK PROSPER S20 and S30 Imprinting Systems into webpress lines. The integration will enable high-value variable print for newspaper applications. Based in Augsburg, Germany, manroland web systems is a 170-year-old web press manufacturer focused on the newspaper and publishing markets and will become the first worldwide reseller and OEM partner focused on the newspaper industry utilizing KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology.
“We appreciate the technology and engineering experience that manroland web systems brings to this partnership,” said Eric Owen, Vice President of WW Sales & Business Development for Kodak’s Digital Printing & Enterprise Business. “They understand how to mount print heads, control speed and micro-movements and make appropriate adjustments, resulting in a head that is positioned at the right location for printing. This creates a true advantage for customers.”
Dieter Betzmeier, Executive Vice President, Technology & Project Execution, manroland web systems said: “The addition of the S-Series print head technology from Kodak enables us to create new opportunities for our newspaper applications as well as the other markets that we participate in. Personalized advertising, micro-zoning, logistics, codes and gaming customization are just a few applications which are enabled through the use of variable print. Our engineering expertise has allowed us to offer sophisticated integration kits to our web press customers, enabling a high degree of automation for adjusting performance and delivering proven success. The result is a highly flexible automated system that can be integrated into every web press.”
These new systems are available in the market currently and customers around the world are already taking advantage of these high-value personalized print opportunities.