Kodak customer and Lighthouse Award recipient Continental Web Press is celebrating
its latest milestone—40 years in the printing business—by moving into a new
market. The family-owned company has operated as a web printer since 1973 and
recently expanded into digital print with the help of a KODAK NEXPRESS SX3300
Digital Production Color Press. Continental Web Press is now achieving greater profitability
through its differentiated services and enters its next chapter with an eye
toward continued growth.
“We are always looking for ways to provide
more value-added services to our customers, and the NEXPRESS Press takes our
capabilities a step further,” said Ken Field Sr., Continental Web Press
Co-owner, Executive Vice President and Director of Marketing.
Continental Web Press is a one-stop shop
that specializes in a range of integrated solutions from production to
fulfillment. The company, a G7 Master Qualified Printer, primarily produces high-quality
applications such as catalogues, newspaper inserts, magazines, direct mail and marketing
collateral. The KODAK
NEXPRESS SX3300 Press with the long-sheet option was
installed in late 2012 as a response to growing customer requests for digital
NEXPRESS SX Press supports a range of substrate types,
sizes, weights and thicknesses, including more than 800 standard offset substrates.
The platform features KODAK NEXPRESS HD Dry Ink, which provides smooth
continuous tones for exceptional imaging, and Print Genius, a suite of
productivity and quality control tools which automate tasks for consistency
throughout production runs.
Continental Web Press is experiencing
increased productivity thanks to the 26-inch long sheet. With 27 percent more
printable area, the long sheet helps Continental Web Press optimize application
layout for reduced waste.
The high efficiency of the KODAK NEXPRESS SX
Digital Production Color Platform has encouraged many of Continental Web Press’s
existing web press customers to add additional digital jobs to their orders.
The company also markets the capabilities of the KODAK
NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solution to help attract new
customers with features such as dimensional printing, gloss and spot color,
in-line watermarking and coating in a single pass.
“We’re delivering quality digital work,
including highly-personalized 1:1 direct mail jobs, and gaining greater
flexibility when it comes to accommodating customer requests. We’re now
exceeding expectations in terms of our capabilities and often turning around
jobs in less than 48 hours,” said Field.
Kodak also offered another benefit which
Field saw as a main selling point for the NEXPRESS Platform: upgradability. Any
new NEXPRESS Press feature Kodak introduces to the market can be added as an
upgrade to most previous machines, which helps to protect the printer’s
investment and enhances the machine based on the needs of the company.
The decision to invest in KODAK Technology
was an easy one according to Field. Kodak had been a supplier to Continental
Web Press since the company first started. Today, with two locations, the
company maintains an extensive portfolio of KODAK Products ranging from plates
to platesetters and even workflow.
“We’ve always used KODAK Products and
loyalty means a lot. When you’ve been in a good relationship with someone for
40 years, the word ‘partner’ is quite important,” said Field. “The Kodak team
has been there along the way to solve our problems and help us achieve our
goals through top-notch products.”
Continental Web Press utilizes the KODAK
MAGNUS VLF Platesetter, KODAK
MAGNUS 800 Platesetter and KODAK TRENDSETTER Platesetter
for its web press printing. These CTP devices deliver high-quality thermal
imaging, advanced automation and high productivity. Continental Web Press also
relies on KODAK THERMAL PLATINUM Plates to ensure imaging accuracy and KODAK
PRINERGY EVO Workflow to streamline prepress production
through increased automation.
“Continental Web Press has enjoyed great
success over the years by listening to its customers and addressing their needs
head-on. Expanding into digital printing was not only a great opportunity for
the company in a business sense, but also enables it to better serve its
customers,” said Jerry Miller, Kodak’s Vice President and General Manager of US&C
Digital Printing Solutions. “Whether customers request variable-data printing
or high-volume, full-color applications within expedited turnarounds, the
NEXPRESS Press will deliver the reliable results they want.”
About Kodak’s Commercial Imaging Business
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