Shoreham-by-Sea, UK

Gemini Print Group

Partnering with Kodak on innovative technologies empowers Gemini Print to future-proof their business

Company

Forward-looking print and creative services firm with 3 UK locations, 150 people, and 50+ years in the industry

Challenge

Find technologies and partnerships that advance the business's sustainability, efficiency, and security

Kodak Solution

SONORA Process Free Plates

PRINERGY Platform

MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter

"We started looking at where we needed to be in certain areas of the business such as automation, servers, and data security...We knew Kodak had that offer with PRINERGY On Demand, so we approached them."
Steve Cropper, Managing Director, Gemini Print
Gemini 2 Cropper
Steve Cropper, now Managing Director of Gemini Print, has been with the company for 35+ years
PRINERGY Workflow monitor
Gemini Print was the UK's first customer of Kodak's cloud-based PRINERGY Platform
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Introduction

A busy commercial offset and digital print firm with three UK locations, Gemini Print Group believes in investing in new technologies that empower the business to evolve with the times. Their Kodak partnership of 20+ years has played a key role in implementing upgrades and establishing a road map for ongoing growth.

The Business Need

Since its origins in 1971, Gemini Print Group has evolved from a small print shop to a full-service creative, marketing, and print firm that takes pride in being a valued partner to customers. They've similarly relied on their own suppliers to be strong partners that help them grow the business through such challenges as recessions, mergers and acquisitions, Brexit, and a global pandemic. Over a partnership of 20+ years Gemini Print has turned to Kodak for ways to put their environmental sustainability values tangibly into action, as well as smart technology investments that improve the business's automation and efficiency, data security, and stability under changing work conditions and unpredictable global circumstances.

The Kodak Solution

Aiming for changes with a real sustainability impact, in 2016 Gemini Print became an early UK adopter of the first generation of KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates, implementing them across the business. Eliminating the chemicals, water, and energy use of plate processing immediately slashed the firm's environmental footprint and established them as a visible industry leader in greener print production. That same year they worked with Kodak to revamp operations, upgrading their KODAK MAGNUS Q800 Platesetters and KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Software, adding the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal for remote proofing, and reevaluating workflow across both offset equipment and several legacy Kodak digital presses. They're using the PRINERGY Workflow automation features to improve efficiency of their online portal, delivery tracking, design and mailing services, and more. Most recently, Gemini turned to Kodak to explore how to better integrate all their software, including their print MIS, plus streamline processes and reduce tech maintenance. The answer: cloud computing, and in 2020 they became the first UK business to implement the fully cloud-based KODAK PRINERGY Platform.

The Outcome

Process-free platemaking has been just one part of Gemini Print's sustainability efforts: in 2019 they received a KODAK SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award, with one of the top scores in Europe and the UK, based on assessments of 16 areas across their operations. Their PRINERGY Platform cloud solution set them up for success through the pandemic, eliminating their on-premise servers and seamlessly integrating remote access to software and job files for both staff and customers. They no longer have to worry about server maintenance, software upgrades, or data security—all of that is now part of the cloud platform handled by Kodak, so Gemini staff can focus exclusively on their customers. With their ongoing Kodak partnership to help tackle new challenges and opportunities, the company is optimistic about the future ahead.

"Switching to KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates was just one of the many ways we could do our bit for the environment."
Steve Cropper, Managing Director, Gemini Print

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