ARS Graphics installs Kodak Nexpress, expands digital printing capabilities

Formal inauguration of the digital production workhorseKodak has recently installed Kodak Nexpress digital production colour press at ARS Graphics, Delhi. Lois Lebegue, managing director – Asia Pacific Region, Kodak, inaugurated the digital production workhorse at ARS Graphics’ premises. Also present were Bhalchandra Nikumb, managing director – India Cluster, Kodak and the Kodak sales and service team who have worked towards successful installation of the Nexpress. ARS Graphics, a CtP service bureau, had installed the first Kodak VLF CtP Platesetter in India. A Kodak plates customer since 2010, ARS Graphics is churning about 1500 sq m of plates every month. Focused on customer needs, Sunil Chauhan, director, ARS Graphics, has built a competitive advantage with differentiated services.

full-fledged pre-press and finishing setup, including a 70+ strong team including salespersons, marketing personnel, creative designers and support staff. With the advantage of an existing customer base that demands high-quality applications, he had felt the importance of diversifying into digital printing.

Sunil Chauhan says, “Our digital printing capabilities supplement our offset services. The Kodak Nexpress differentiates us in the market and opens new avenues for business. After the installation of the Kodak Nexpress, a number of our offset clients have added digital work to their operations. We have also seen an increase in the number of new clients as a result of the new digital offerings we can produce. With the Nexpress, we can cater to new trends in the market by printing high-quality, short-run jobs. We have ventured into photo book printing, a high-growth segment that delivers quick ROI. The unique Fifth-Imaging Unit Solutions are an added bonus, enabling us to push the boundaries of digital print and establish our position in the printing market as a unique solution provider.”

On the installation, Sunil Chauhan adds, “The Nexpress gives extremely accurate frontback registration and consistent colour reproduction. The high productivity of the Nexpress is synonymous with the business growth we envision in digital print production. Also, the speed of DFE in processing files reduces the overall time taken to process a job, giving us the opportunity to take on higher volumes. Our long-standing relationship with Kodak, and their consistent sales and service support were equally important deciding factors for our investment in the Nexpress.” Currently printing 50,000 visiting cards per day on the Kodak Nexpress, ARS Graphics expects to boost the volume of visiting cards printed to over 3,00,000 per day.

While, Ramani Viswanathan, vice president – sales – Digital Printing Solutions at Kodak quoted, “The Kodak Nexpress provides versatility, photographic image quality, and benchmark productivity for high-value print applications, while mixing easily into a full-service printing environment.”

As a perfect live example, a job of 5,300 visiting cards with Dimensional Ink was produced during a thirty minute time frame at the inauguration ceremony - a testament of the productivity and capability of the Kodak Nexpress.

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