FormStore Expands Business Model with KODAK Solutions
KODAK digital print solutions help FormStore Incorporated meet growing customer demand for high impact, quick turnaround printing as it grows its new business with digital printing.
St. Louis-based FormStore Incorporated launched its progressive digital print initiative with a five color KODAK NEXPRESS 2100 Plus Digital Production Color Press, a KODAK NEXGLOSSER Glossing Unit, a KODAK DIRECTPRESS 5634 DI Digital Offset Press and a KODAK DIGIMASTER E125 Digital Production System. Most recently, the progressive digital print provider purchased an additional KODAK NEXPRESS 2500 Digital Production Color Press and upgraded its KODAK NEXPRESS 2100 Plus Press.
“Installing these KODAK digital solutions has provided us with a wide range of digital print options for our customers by expanding our services,” said Paul Edwards, President, FormStore. “As a trade based manufacturer, our partnership with Kodak has helped us grow our business with digital printing, which, in turn, helps our clients and their customers.”
FormStore, whose trade partners primarily serve customers in the healthcare, education, travel, financial, government and manufacturing industries, has been a leading manufacturer of patented LASERWELL® Plus laser printable membership identification card documents for more than 20 years. FormStore recently created a digitally printable integrated magnet solution called DigiMagnet.
Two years ago, the company purchased the trio of KODAK Digital Print Solutions. Now FormStore is expanding its physical plant for the digital business and upgrading its original NEXPRESS 2100 Plus Press to the faster 2500 model.
“Since we already own a KODAK NEXPRESS 2100 Digital Production Color Press and a DIRECTPRESS 5634 DI Press, we’re very familiar with KODAK products, which is a bonus for our print operators,” added Edwards. “We trust the reliability and appreciate the ease of use of these KODAK solutions.”
The KODAK NEXPRESS 2500Press meets a variety of needs, from entry level to very high volume environments. Customers are able to upgrade presses as they grow their businesses with options to select desired paper capacity, increase processing capability, and add a fifth imaging unit for delivery of spot color, watermarking and protective coating with the GATF InterTech Award-winning KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions. The fifth imaging unit solutions also enable high impact glossing in conjunction with the NEXGLOSSER Glossing Unit.
According to Edwards, he decided to add a NEXGLOSSER Glossing Unit to the NEXPRESS 2500 Press for the “significantly differentiating look it adds to posters, postcards, booklet covers, sell sheets and brochures.”
The NEXGLOSSER Glossing Unit features KODAK NEXPRESS Clear Dry Ink, which delivers enhanced image quality and a laminate like gloss for higher marketing impact. The NEXGLOSSER Glossing Unit is useful on book covers, postcards and similar materials.
The KODAK DIGIMASTER EX138 Digital Production System, a new speed model to address a critical production space, features improved job management, robust and user friendly front end capabilities, higher large format paper capacity, and fully integrated finishing. The DIGIMASTER E125 System helps users grow their businesses by offering applications such as varying sizes, saddle stitched booklets, on demand short run books and color integrated workflows.
Edwards said an opportunity to grow FormStore’s relationship with Kodak is one of the main reasons for the company’s expansion into digital printing. FormStore has partnered with Kodak as a KODAK MARKETMOVER member and is working toward building designs and solutions that will become part of Kodak’s MARKETMOVER Services portal.
“As a MARKETMOVER member, Kodak has helped us with business development, providing us with excellent demonstration tools and marketing guidelines,” Edwards added.
The KODAK MARKETMOVER Network, powered by Four51, provides digital printers with access to the latest technology to build relationships with other printers and expand the opportunities to efficiently outsource projects. It pairs marketing managers and print buyers with the best available resources to get jobs printed efficiently and effectively. MARKETMOVER Network members are better able to serve their customers by having access to a global network, enabling them to add new services and better manage the technology they have today.
More information about FormStore Incorporated is available at http://www.formstore.com or by calling 800-325-9583, ext. 1300.
KODAK products are backed by KODAK Service and Support. KODAK Service and Support is made up of more than 3,000 professionals reaching more than 120 countries. It is a leading multi-vendor integrated services provider, delivering consulting, installation, maintenance and support services for the commercial printing, graphic communications, document imaging and data storage industries. KODAK Service and Support professionals are uniquely qualified to provide services that control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.
About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator. With sales of $10.7 billion in 2006, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using KODAK solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; and Creative Professionals rely on KODAK technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images.
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