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Collins Ink Terminates Agreement with Kodak Versamark

Jim Hamilton
 Oct 14, 2011

In an announcement that it posted on its web site on Tuesday, Collins Ink stated that it was ending its agreement to provide inkjet ink to Kodak Versamark printers. It said that its customers would be able to purchase Collins-branded inks directly from Collins at prices that it noted would be lower than Kodak’s.

In response to the Collins announcement Kodak released the following statement, which was published nearly in its entirety in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle:

“Collins Ink abruptly and without justification breached its contract to supply inks for Kodak Versamark digital printing systems. This shows a tremendous disregard for our customers’ needs. Ensuring a continuous supply of matched, high-quality inks with inkjet printheads for our Versamark customers is of utmost importance to Kodak, and we are committed to delivering an uninterrupted flow of ink.”

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Inkjet Announcements Highlight China Print 2009

Jim Hamilton
 May 21, 2009

The high-speed inkjet market is expanding rapidly. One recent indication of this is the number of inkjet-related product developments that turned up at China Print 2009 (May 12th to 16th in Beijing). Held every four years, China Print’s organizers expected to have about 1,000 exhibitors and more than 200,000 visitors. It is the largest show in the region and some people believe that the next China Print (in 2013) will be larger than drupa 2012. China Print 2009 was split out over eight sizeable halls, most of which were focused on traditional printing and finishing technologies. There was, nonetheless, significant production digital print activity including many inkjet products for wide format, high-speed document, and packaging applications. The bulk of the inkjet activity was centered in Hall E2, which was also where much of the toner-based digital print technology was located.

The first indication that inkjet would be a big theme of the show was Kodak’s announcement that it would show its monochrome Stream technology there. Stream is capable of speeds of 1,000 feet-per-minute (305 meters-per-minute) at a resolution of 600 dots per inch. It supports a print width of 10.56 cm and uses pigment-based inks. The samples shown at China Print were comparable to the ones handed out at Graph Expo and show strong monochrome quality at very high speed. China Print was the official launch for the monochrome Stream product. Kodak reported that the color launch is also on schedule. Expect to see new branding for Stream in the coming weeks. Not only was the monochrome Stream technology up and running at the booth, Kodak also showed a Versamark VL2000.

Kodak monochrome Stream inkjet

Kodak monochrome Stream inkjet

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