Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 108, providing a summary of major news items from the printing, publishing, packaging, digital, and communications technology sectors. PIND incorporates brief summaries and links to the week’s key news stories so that you can look up that all important detail, digging deeper behind the headline.
Reports suggest that the Eastman Kodak Co.’s fire sale is not going so well. Whilst both Apple and Google would appear to be interested, they are less excited about fighting each other in a bidding war. It would appear that bids for the 1,100 digital patents are well below the hoped for $500 million. Gareth Ward at the Print Business advises us of Plan B.
Meanwhile, whilst we all know that talking up company results is an essential ingredient in the mix these days, creating the headline “$82 million balance sheet turnaround for Kodak US” from a $299 million overall loss (v. a $135 million loss for the same period the year before) takes some fantastic imagination.
Cross Media 2012 is not far away! UK readers need to check out this show promoting what’s best in cross-platform marketing. Don’t get it? Then you really do need to be there to understand this huge and essential business opportunity. Six seminar theatres will showcase over 60 inspirational speakers.
New B2 press hardware from Ryobi has hit the headlines. The Ryobi 760E is a unitised version of their compact B2-format machine, which presumably opens the door for integration with Kodak’s Prosper digital heads on a compact machine, furthering the potential for printers seeking the best of both world’s. The announcement also highlighted UK Ryobi distributor Apex Digital Graphics’s involvement in the 2012 Printing Intelligently event.
Colour inkjet continues to expand in UK with Lightning Source installing Océ kit and beta-testing its kit in an on-demand service with US publisher O’Reilly Media.
It will come as no great surprise to readers of PIND, but the Guardian has highlighted the issues of failing to integrate appropriate technology in a timely and efficient manner. Whilst the article focuses on our local councils, the issues raised are appropriate to many large businesses.
To finish with we thought you might like to have a look at some forgotten Windows 7 features (according to our chums at Lifehacker that is). The same team also offer us 10 clever uses for Dropbox: if you are a fan of this cloud service it’s a good read; if you are not yet a Dropbox fan you should have a read to understand the potential power of the service.
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