Ricoh & Kodak Announce U.S. Reseller Agreement11 Sep, 2007
Ricoh & Kodak Announce U.S. Reseller Agreement
CHICAGO – Ricoh Americas Corporation and Eastman Kodak Company announced a United States reseller agreement today at GRAPH EXPO 2007. Ricoh will now offer four KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Presses to its customers in the in-plant, data center and graphic arts markets, as well as KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions and KODAK MARKETMOVER Business Development Services. NEXPRESS Products can be viewed during Graph Expo at Ricoh’s booth (#3046) as well as Kodak’s booth (#1246).
“Kodak is excited to develop a solid relationship in market segments beyond our traditionally strong position in commercial printing and we believe customers will see significant value from the alliance between Kodak and Ricoh,” said Kevin Joyce, managing director, United States and Canada, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group.
As part of the agreement, Ricoh’s newly formed Production Printing Business Group (PPBG) will sell the KODAK NEXPRESS 2100, 2100 Plus, and 2500 Digital Production Color Presses, and the new KODAK NEXPRESS S3000 Digital Production Color Press. Ricoh’s PPBG direct sales and engineering staff will work side-by-side with Kodak representatives to assist Ricoh customers in implementing new digital production color capabilities. Service will be provided by KODAK Service and Support.
The NEXPRESS System delivers unique advantages that other digital color presses cannot match. The NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions enable businesses to print with in-line coating, glossing or a fifth color to expand the printing gamut and reproduce spot colors. In addition, NEXPRESS Systems can be utilized for printing on various size and weight paper stocks.
This week at Graph Expo, Ricoh announced the creation of PPBG. The group is dedicated to developing Ricoh’s product portfolio and infrastructure dedicated to production environments.
“The development of Ricoh’s production color strategy is vitally important as PPBG evolves as a major player in the production printing market space,” said Carl Joachim, vice president of marketing for PPBG. “We are extremely excited about the future of our relationship with Kodak. Ricoh’s color strategy will be built on a combination of enhancing our current high volume offerings in light production environments, leveraging the synergy made possible through our relationship with Kodak and new R&D initiatives currently underway.”