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Monday, October 20, 2014

Kodak Highlights Industry Relationships and Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.1 at Annual GUA Conference

Attendees of the ninth annual conference of the Graphic Users’ Association of Kodak Solutions (GUA) gathered in Sofia in the first week of October, where connectivity, workflow and integration were the topics under discussion at the highly successful three day event.

More than 120 Kodak customers and GUA community members attended the event, which showcased the release of Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.1 with the full Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions portfolio. As part of a twin-track conference agenda led by worldwide and regional experts, the Prinergy Workflow product roadmap was explored in detail. Alongside product presentations, customer board members hosted in-depth sessions with Kodak’s product support teams to share the opportunities afforded by improved MIS connectivity, increased automation and Prinergy Workflow’s market leading support of industry standards. A focus on industry relationships with vendors including EFI, Compris, PrintVis, Arden Software and the recently announced agreement with PACKZ, further underscores Kodak’s commitment to customers and the connectivity of their solutions.

Incorporating industry insight, technology innovations and live demonstrations held at the Innovation Technology Lab, the programme was structured to help maximise customer return on investment and provide unrivalled networking and learning opportunities. The GUA board lead the delivery of a diverse agenda of valuable content, whilst attendees were also able to participate in live panel discussions for the first time in the event’s nine-year history. Another first for the event saw the inclusion of a session by GWG to share the latest thinking on PDF best practice and standardisation with Peter Claes being on hand to answer customers’ questions for the entire conference and help translate theory into practice.

In addition, the GUA Board took the opportunity to reveal its new members. Samer Sabri Abdel Qader from Masar Printing & Publishing and Johan Vanoeteren from Roularta Media Group join the board alongside the addition of Peter Hulsmans(Kodak’s Regional Marketing Manager Output Devices & Workflow Systems) and Katleen Verbeeck (Kodak’s EAMER Marketing Communication Manager UWS, PS and Packaging). Mr Qader, from the United Arab Emirates, is the first representative on the board from outside Europe.

Making his debut as president of the GUA this year, Stephen Lavey, GUA Board President said: “We’ve been delighted to meet with both new and familiar faces at this year’s conference and welcome our new board members. We also say farewell toDietrich Mägerlein (Eukerdruck), Erwin Danis (Roularta Media Group) and Gudrun Alex (Kodak). On behalf of the board we would like to thank them for their huge commitment and contribution over the past nine years.”

The GUA conference provides fantastic opportunities for Kodak and its customers and partners to enter into a dialogue over product innovations and developments in addition to providing unrivalled networking that otherwise simply would not be possible.

“We would like to thank everyone who attended for their contribution to our first ever live panel discussions, and to the keynote speakers for sharing their insight with us.  GUA is now increasingly becoming a forum for our partners to participate in creating world class workflows for customers and we would also like to extend our thanks to our packaging vendors and the partners representing MIS for their contribution to the event. Users were able to explore how to connect an entire network from web shop to production and discuss the potential benefits. As we all look for the ultimate workflow, this technology can facilitate the drive to remove surplus processes, unnecessary steps and communications; it’s what the industry is calling for.”

Gudrun Alex, Kodak’s EAMER Marketing Director, added: “This year’s GUA conference was particularly significant for me, not least with the unveiling of Kodak Prinergy Workflow 6.1, but as I prepare to step down as a member of the board. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to stand as a board member since the GUA was formed 9 years ago and I look forward to continuing to act as an honorary member in the future. ”