The KODAK NexPress SX Digital Production Color Platform with the long-sheet option has been honoured with the German printing industrys prestigious Innovation Award. It won the ‘Most Innovative Technology’ (Gold Award) in the Printing category.

The awards are organised by the Deutscher Drucker Verlagsgesellschaft publishing house. The winners were chosen in an internet poll by readers of Deutscher Drucker and Grafische Palette, two leading German trade journals, and print.de, from a total of 30 technologies nominated by the publications’ editors. 

This latest award marks a hat trick of honors for Kodak. In 2009, the company won an Innovation Award for its unique KODAK NexPress Dimensional Printing System, while in 2010, Kodak walked away with two Innovation Awards-the first for its TRILLIAN SP Thermal Plate  in the Prepress category and the second for its  PROSPER 5000XL Press in the Printing category.  

This year’s awards ceremony was held on Nov. 10 at the PrintNight gala in Stuttgart, which was attended by hundreds of guests from the graphic communications world. Bernhard Niemela, Managing Director of Deutscher Drucker Verlagsgesellschaft and Editor in Chief of Deutscher Drucker, presented the awards to the proud winners. 

Were very honoured to walk away with such a highly respected award for the third consecutive year, said Mark Clark, Regional General Manager and Vice President Digital Printing Solutions EAMER, Kodak. The accolade is particularly satisfying because it was print professionals working on the frontline who voted for us. It underlines Kodaks track record of developing solutions that help print services providers overcome the challenges they face in the graphic communications industry.  

The NexPress SX Platform offers superior print quality, excellent substrate flexibility, and numerous in-line coating and printing effects. The system helps print service providers across the world to differentiate their offering and drive revenue by enabling them to create unique, value-adding products. 

New features of the platform include speeds of up to 131ppm, a longer sheet size of 660 mm (26), smaller ink particle size with the NexPress HD Dry Inks, KODAK NexPress Light Black HD Solution, and a matte printing option.  

The NexPress Fifth Imaging Unit Solution offers a raft of options for value-added production, including watermarking, protection coating, glossing, MICR printing, gamut expansion, in-line Dimensional Printing that is unique in the industry, and red fluorescing ink for security and workflow applications.