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Ilse Jurriën : September 27th 2006 - 19:04 CET

KIS DKS Minilabs and Kiosks at Photokina

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Kis photo me groupKIS DKS Minilabs and Kiosks at Photokina : KIS/Photo-Me Group, currently in the midst of an aggressive growth strategy to capitalize on what it sees as an expanding retail photo market, has arrived at the photokina 2006 trade show here with an extensive slate of innovative, revenue-generating products for the photo retailer. The company this week is featuring its “Generation 3” DKS 17 and DKS 16 Series minilabs, the new SpeedLab 100 mini-kiosk, new PhotoBookPro photo album maker and the new, environmentally friendly Rechargink walk-up inkjet printer cartridge reloader. These products and more are on display in the KIS/Photo-Me booth (Hall 10.2, Stand A-050 - C-059).
KIS DKS Minilabs and Kiosks at PhotokinaKIS - DKS minilabs
“We look at the global photo retail segment today and we see growth,” said Thierry Villard, President of KIS/Photo-Me. “Our new DKS series of minilabs are designed for the re-emerging photofinishing industry’s needs - compact, versatile, economical and able to produce, or direct the production of, a range of personal photo products. With the innovative new additions to our product portfolio, KIS/Photo-Me can make a strong case that it is the leading on-site solutions provider to photo retailers. We’re at photokina this year to demonstrate this to attendees at photokina.”

KIS product portfolio - DKS 17 Series minilabs
Villard said the growing diversity of KIS’s product portfolio is aimed at providing retailers with simple, effective tools that let them capitalize on the expanding possibilities of digital imaging, tap the opportunities it presents for products beyond simple prints, and create new income streams. The three DKS 17 Series minilabs pack an incredible amount of productivity into a remarkably small footprint, according to KIS/Photo-Me - printing up to 2,000 4x6-inch prints and hour at 350-dpi resolution. Maximum print size is 12x18 inches. The two DKS 16 Series minilabs provide the same productivity levels for prints up to 8x12 inches, the company said.

DKS minilabs connect to PhotoBookPro album printer
Both DKS lines feature the company’s proprietary MSB HD exposure system for exceptional image quality, a new easy-to-use operator interface, a Quick Load paper apparatus to minimize downtime, and a “hub and spoke” architecture that allows the operation of multiple self-serve kiosks to optimize productivity and revenue-generation. All DKS 17 and DKS 16 Series models take up less than one square meter of floor space and connect to the company’s new album printer - PhotoBookPro.

KIS PhotoBookPro album printer
The new PhotoBookPro is powered by a version of KIS’s popular My Creativ’ Album software that is configured for minilabs, the company said. It significantly expands the photo retailer’s product menu and revenue opportunities by producing a variety of photo books, greeting cards, calendars and other picture-based keepsakes.

KIS SpeedLab 100 photo kiosk
A new standalone consumer-operated photo kiosk called SpeedLab 100 carries an affordable price tag, yet delivers a wide range of photo and payment options, KIS/Photo-Me said. And an innovative new inkjet cartridge refill system - Rechargink - allows consumers to walk up and replenish the ink in their existing printer cartridge rather than throw it away and purchase a new one, making it an eco-friendly money saver.

KIS/Photo-Me Group - Growth opportunities
Villard said his company is finding and taking advantage of growth opportunities - demonstrating its reliability as a long-term vendor-partner by developing tools for retailers to exploit these new profit avenues. Although some industry observers suggest that industry growth is weak or temporary, he emphasized that the challenge is to identify the real growth segments.

KIS Minilabs & Kiosk market
"For minilabs, this business is still growing in emerging market regions, while it may be declining in other regions like Western Europe - I say ‘may’ because most industry estimates have not been reliable and the minilab replacement market has not been fully valued," Villard said. "But for kiosks the story is different. Kiosk sales in developed markets are booming, while sales in emerging or developing markets remain in an early growth phase. We’ve had good success lately being in the right markets with the right products."

KIS / Photo-Me - Photo market industry
The company’s heightened activity rolling out new products is one part of its larger goal of becoming the industry’s vendor of choice. “It all revolves around the broader strategy of working closer with customers - building on the momentum that KIS/Photo-Me has achieved during the shakeout of the industry’s photo equipment manufacturers. We want the photo retailers to know that KIS/Photo-Me is healthy and committed to this industry, and that we have the solutions they need to capitalize on today’s growth in picture taking and picture making.”

About KIS / Photo-Me Group
KIS Photo-Me Group, a division of Photo-Me International plc, is a leading developer, manufacturer and provider of on-site digital image processing solutions for the photo retailer industry. A worldwide enterprise with headquarters in Grenoble, France, the division operates subsidiaries in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Japan and China. PMI and its KIS Photo-Me division manufacture and market award-winning DKS minilabs, innovative digital photo kiosks, photo booths and other imaging products.

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