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What do they do?[edit]

How about some information on what Kodak does these days? Since print film is a shrinking market I would think they've headed in a new direction. -Rolypolyman 20:28, 26 May 2006 (UTC)

The still continue to create pictures form people's camers, but also the Kodak kiosk for digital cameras. The make printers and cameras too. IolakanaT 20:22, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Kodak is engaged in a digitally oriented growth strategy that encompasses digital and traditional photographic and printing products.

Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere. Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging. Creative Professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images. Leading Healthcare organizations rely on Kodak’s innovative products, services and customized workflow solutions to help improve patient care and maximize efficiency and information sharing within and across their enterprise.

DavidKassnoff 19:52, 14 March 2007 (UTC)David Kassnoff, Manager, Communications, Eastman Kodak Company

Since print film is a shrinking market, or almost non-existant market for either still photos or movie film, perhaps the article can give brief mention to the Hollywood, California movie industry: Are todays entertainment films still shot on film? It is apparent the movies are distributed to all the theaters on digital medium. On theater screens, there are no longer the streaks that used to be common during the running of actual film reels. But are the movies still shot on film? (talk) 13:54, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

David Kassnoff, you may want to improve the quality of this article. It's still very fragmented, not well cited and doesn't fully present Kodak's current business portfolio and competitive position. Majoreditor 02:00, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

How about some information about the current status of organic semi conducting polymers. Eastman Kodak owns many of the fundamental patents in this extremely exciting and promising field of research. this has essentially caused all research to be performed in academic settings which are free from the patent issues. Have you ever heard of "plastic" solar cells? what about those 1-10 mm thick screens that sony sells? those are the better known applications of this technology. Kodak owns many of the patents on the polymer blacks, and this prevents private/industrial research, preventing cool and interesting technologies from being developed gordonliu68.6.122.218 (talk) 05:31, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

contradiction w/in wiki[edit]

Okay, so the fujifilm page talks about how Steven Spielberg uses Fujifilm for his movies, and yet this article says that "Many modern Cinema and TV productions (US and worldwide) are shot on Kodak film stocks, including all Academy Awards|Oscar-winning pictures" Except that Steven Spielberg won best picture for Schindler's List. Either the fuji article should say that SS uses fujifilm for *most* of his movies, or this page should say *most* winning pictures. 22:22, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Its almost five years later, since the paragraph above was written. Is Spielberg still using Fujifilm? Are any entertainment films still using film? Or are they all switching over to digital? (talk) 15:01, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

At the end of Steven Spielberg films (and all films), you will see the logo of which film stock was used. In some cases, both Kodak and Fuji are used. For confirmation, see the Motion Picture Academy Awards for which films were used. IMDB has some of the information. Look to: 'Other Companies' and you will see the following entry: Eastman Kodak film stock supplied by in 'Schindler's List'. As an example. Looks like a new entry for Wikipedia, 'Oscar Winning Pictures' with Film Stock as one of the table entries. It's an excuse to watch all of the Oscar Best Pictures. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:41, 20 March 2009 (UTC)


Is it worth mentioning the many things Kodak sponsor (such as at least one attraction in each Disney park worldwide)TimothyJacobson 17:38, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

Yes, it is worth it! Kodak used to sponsor the world's most photographed event, the Kodak International Balloon Fiesta. Now known as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (held in Albuquerque, NM each October). (talk) 01:04, 14 September 2010 (UTC)

Most photographed event? By whose measure? Most Americans never heard of the event, and the photos from the event usually are not printed in most places, other than issues of photographic magazines, and perhaps maybe used as a computer screensaver. (talk) 13:51, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

American multinational?[edit]

What does American multinational mean? Is it multinational or is it American? (talk) 20:59, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

Perhaps it's based in the United States but has since expanded its corporate locations to other countries? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:12, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Thats exactly what it means: Based in the United States, but also doing business in other countries. ...duh!! (talk) 13:52, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

Roll film?[edit]

Technically, Leon Warnerke invented roll film - Eastman took his idea and ran with it. According to Utterback in Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation, in the late 1870s Warnerke "devised a camera system that operated in a manner similar to that common today. A collodion tissue coated with a gelatin emulsion underlaid with rubber was rolled up in the back of a camera. The tissue/rubber "film" was stretched across the area where the glass plate would normally go, and advanced as each picture was taken. The exposed emulsion was then laboriously separated from the rubber backing and affixed to a glass plate for processing. Warnerke's system was clumsy, costly, and went nowhere. But its essential architecture was known to Eastman and his camera-designing associate, William Walker, and by 1885 the two developed a special camera back with a roll film system..." Pg. 172. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Amphibienne (talkcontribs) 21:44, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

The Above paragraph is an important discussion. But the un-answered question becomes: who invented plastic movie film? Film has been available on plastic strips since the earliest days of the silent films. In the above paragraph, the emulsion underlaid with rubber is a rudimentary design, and realistically, how can you crank a rubber-backed emulsion fast enough to make a feature film with enough frames per second. Glass-plates continued to be used by professional photographers who wanted a large format portrait with fine resolution. But plastic film has been available to consumers since almost the year 1900. Although its a mystery to me how movie film doesnt show up as lousy resolution on a big movie screen. (talk) 15:13, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Should be more addressed in the article how Kodak invented the digital camera[edit]

After the heavy loses with Kodak, they are pursuing new ideas to save the company, getting into the commercial printing machines, ranging from $1 million per machine as I read the article on USA today on Kodak[1] but really not too many people realize that Kodak invented the digital camera which this has changed the world today. The article needs more information on its digital camera to be more addressing to the readers. Should have some feedbacks on this.--Leicina (talk) 05:31, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

Seriously? Kodak invented the digital camera? With all the electronics coming out of Japan, this seems unlikely. What is the truth, here! I want the truth!!! I can handle the truth!!!!!!! (talk) 19:45, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Might be suitable for Environment related section[edit]

Kodak ran a nuclear reactor from 1974 to 2007 with federal support to generate neutrons for materials purity analysis [[2]]. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:02, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

The reactor had no environmental impact. How would you tie it in with that section? Powers T 18:06, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

Velox price inconsistency[edit]

The 1899 milestone lists a $1,000,000 price, but the Leo Baekeland page says $750,000 for the company and has a citation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:39, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Updating Information post-Bankruptcy[edit]

I work for Eastman Kodak Company. I am making some edits to correct misinformation and provide updates following Kodak's emergence from Chapter 11. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SSAlbert (talkcontribs) 19:25, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Update Product Information after Emergence from Bankruptcy[edit]

I am a representative of Kodak. I would like to add updated NPOV language as follows regarding the current product line to improve the accuracy of the article following Kodak emergence from bankruptcy. SSAlbert (talk) 15:08, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

Products and services[edit source | editbeta] Current[edit source | editbeta] Kodak provides packaging, functional printing, graphic communications and professional services for businesses around the world.[SOURCE 2] Its main business segments are Digital Printing & Enterprise and Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Films.[SOURCE 3]

Digital Printing and Enterprise Digital Printing

Kodak’s Digital Printing Solutions includes high-speed, high-volume commercial inkjet, and color and black-and-white electrophotographic printing equipment and related consumables and services. It has an installed base of more than 5,000 units.

(a) Inkjet Printing Solutions

Kodak’s product offering includes KODAK PROSPER Presses and PROSPER hybrid components. PROSPER hybrid components are also integrated into OEM partner portfolios. The PROSPER Press features the Stream inkjet technology, which delivers a continuous flow of ink that enables constant and consistent operation, with uniform size and accurate placement, even at very high print speeds.

Applications include publishing, commercial print, direct mail, and packaging. The business also includes the customer base of KODAK VERSAMARK (first-generation) Products.

(b) Electrophotographic Printing Solutions

Electrophotographic Printing Solutions encompasses the NEXPRESS Press Platform, which enables the printing of short-run, personalized print applications such as direct mail, books, marketing collateral and photo products; and the DIGIMASTER Production Platform that uses monochrome electrophotographic printing technology to create high-quality printing of statements, short-run books, corporate documentation, manuals and direct mail.

Flexo Packaging Solutions –

Flexo printing[edit source | editbeta] [no change in current text] Kodak designs and manufactures products for flexography printing. Its Flexcel[90] line of flexo printing systems allow label printers to produce their own digital plates for customized flexo printing and flexible printed packaging.

Functional Printing The company currently has strategic relationships with worldwide touch-panel sensor leaders, such as the partnerships with UniPixel announced on April 16, 2013 and Kingsbury Corp. launched on June 27, 2013.

Enterprise Professional Services Enterprise Professional Services offers Print & Managed Media Services, Brand Protection Solutions and Services, and Document Management Services to enterprise customers, including government, pharmaceuticals, and health, consumer and luxury good products, retail and finance.

Consumer inkjet cartridges[edit source | editbeta] Kodak entered into consumer inkjet photo printers in a joint venture with manufacturer Lexmark in 1999 with the Kodak Personal Picture Maker. In February 2007, Kodak re-entered the market with a new product line of All-In-One (AiO) inkjet printers that employ several technologies marketed as Kodacolor Technology. Advertising emphasizes low price for ink cartridges rather than for the printers themselves.[85] Kodak announced plans to stop selling inkjet printers in 2013 as it focuses on commercial printing, but will still sell ink.[86] GECF

Graphics Kodak’s Graphics business consists of computer to plate (CTP) devices, which Kodak first launched in 1995 when the company introduced the first thermal CTP to market. In CTP, an output device exposes a digital image using SQUAREspot laser imaging technology directly to an aluminum surface (printing plate), which is then mounted onto a printing press to reproduce the image. Kodak’s Graphics portfolio includes front-end controllers, production workflow software, CTP output devices, and digital plates.

Global Technical Services Kodak’s Global Technical Services (“GTS”) for Commercial Imaging is focused on selling service contracts for Kodak products, including the following service categories: field services, customer support services, educational services, and professional services.

Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Film Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Film group (“E&CF”) encompasses its motion picture film business, providing motion imaging products (camera negative, intermediate, print and archival film), services and technology for the professional motion picture and exhibition industries.

E&CF also offers Aerial and Industrial Films including KODAK Printed Circuit Board film, and delivers external sales for the company’s component businesses: Polyester Film, Specialty Chemicals, Inks and Dispersions and Solvent Recovery.

Motion picture and TV production[edit source | editbeta] The Kodak company holds a vital role in the invention and development of the motion picture industry. Many cinema and TV productions are shot on Kodak film stocks. The company helped set the standard of 35 mm film, and introduced the 16 mm film format for home movie use and lower budget film productions. The home market-oriented 8 mm and Super 8formats were also developed by Kodak. Kodak also entered the professional television production video tape market, briefly in the mid-1980s, under the product portfolio name of Eastman Professional Video Tape Products. In 1990, Kodak launched a Worldwide Student Program working with university faculty throughout the world to help nurture the future generation of film-makers. Kodak formed Educational Advisory Councils in the US, Europe and Asia made up of Deans and Chairs of some of the most prestigious film schools throughout the world to help guide the development of their program.

Kodak previously owned the visual effects film post-production facilities Cinesite in Los Angeles and London and also LaserPacific in Los Angeles. Kodak sold Cinesite to Endless LLP, an independent British private equity house - See more at: Kodak previously sold LaserPacific and its subsidiaries Laser-Edit, Inc, and Pacific Video, Inc., in April of 2010 for an undisclosed sum to TeleCorps Holdings, Inc.

Kodak also owns Pro-Tek Media Preservation Services in Burbank, California. Pro-Tek is the world's premier film storage company.

Technical support and on-site service[edit source | editbeta] Aside from technical phone support for their products, Kodak offers onsite service for other devices such as document scanners, data storage systems (optical, tape, and disk), printers, inkjet printing presses, microfilm/microfiche equipment, photograph kiosks, and photocopiers, for which they dispatch technicians who make repairs in the field.

Kodak EasyShare program[edit]

Many of my picture files saved to the Kodak EasyShare program prior to the discontinuation of the program have not been forwarded to Shutterfly per Kodak's agreement. Who can I contact to correct the problem and forward all files? Thank You for your assistance Mary — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:19, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Industry update[edit]

Photography is listed under the "Industry" heading on the webpage's sidebar. Since Kodak's current focus is on imaging for businesses, can "photography" be removed? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:36, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

I don't think this article really covers the scope of Kodak's fall. They were a engineering and manufacturing giant, though poorly managed.

Management outsourced engineering and manufacturing, and then ended up sitting around why the company wasn't succeeding anymore.

They panicked when Fuji came out with something vaguely digital around 1981 and diversified into all sorts of other businesses. Then in 1993, they decided film had a lot of life left in it. If they made those same decisions in the opposite order, they'd probably be a thriving company today.

They invented computed radiography, then decided not to productize it because it might eat into x-ray film sales. Then when another company came up with it, had to battle to get market share in a market they could have owned.

They sold off their successful divisions (Clinical, Health Imaging, Eastman Chemical, Sterling Drug, Lehn and Fink), holding on to film, then film died and they had nothing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:21, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

The above is discussed in the paragraph: "In a critical essay, physicist Frank Duarte has argued that several major analog-era imaging companies (including Canon, Nikon, Leica, and Fuji) successfully transitioned from analog to digital, thus indicating that the switch to digital technology is not the only reason for Kodak's decline.[43] A significant factor, in addition to managerial ineptitude, he argues, was the transformation (begun in the early 1990s) from a widely diversified chemical manufacturer to a company mainly focused on imaging.[43]"
Certainly the subject could be expanded.Krl101 (talk) 16:40, 8 November 2014 (UTC)