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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 50.80.4.225 (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: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/05/kodak-sells-cinesite-visual-effects-depp-stranger-tides.html#sthash.Jv1AxyyD.dpuf 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.

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 165.170.128.65 (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 209.49.159.66 (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)

"You Press the Button, We Do the Rest."[edit]

The motto is listed in the timeline in 1892, but the advertisement with the motto directly to the right is from 1889? Doctorhawkes (talk) 07:40, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Under Presidents and CEOs of Kodak[edit]

Gerald B. Zornow was omitted. Mr. Zornow became the ninth president of Kodak in 1970 and chairman of the board in 1972. He retired in 1976. Reference: New York Times Obituary, August 31, 1984.

I was a customer of Kodak and a good friend of Gerry Zornow.

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98.234.197.33 (talk) 04:43, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

Updating Business Divisions for Eastman Kodak[edit]

Hello, I’m Nick Rangel with the Eastman Kodak Company. I wanted to share our latest business divisions with the Wikpedia community of editors to see if anybody would be willing to review and possibly update the “Products and Services” based on the latest company changes. You can see an example of the latest company structure here: http://www.kodak.com/ek/US/en/About_Kodak_Top/Our_Company.htm

I hope this note is in line with Wikipedia guidelines and standards. Thanks for reading, I look forward to your feedback.

NrangelEKC (talk) 18:17, 31 July 2015 (UTC) Nick Rangel, Public Relations Manager, Eastman Kodak

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Requested move 24 September 2015[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Moved as proposed, per consensus. bd2412 T 17:50, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Eastman KodakKodakWP:COMMONNAME, as indicated by this ngram: [1]. "Kodak" will also include entries for "Eastman Kodak" of course, but since the prevalence of Kodak is more than five times that of Eastman Kodak, it seems clear that the basic name is still more common. WP:NCCORP also favours this: "Whenever possible, common usage is preferred (such as The Hartford for The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and DuPont for the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company)."  — Amakuru (talk) 08:18, 24 September 2015 (UTC) Relisted. Jenks24 (talk) 00:45, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Comment See also Talk:Eastman_Kodak/Archives/2011#Naming, Talk:Eastman_Kodak/Archives/2011#Requested move, Talk:Eastman_Kodak/Archives/2011#Revert the move, Talk:Eastman_Kodak/Archives/2011#Moving back to .22Eastman Kodak.22.3F -- DanielPenfield (talk) 08:40, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose there is the company, and then there are its divisions. The entire company is better represented at its current name "Eastman Kodak", while its photographic efforts are better at "Kodak". The company was also a chemical company. This article is sorely lacking in coverage, as it is missing alot of the corporate history that isn't about photography, such as the former division Eastman Chemicals and the current division Kodak Chemicals -- 70.51.202.113 (talk) 06:36, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
    Fair enough, but as you say, this article is not really about the whole corporation and associated brands, it's just about the photography company. If we are to have two articles, then this one should be moved to Kodak, and a new Eastman Kodak written to cover the parent company.  — Amakuru (talk) 14:28, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose per 70.51.202.113. "Eastman Kodak" is used for the company and "Kodak" for its branding of products. (cf. Ford Motor Company and Ford). —  AjaxSmack  01:18, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support: Even if this company is or was involved in some non-photographic activities still this article can be moved to "Kodak" as per WP:COMMONNAME. Website of the company is also named Kodak.com.--Human3015TALK  22:11, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - Commonly used title for the company that emerged from bankruptcy. Why not create Kodak (brand) then? Maybe it might be content fork. George Ho (talk) 16:37, 13 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - WP:COMMONNAME, of course. Even if the scope is extended to include more of the non-photographic aspects of the corporation, Kodak is how it's usually called. --В²C 04:22, 15 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Support per WP:COMMONNAME since it is the company's common name. The company is also primarily known for its work in photography, which is why the article focuses almost exclusively on that topic. Calidum 01:43, 16 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Support per COMMONNAME. The current name seems to be an official name. There is an odd history to this.
RM discussions currently are pretty ill-disciplined, but back in 2011 it was worse. I don't know that I am being much better, but I think "Kodak" is well used and better recognized than "Eastman Kodak", and that if "Eastman Kodak" were preferable, then it should go all the way to the full official name of "Eastman Kodak Company". However, I think the past arguments that the company needs to be distinguished from the product of the company is incorrect. The company products are, as they should be, summarised in this article, with a few product spinout articles structured as daughter articles to this main article. --SmokeyJoe (talk) 03:25, 16 October 2015 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

New Category[edit]

Since all these big brands (Kodak, Polaroid, etc.) failed, I think it would be an interesting read for Wiki users to have a page or category about the rise and fall.--WondoMathias (talk) 00:25, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

Kodachrome[edit]

Discontinuing Kodachrome is a scandal and a travesty. Shame on on Kodak (or whatever this company really is)... 24.51.217.118 (talk) 22:42, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

Kodak Alaris[edit]

Kodak Alaris is now a separate company, shouldn't it have its own article?  — Preceding unsigned comment added by 108.184.99.223 (talk) 09:15, 24 June 2016 (UTC)