Kodak and Collins Settle Long-Running Versamark Ink Legal Dispute
Eastman Kodak has issued a press release stating that it and Collins Inkjet of Cincinnati, Ohio, company, have settled the lawsuit case brought by Collins against Kodak in September 2013, concerning the use of Collins inks with Kodak Versamark print heads.
Terms of the settlement are confidential, but under it, Collins’ ink will now be approved for use in Kodak Versamark Systems such as the D-series and 6240 range of imprinting solutions. Kodak will offer full refurbishment services for Versamark print heads without regard to whether Kodak or Collins inks are being used. Customers with or without current contracts are free to choose either Kodak or Collins inks, without affecting the quality, price, or speed of print-head refurbishment services that Kodak provides.
For faster set up of custom color inks and to aid switch-over from ink to ink, Kodak will expand the ink index files for its DH90 and DH91 print heads to support a range of Collins inks.
Commenting on the settlement, Philip Cullimore, President of Kodak’s Enterprise Inkjet Division said “I am delighted with the settlement we have reached with Collins. We have a long-standing relationship with Lawrence and his company, based on our ability to solve customer problems with innovative inkjet solutions – solving our disagreements that have occurred over the past couple of years has been a key objective for me, in order to enable us to get back to jointly innovating new variable data solutions for our customers around the world.”
Lawrence Gamblin, CEO of Collins Inkjet, said “Since 1990, Collins Inkjet has manufactured a wide-range of standard and custom inkjet inks for Kodak Versamark equipment. This settlement represents great news for our customers, in removing confusion over the use of our inks in Kodak Versamark print head and Kodak’s policy of refurbishment. In working with Kodak as a supplier of approved inks, Collins brings thousands of individual formulations each targeted towards customers’ applications and desired performance qualities, expanding the type of work that can be created on Kodak’s systems. I am delighted that Philip and I have managed to get our business relationship back to the customer-focused level that we had previously enjoyed.”
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