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Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan Rescue Kodak

A passel of leading Hollywood directors including JJ Abrams, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow have forged an agreement that ensures that films can still be recorded and viewed on traditional silver-halide film. In an age of digital recording it is common knowledge that Kodak, that one of America’s greatest companies is struggling mightily to […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/9/2014 – HP PageWide Inkjet for Large Format, Xerox Targeting High-Speed Inkjet, More

This week, inkjet was again in the news, with inkjet news from Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Xerox. In particular, this week’s inkjet news involved the commercial and production high-speed inkjet segment – a segment IDC recently pinpointed as enjoying exceptional growth. According to IDC research, the worldwide continuous-feed, digital production-printing market is experiencing a major technology […]

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New Prosper 6000 Inkjet Production Printers from Kodak

Kodak in introducing its latest digital color production printers, the Kodak Prosper 6000 Presses, which it says feature new innovations in paper transport, drying, and writing systems, combined with advanced press-management technology. Based on a new product platform, the systems are designed for production printing in the book-, commercial-, and newspaper-printing businesses, as well as […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/2/2014 – Epson, Brother Ramp up Business Printers; Inside Pharos Beacon; Konica Minolta to Sell 3D Printers; More

Lots of interesting news and analysis this week. First, it’s official: Konica Minolta will be the first to sell 3D printers – sourced from partner 3D Systems – through the U.S. office-equipment channel. We actually learned about this last September at Konica Minolta’s annual dealer meeting, and the idea was enthusiastically received by dealers. Konica […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/19/2014 – New Print-Management Solutions for Konica Minolta, Kyocera; Inkjet Strong in Production; More

There was no new office-imaging hardware this week, but two vendors introduced print-management solutions: Konica Minolta reported that NSi Output Manager is now available for its bizhub MFPs, while Kyocera Document Solutions reported that Argos OnBoard Print Management is now available for its HyPAS-enabled MFPs. These print-management solutions provide not only tracking of MFP activity […]

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Former HP Exec John N. McMullen is New Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer for Kodak

John N. McMullen has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Eastman Kodak effective June 15th. Kodak’s board of directors also elected McMullen as a corporate officer of Kodak, and he will become a member of the company’s executive council. McMullen will report to Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeff Clarke. McMullen, 55, […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/5/2014 – Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Forge Ahead; Setback for Kodak, More

Though this was a bit of a slow week in the industry, two things stood out: both Konica Minolta and Lexmark continue to forge ahead. Konica Minolta, which was the largest exhibitor at the IPEX production-printing trade show in February, and acquired French production-printing company MGI Digital Graphic Technology in January, continues to bolster its […]

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Kodak Reports Loss for First Quarter, Sales Down

Eastman Kodak reported a loss of $36 million for its first-quarter 2013 versus $283 in net income for first-quarter 2013. Sales for first-quarter 2014 were $482 million, compared to $594 million in first-quarter 2013, a decline of 19 percent, with Kodak attributing more than half of that to continuing declines in its film and consumer-inkjet products. Non-recurring licensing […]

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Top News for the Week of 3/24/2013 – HP Inkjets for Enterprises; Trouble for MPHJ; More

Product Briefs HP Introduces New 72-ppm Officejet Enterprise Series The most interesting news this week was Hewlett-Packard’s roll-out of a new color inkjet-based Officejet Enterprise series for, as the name implies, large workgroups and enterprises. The series consists of three MFPs and two printers that are based on HP’s PageWide inkjet print-head technology that is […]

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Kodak Seeking to Sell Eastman Business Park

Eastman Kodak – which last week, appointed a new CEO, Jeff Clarke – has announced that it’s seeking to sell its Eastman Business Park (EBP) industrial and technology property located in Rochester, New York Kodak says the site can best continue as a multi-use, multi-tenant industrial facility under the ownership of a firm focused on […]

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Improving Financial Picture at Kodak

On March 19th, Eastman Kodak reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full-year 2013, with net earnings of $1.99 billion for the full year, including a reorganization-items net gain of $2.01 billion, as well as a gain of $535 million for the sale of its digital-imaging patent portfolio, partially offset by a $77 million […]

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Top News for the Week of 3/10/2014 – Samsung Cloud Print App, HP Business Inkjets, More

Products and Solutions Samsung is determined to make mobile printing as ubiquitous and easy as possible. It just previewed its new secure Cloud Print app and new desktop printers and MFPs equipped with NFC (Near Field Communication) tap-and-print mobile printing. The new Cloud Print app, among other things, will enable users to share up to […]

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Jeffrey J. Clarke, Former VP at Hewlett-Packard, is New CEO of Kodak

Eastman Kodak’s board of directors has elected Jeffrey J. Clarke (above) as chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors. Previous Kodak CEO Antonio M. Perez is now special advisor to Kodak’s board of directors. Prior to joining Kodak, Clarke was a managing partner of Augusta Columbia Capital (ACC), a private investment […]

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Judge Blocks Kodak in Collins Ink Lawsuit

Law360 reports that on March 10th, an Ohio federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Eastman Kodak in an antitrust suit brought by rival Collins Inkjet, which has accused Kodak of illegally hindering competition for Versamark printer ink. U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett barred Kodak from charging customers more for refurbished print heads if they […]

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New Kodak Alaris Departmental Document Scanners for Fighting ‘Storm’ of Paper Documents

Kodak Alaris is rolling out new document scanners, designed in particular for insurance companies, government agencies, and healthcare facilities facing a a constant “storm” of paper documents that must be scanned and integrated into business processes.  Kodak Alaris – previously known as Kodak Document Imaging before it was acquired by the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan in […]

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Top News for the Week of 11/11/2013

Events This week there was lots of product news out of Sharp America, which held its annual dealer meeting earlier this week. New from Sharp are “Advanced” MFPs which feature cloud and mobile connectivity, and lower-priced “Essentials” MFP configurations, as well as Cloud Portal Office (for the Advanced line), and more. Last week, we reported […]

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Kodak Reports Smaller Loss for Third Quarter

Eastman Kodak reported a loss for its third quarter, but the loss – $312 million – was lower than that reported for third-quarter 2012 ($1.99 billion).  Excluding reorganization items and discontinued operations, Kodak’s net loss for the third quarter of 2013 was $155 million. Table 1 – Kodak Earnings Summary (condensed)   Millions of dollars 3Q […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/28/2013

Distribution & Dealers This week has been pretty busy, not only for the industry, but for myself personally, having just returned from Ricoh Americas’ annual national dealer meeting (“Convergence 2013 – Fast Forward,” held October 28-31 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas). We’ll have a full write-up Friday or Monday, but here […]

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