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Kodak Seals Successful Deals with PWP PS and Optichrome at Print Efficiently 2013

Kodak Seals Successful Deals with PWP PS and Optichrome at Print Efficiently 2013Orders placed for KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Color Production Press and KODAK Software SolutionsHEMEL HEMPSTEAD, U.K., October 31 – Signed orders from PWP PS and Optichrome were among the highlights of Kodak’s participation at this year’s Print Efficiently.General commercial printer PWP FS signed an order for aKODAK NEXPRESS SX3300 Digital Production Color Press on the opening day of the show. The £2.5m turnover operation expects the new addition, with its KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solution, to help it increase its digital market share by doubling the current monthly output of 300,000 A4 pages.Managing Director Keith Robertson explains, “We are keen on the ability to use the clear dry ink for spot and flood coating and interested in what the dimensional ink will allow us to do. We think is it an exciting way to extend what we can offer our customers and it will enable us to be more creative. Designers in particular are open to suggestions and we look forward to presenting them with a greater range of options.”Colourful savingsOptichrome chose to invest in KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro with KODAK Ink Optimizing Solution to improve efficiencies on its two KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Presses and to support its KODAK DIGIMASTER EX150 Digital Production System, a KODAK MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter, imaging KODAK ELECTRA XD Thermal Plates, all driven by KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Software with the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System.“With KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro, we wanted to improve colour consistency across our digital and litho print processes,” comments Natalie Stephens, Optichrome’s Group Managing Director. “We wanted to make that simpler and easier. We also wanted to ensure that, as far as our clients are concerned, there is no difference in the print results between the litho and digital presses. We believe KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro will help us achieve that.”Also at the show was Philip Dodd, managing director of Healeys, which has just ordered a KODAK NEXPRESS S2500 Digital Production Color Press also equipped with KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions.Optimising opportunities“Digital already represents almost 10% of our business,” states Mr. Dodd. “New opportunities continue to come up and we needed to be able to reliably keep up with this growth without comprising quality. Being able to print metallic golds and silvers is unique in digital. Added with the ability to spot gloss inline, this press really does offer something different.”David McGuiness, Kodak Marketing Manager UK & Nordics, comments, “The relaxed environment at Print Efficiently created a perfect ambience. It enabled our expert team to have in-depth and highly productive conversations with existing and prospective customers. We are delighted to have signed such significant deals and we look forward to following up on some very promising leads.”As well as the KODAK NEXPRESS SX Digital Production Color Press and a KODAK NEXPRESS Press virtual application that enabled customers to see an interactive video of the machine's wide range of options and substrates, Kodak also showcased a working KODAK PROSPER S-Series Jetting Module with a twin tower running live.Other highlights were a fullKODAK PRINERGY Workflow System which included KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System andKODAK COLORFLOW Software as well as KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates samples and KODAK PROSPER Press printed book samples.A new educational seminar programme was introduced this year to give visitors the opportunity to combine demonstrations alongside debates and among the speakers was Erwin Busselot, Marketing Director Digital Printing, Kodak EAMER. He spoke about market opportunities for high volume inkjet and how best to take the big step with maximum advantage and minimum risk.“The whole event provided a great platform to showcase Kodak’s broad range of capabilities to a varied audience,” concludes Mr. McGuiness.About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.#(Kodak, Prosper, NexPress, Digimaster, Magnus, Electra, Sonora, Colorflow, Prinergy and InSite are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Cites Industry Growth Opportunities at GUA Conference

Kodak Cites Industry Growth Opportunities at GUA Conference Inkjet featured for the first time to showcase raft of market opportunities EYSINS, SWITZERLAND, October 31 — A freshly emerged Kodak and a brand new Technology and Solutions Centrecombined to make the 8th Graphic Users Association of Kodak Solutions (GUA) Conference an upbeat event with a positive market outlook.More than 160 attendees were welcomed by Chris Payne, Kodak’s Vice President of Marketing, who highlighted the importance of the GUA and presented the latest update on the company and its emergence. Karsten Müller, President of the GUA, added, “As a board of customers, the GUA works to ensure that we are equipped with the latest knowledge and expertise to help one another. To do this, we actively engage Kodak to help us find solutions to our real-world business and technical challenges.”That is one of the reasons why this event for the first time featured a whole track dedicated to the ground-breaking KODAK Stream Inkjet Solutions that drive future growth and long-term success, provided an overview of the technology. The many and varied market opportunities possible were detailed by Tobias Kuhn General Manager Bild Ost and Central Projects. He explained how hybrid printing and the 33 installed KODAK PROSPER S30 Imprinting System were helping Axel Springer connect the printed product with online communication. In one of the breakouts, a member of the project team, Wolfgang Hoffmann, went on to explain all the aspects of introducing such technology into daily newspaper manufacturing.Innovation leads to business generationAnthony Thirlby, Managing Director of ESP Colour, discussed how he put this ethos into action with KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Systemto streamline the receipt and processing of incoming customer files, to become the most productive Heidelberg Speedmaster XL user in the world. Further highlights of day two included Philip Cullimore, Regional Managing Director atKodakEAMER, explaining how Kodak’s technology can help customers innovate to successfully grow their business.Other conference tracks included one dedicated to workflow, an exclusive Kodak partner track and one for packaging. The Uteco Group joined the event for the first time to share its approach to transforming flexible packaging production by combining its press technology with KODAK PROSPER S20 Imprinting Systems.The event also offered the possibility for customers such as Meydis and Mailfactory to share their perspective as well as the ability to participate in classroom sessions and hands on demonstrations of the latest workflow, CTP and digital solutions. These included the KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate that totally eliminates plate processing equipment and processing chemistry. True market data intelligence and simplifying colour management were also covered while there was the chance to look closer at the extensive range of KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions such as the newly-launched KODAK PRINERGY Workflow version 6 with Advanced Preflight in well-attended classroom presentations. Increased partner participationGudrun Alex, Marketing Director Commercial Business & Shared Services, Kodak EAMER said, “One of the main attractions of the conference was the range and quality of Kodak presenters that participated across product management and product marketing, from the regions and worldwide. The number of partners and customers sharing their stories increased this year too giving the conference a much broader market perspective. We were very pleased at how well-attended the classroom sessions were, giving us the perfect opportunity to share the latest features and enhancements in our product portfolio.” Another conference highlight was the tours of Kodak’s new Technology Centre that gave customers and partners alike the opportunity to ask questions.Finally, the event was attended by a very special guest - Natasha Bates, a UK school pupil who was this year’s PrintIT! overall winner.  Attendance at the GUA was part of her prize for impressing the judges with a print-based program designed to promote Fairtrade products for a supermarket. “The whole conference was extremely well-received,” added Mrs. Alex. “It was especially encouraging to see real industry enthusiasm for an event that has become a must attend for many Kodak customers and partners.”About GUAThe GUA is a worldwide, independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering users of KODAK Solutions with the tools and information needed for business success. The European branch of the Association Board, which governs the activities of the European association, is made up of nine Kodak customers and two Kodak representatives. Membership to the GUA is automatic when delegates attend the conference and free of charge to all users of KODAK Equipment. About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.#(Kodak, Sonora, Prinergy, InSite, Colorflow and Prosper are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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ASL Print FX, a KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Customer, Scoops Leading Award in Flexo Label Printing Industry(2)

ASL Print FX, a KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Customer, Scoops Leading Award in Flexo Label Printing IndustryEYSINS, SWITZERLAND, October 15 — Ontario, Canada-based ASL Print FX recently asserted its position as one of world’s best flexo label printers by capturing the first ever World Label Association’s “Best of the Best” award for its Rennie Estate Winery label at the Global Label Awards in Brussels.            The international award, considered to be the most prestigious of the label industry, is only open to World Label Award recipients, an honor that ASL achieved earlier this year for the Rennie label. An impressive honor on its own, ASL bested worthy competition from 223 entrants around the world to win the World Label Award. The victory was unprecedented because it marked ASL’s third year in row as a recipient of a World Label Award.            ASL uses KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates for all its label production and, since the installation of its FLEXCEL NX System in September 2008, has invested considerable effort in the optimization and standardization of its print production process.             “The FLEXCEL NX System is fundamental to our print production capabilities,” says Stacy Daly, VP and General Manager, ASL Print FX. “It provides a consistent and stable foundation that delivers outstanding print quality day in and day out. We have gained a reputation for award-winning label production, but the beauty of the KODAK Solution is that we achieve our high quality under truly efficient daily production conditions.”            ASL utilizes KODAK PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow and KODAK STACCATO Screening to print all its labels using full stochastic screening, a production workflow that was recently not possible in flexo printing.            “We have recently invested in additional upgrades for our PRINERGY Workflow installation, and it is clearly recognized as an industry standard by our brand clients,” said Daly. “Long-term partnerships are very important to us, and Kodak’s ability to provide us with complete leading-edge solutions makes them the perfect partner for ASL.”            Kodak customers around the world are using FLEXCEL Systems to deliver outstanding results to their customers and are rewriting the flexo packaging “rules.”            “On behalf of Kodak I would like to extend our congratulations to the whole team at ASL Print FX for their outstanding achievement,” says John O’Grady, Kodak Vice President and Regional Managing Director, U.S. and Canada. “Together we are changing the game in regards to the capabilities of flexo printing, and high-quality, efficient label production. It is an exciting time to be in the label industry, and we are honored to be key partners with ASL.”About KodakKodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.#(Kodak, Flexcel, Prinergy, Prinergy PowerPack and Staccato are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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ASL Print FX, a KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Customer, Scoops Leading Award in Flexo Label Printing Industry

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 14—Ontario, Canada-based ASL Print FX recently asserted its position as one of world’s best flexo label printers by capturing the first ever World Label Association’s “Best of the Best” award for its Rennie Estate Winery label at the Global Label Awards in Brussels. The international award, considered to be the most prestigious of the label industry, is only open to World Label Award recipients, an honor that ASL achieved earlier this year for the Rennie label. An impressive honor on its own, ASL bested worthy competition from 223 entrants around the world to win the World Label Award. The victory was unprecedented because it marked ASL’s third year in row as a recipient of a World Label Award.ASL uses KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates for all its label production and, since the installation of its FLEXCEL NX System in September 2008, has invested considerable effort in the optimization and standardization of its print production process. "The FLEXCEL NX System is fundamental to our print production capabilities,” says Stacy Daly, VP and General Manager, ASL Print FX. “It provides a consistent and stable foundation that delivers outstanding print quality day in and day out. We have gained a reputation for award-winning label production, but the beauty of the KODAK Solution is that we achieve our high quality under truly efficient daily production conditions.”ASL utilizes KODAK PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow and KODAK STACCATO Screening to print all its labels using full stochastic screening, a production workflow that was recently not possible in flexo printing.“We have recently invested in additional upgrades for our PRINERGY Workflow installation, and it is clearly recognized as an industry standard by our brand clients,” said Daly. “Long-term partnerships are very important to us, and Kodak’s ability to provide us with complete leading-edge solutions makes them the perfect partner for ASL.”Kodak customers around the world are using FLEXCEL Systems to deliver outstanding results to their customers and are rewriting the flexo packaging “rules.”“On behalf of Kodak I would like to extend our congratulations to the whole team at ASL Print FX for their outstanding achievement,” says John O’Grady, Kodak Vice President and Regional Managing Director, U.S. and Canada. “Together we are changing the game in regards to the capabilities of flexo printing, and high-quality, efficient label production. It is an exciting time to be in the label industry, and we are honored to be key partners with ASL.”About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com(Kodak, Flexcel, Prinergy, Prinergy PowerPack and Staccato are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Distribution Deal Tops Successful Partnerships at Labelexpo Europe 2013

Kodak Distribution Deal Tops Successful Partnerships at Labelexpo Europe 2013Plantin (Belgium) and Tetterode (Netherlands) are the latest operations to sign up for Kodak’s market leading flexo solutions  EYSINS, SWITZERLAND, October 9 – Kodak topped its successful packaging and labelling solutions showcase at a lively Labelexpo Europe 2013 with a distribution deal for KODAK FLEXCEL NX Systemsin the Benelux region as well as with the announcement of significant industry partnerships and collaborations with The Uteco Group, BOBST and MPS..Leading the way in flexo packaging developments is the installation of two KODAK PROSPER S20 Imprinting Systems, one black and one color, on an 8-color UTECO ONYX 810 flexo printing system from flexible packaging printing press manufacturer The Uteco Group. With a print speed of 600mpm, fully in-line with the production speed of Uteco’s flexo printing machine, the KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting System prints at a resolution of 600x300 dpi and a width of 10.56 cm.The integrated solution allows flexo printers to offer digital printing capabilities expanding the print possibilities offered by the combined technologies.Leonardo Gobbi, Commercial and Marketing Director of The Uteco Group, explains, “The consumer goods market, both food and non-food, is increasingly driving packaging towards the realm of marketing and communication. The benefits of hybrid printing merge the flexibility and high productivity of flexographic printing with the unique capacity of digital printing to manage the variable data which customizes each individual print job and each individual packaging application.”Flexible folding for creative packaging It is flexible, folding carton and corrugated applications that will benefit from the strategic development agreement between long-standing collaborators Kodak and BOBST.  Kodak has a broad range of technologies including KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, color management, production workflow and digital front ends, as well as its general expertise in material and imaging science. Kodak is making this portfolio of technologies available for BOBST to utilize where it sees opportunities to add value to its products and solutions for the benefit of its customers.BOBST is the world’s leading supplier of machinery and services to packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible material industries. It is focused on creating the integrated solutions that enable the applications to come to life.Kodak is focused on the technologies that enable robust printing solutions for the packaging market. It has a broad range of technologies including KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, color management, production workflow and digital front ends, as well as its general expertise in material and imaging science. Kodak is making this portfolio of technologies available for BOBST to utilize where it sees opportunities to add value to its products and solutions for the benefit of its customers. Total solutions providerConfirming a strong position in the packaging market was the reason for Belgian-based Plantin and Dutch-based Tetterode’s distribution agreement for the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, “We’re now not just a total solutions supplier to the offset market, but also to the flexo market,” Plantin sales manager Davy Elsmoortel comments.The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System was among the solutions on show at Labelexpo. It delivers consistent high quality thanks to unique KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology and high resolution imaging materials . KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates enable flexo printers to drive efficiencies in their production process while achieving outstanding print quality.            Together with the KODAK SPOTLESS Flexographic Solution, the FLEXCEL NX System was creatively presented as enabling the next generation of flexo printing capabilities when Kodak, MPS and Reproflex 3 teamed up for an exclusive day of live presentations to show Labelexpo visitors how to ‘Do More With Less’. The hugely popular demonstrations highlighted how leading prepress and press technologies come together to deliver outstanding, consistent print quality at the lowest delivered cost, and how offset-like quality can cost effectively and efficiently be achieved with the use of fewer spot coiour inks in narrow web UV flexo.Other solutions on show included the FLEXCEL Direct System demonstrating the latest advancements in direct laser engraving technology, and KODAK PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow that delivers outstanding performance and reliability, along with best-in-class productivity, connectivity and automation for exceptional efficiency throughout the packaging production. It is also designed to be seamlessly integrated with all KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions, including KODAK PANDORA Step-and-Repeat Software, KODAK COLORFLOW Software and KODAK SPOTLESS Flexographic Solution.Olivier Claude, General Manager for Print & Vice President Commercial BusinessEAMER, Kodak. “We were very encouraged by the quality of the visitors at the show, the levels of enquiries and the insightful conversations we had. It was clear that this lively sector is thriving and bustling with activity. As such we are delighted to have a broad portfolio of solutions that can provide the high quality, consistent, business winning results our customers need to help them meet the high expectations of brand owners and specifiers.”About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.#(Kodak, Pandora, Colorflow, Prinergy, Flexcel and Spotless are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Optichrome Expands its Kodak Product Portfolio With Software Investment at Print Efficiently 2013

Optichrome Expands its Kodak Product Portfolio With Software Investment at Print Efficiently 2013KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro with KODAK Ink Optimizing Solution chosen to enhance performance and sustainability HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, U.K., October 8, 2013 - Optichrome has underpinned its commitment to continual operational improvement by investing in KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro with KODAK Ink Optimizing Solution at this year’s Print Efficiently event. The long-standing successful Kodak customer already runs two KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press, a KODAK DIGIMASTER EX150 Digital Production System, a KODAK MAGNUS Q800 Platesetter, KODAK ELECTRA XD Thermal Plates, all driven by KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Software with the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System. Its latest focus has been to develop a full cross-media service built on its data management expertise. “With KODAK COLORFLOW Software Pro, we wanted to improve colour consistency across our digital and litho print processes,” comments Natalie Stephens, Optichrome’s Group Managing Director. “We wanted to make that simpler and easier. We also wanted to ensure that, as far as our clients are concerned, there is no difference in the print results between the litho and digital presses. We believe KODAK COLORFLOW Pro Software will help us achieve that.”Matt Burford, Optichrome Technical and Quality Assurance Director adds, “We expect to get an ROI of 5% to 10% in a year.  It will help us maximise efficiencies from start to finish.”KODAK Ink Optimizing Solutionwas chosen to help reduce the amount of ink used as Mr Burford explains, “Less ink will be carried on the press and this will give better consistency but it will also help improve drying times and make finishing a lot quicker. This will mean reduced turnaround times.”The print service provider’s investment supports its recent EMAS accreditation comments Ms Stephens, “The ability to reduce the amount of ink we use will help us further minimise our environmental impact and improve our sustainability.”David McGuiness, Kodak Marketing Manager for UK & Nordics says, “Kodak is delighted to be able to help Optichrome make further improvements and efficiencies to its day-to-day operation that will collectively make a big operational difference.” He adds, “Signing this deal on the first day of Print Efficiently was a great way to start the event. We look forward to seeing how many more printers we can help.” Print Efficiently is a unique two-week collaboration of cross-industry expertise that continues this week (8, 9 & 10 October). It is showcasing the latest technologies created to address key market trends in a relaxed and friendly environment. Other key event partners include IFS (Intelligent Finishing Systems), Vpress, KAS Paper Systems Ltd, PDC (Perfect Document Creation), Lake Image Systems, Shuttleworth Business Systems, Roland DG and Antalis McNaughton. This year, live demonstrations of the latest in digital and litho printing technologies and automated finishing systems are being staged. There is also an educational programme of presentations by industry experts and consultants offering keen insight into ways to build business, improve competitiveness and increase profitability. About OptichromeOptichromehas been at the forefront of printing innovation for the last fifty years. The company has adapted and diversified to ensure that it continues to provide its customers with a first class print and communications service. Today, the cross media specialist supports its customers with a high quality, design and print service providing a seamless service from creation through to the final finished product. The company offers a full service up to and including fulfillment.About KodakKodak has transformed into a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.#(Kodak, NexPress, Digimaster, Electra, Colorflow, Magnus, Prinergy and InSite  are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)© Kodak, 2013

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KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Celebrates Five Years of Customer Success

Ongoing innovation and excellence push flexography to new heights   ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 12—When the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System was introduced at drupa 2008, it was immediately recognized as a gamechanger for flexography. Never before had the industry seen a digital platemaking system that enabled such advancements in production efficiency, stability and repeatability, while delivering image quality that rivals gravure. Five years later, the FLEXCEL NX System is being used in more than 50 countries around the world, where it is driving transformation in flexo printing by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. A significant milestone is reached this month with the announcement of the installation of the 300th FLEXCEL NX System.This innovative system has garnered some of the industry’s most prestigious awards: the PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award for the system itself and for the unique KODAK DIGICAP NX Screening that revolutionizes ink transfer capabilities, the FTA Technical Innovation Award, and the Flexographic Prepress Platemakers Association (FPPA) Technical Innovator of the Year Award. Over the years, FLEXCEL NX System users have captured hundreds of industry awards for flexographic printing excellence.To celebrate the FLEXCEL NX System’s five years of innovation, differentiation and excellence, Kodak has just published the story of how this technology is shaping the businesses of five of our many global customers. This new publication showcases how the FLEXCEL NX System has helped them fill a void in the market, bringing new levels of quality and efficiency, and enabling them to do more with less. Read the full articles at www.kodak.com/go/flexcelnx. Ben Abray, President of Autumn Graphics, notes, “You have to stand out as a provider that understands the market and adopts the best technology to deliver outstanding results. Our clients trust us to help them maximize their brand value, help their packages stand out on store shelves, and help them be as efficient as possible in every job. The FLEXCEL NX System is one of the tools we use today that makes that possible.”Andrew Hewitson, Joint Managing Director of UK prepress service provider Reproflex3, states, “There is no other technology in the market that can deliver the consistency the FLEXCEL NX System technology can deliver. The laser technology delivers more detail—it has a far superior dot structure, more accurate reproduction and more stable print. In our experience, the FLEXCEL NX System is totally predictable and robust. We’ve built a strong business with the FLEXCEL NX System in the competitive narrow and wide web market by offering something different. As I look ahead, I am very excited about what the future holds for flexo technology and for our business.”The FLEXCEL NX System has been instrumental in helping U.S.-based Splash Graphics grow its business with a differentiated offering. Company partner Dhiren Sanghani says, “When you are entering a new market, or talking to a brand owner, you need innovation that will bring disruptive improvements—that makes them stand up and listen—and the FLEXCEL NX System gave us that.”The FLEXCEL NX System is the cornerstone of Kodak’s industry-leading portfolio of flexographic solutions, designed to help customers print better and print smarter. To learn more about the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, please visit www.kodak.com/go/packaging.  About KodakKodak has transformed into a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.For inquiries related to Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses that have been spun off to Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), contact Andrew Sharkey at asharkey@smithfieldgroup.com.  (Kodak, Flexcel, and Digicap are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Launches PRINERGY Workflow 6 to Help Users Better Manage, Plan and Track Prepress Production

Next-generation print production workflow software now available worldwide; brings new vision for prepress production while reducing pre-planning costsROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 28—Powerful print production workflow software is essential for print service providers facing tight margins and looking to diversify their businesses with value-added services. Kodak is addressing these challenges with the launch of its KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Version 6, the next generation of the world’s industry-leading workflow software. Now released worldwide, PRINERGY Workflow 6 represents a completely new vision for prepress production. It brings a new level of automation, accuracy and efficiency to print creation, while reducing costs in the pre-planning print stageand expanding product integration across Kodak and third-party solutions. PRINERGY Workflow is the leading solution for commercial, packaging and publication printers seeking to centralize—and automate—print production. “We visited hundreds of customers around the world to understand where their challenges are and what they want to do in the future,” said Jon Bracken, General Manager of KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions. “What came up time and time again from customers is how they need to drive greater cost out of their processes while enhancing quality and increasing revenue with new digital products. “PRINERGY Workflow 6 focuses on integrating the production planning process and reducing the time spent by customer service representatives, production planners, and prepress operators preparing optimized production plans. The result is tighter quality control, fewer manual touchpoints and lower production costs for both digitally and conventionally printed jobs.PRINERGY 6 is the hub of an automated, integrated prepress workflow, which includes KODAK PREPS Imposition Software Version 7, KODAK COLORFLOW Color Software Version 2, and KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal Version 6.6. This next generation of solutions will continue to deliver efficiency improvements and cost reductions throughout the production cycle.  New streamlined interface for integrated job controlPRINERGY Workflow 6 introduces a new streamlined productivity-focused interface, called Workspace. With its at-a-glance overview of prepress production, and easy-to-learn Manage, Plan and Track modules, Workspace makes it simpler for a broader set of users to drive standard sheetwork jobs to press. Workspace can be accessed from any web browser and broadens the point of entry for users. Customers will have the freedom to use the new Workspace interface, which will be evolving and enhanced in coming versions, and can continue to rely on the existing Workshop interface for unrestricted access to devices, features, automation controls and reporting.The PRINERGY Workflow 6 Workspace Plan, Manage and Track modules help organize the myriad of information and tasks that PRINERGY Software offers. It also includes new capabilities that take automation to the next level, extending automation upstream to the customer’s order and downstream to digital presses and computer to plate (CTP) devices. Scenario functionality allows printers to set up and save a chain of tasks associated with a certain printing press or set of production conditions, which can then be used to handle specific sets of production jobs by simply hitting a play button. In addition, intent-driven automation uses the basic description of the job—or its intent—to drive automated processing through every step of production. More than 45 PRINERGY Workflow customers are winners of the 2013 Print Excellence Awards hosted by Printing Industries Association, Inc.  To see why PRINERGY Workflow was awarded the first-ever GRAPH EXPO MUST SEE ‘EM Legacy Award, hear customer testimonials, and learn about additional features and benefits of the next revolution in workflow, visit www.kodak.com/go/prinergy6.  About Kodak’s Commercial Imaging BusinessKodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s innovative technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment. For more information, visit graphics.kodak.com.(Kodak, Prinergy, Preps, Colorflow, and InSite are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Presents Next Generation Flexo Printing with MPS and Reproflex 3 at Labelexpo Europe 2013

“Do More with Less” demonstrations of highest quality labels at lowest total cost  ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 8—The next generation of flexo printing capabilities will be presented by Kodak, MPS and Reproflex 3 when they team up for an exclusive day of live presentations to show Labelexpo Europe visitors how to “Do More With Less” at the MPS booth Q40 in Hall 11, on September 25.Continuous demonstrations will highlight how leading prepress and press technologies come together to deliver outstanding, consistent print quality at the lowest delivered cost. These demonstrations will dynamically present how impactful offset-like quality can be achieved cost effectively and efficiently with narrow web UV flexo—with no compromises and without the use of spot color inks.“We are looking to change the mindset of what is achievable in flexo today, and thanks to Kodak’s innovative plate and prepress technology, we are able to demonstrate just how far flexo has come. Visitors will see incredibly challenging designs being produced that have outstanding shelf impact without the use of spot color inks,” comments Olivier Claude, General Manager for Print & Vice President Commercial Business EAMER, Kodak. He continues, “Kodak has a deep understanding of both flexo and offset printing and we understand that the end-users, the brands just want the highest quality at the lowest cost, regardless of the print process. Our revolutionary KODAK FLEXCEL NX System and KODAK SPOTLESS Flexographic Solution provide the technology to make that possible.”Throughout the day, leading narrow-web press manufacturer MPS will host the 15-minute live print demonstrations and presentations that will showcase how its latest innovations in press technology complement the Kodak prepress technologies and enable fast changeovers and unparalleled color stability. Eric Hoendervangers, Commercial Director of MPS Systems B.V., based in The Netherlands, comments: “High-quality dots play an important role in the Spotless Printing solution. Our Crisp.Dot technology guarantees a minimum of dot gain, full round dots, solid ink coverage and sharper printing of smaller fonts. Additionally, our Multi-Drive technology provides perfect registration for a broad range of materials, which is essential in achieving a stable and spotless color gamut. Spotless Printing is all about efficiency, and goes hand in hand with quality, mirroring the foundations on which MPS flexo presses are designed and built. We are honored to partner with Kodak and Reproflex 3 to demonstrate innovative solutions in flexo printing.”The designs selected, which target challenging applications in the personal care and household product sector, would normally require at least seven or eight colors to print with traditional flexo. To really push the envelope, Kodak’s demonstrations will not only print without the use of spot color inks, but will also print at 300lpi.“We carefully selected designs that would normally be a real challenge for flexo,” says Andrew Hewitson, Joint Managing Director, Reproflex 3, whose company is providing the prepress expertise for the collaborative demonstration. “We deal with these challenges every day and want to show how it really is possible to eliminate spot color inks from the workflow and still overcome the traditional concerns of color gamut, color stability and registration. A couple of the labels would normally be considered ‘offset’ designs, but it is the final design for a laundry care range that will prove to be the most talked about example. It will be printed both with four-color process and seven-color process on the same web, and visitors will be asked to consider whether the extra colors are worth the extra cost. We think they’ll be surprised at what they’ll see!”After the demo, visitors will be encouraged to take label samples and check them against proofs that will be displayed on the booth while rolls of labels and samples will be available for viewing at both the MPS and Kodak booths throughout the whole show. About Kodak’s Commercial Imaging BusinessKodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s innovative technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment. For more information, visit graphics.kodak.com. (Kodak, Flexcel, and Spotless are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System Receives Prestigious 2013 InterTech Technology Award

Third InterTech Award for Kodak’s flexographic solutionsROCHESTER, N.Y., July 29—Printing Industries of America has announced that the KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System is among 11 recipients of the 2013 InterTech Technology Awards, signifying its contribution to the advancement of flexographic package printing. This innovative direct laser engraving system uses energy-efficient, high-power imaging technology to produce press-ready elastomer plates and sleeves that enable both superior print quality and increased production throughput.This year’s InterTech Technology Award marks the third time Kodak has received recognition from Printing Industries of America for its flexographic solutions. In 2008, Kodak was recognized for the launch of the groundbreaking KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, and again in 2010, for its launch of KODAK DIGICAP NX Screening.“Historically, direct laser engraving systems have offered very limited throughput capability, and have been primarily used for applications that require low- to mid-level print quality,” notes Kuty Paperny, Kodak’s Worldwide Marketing Director, Flexographic Solutions. “The FLEXCEL Direct System changes the game for direct laser engraving by providing a cost-effective system that can open doors for our customers. It offers a complete solution that includes imaging, media and software—all optimized to work together in a simple, two-step process that boosts operational efficiency and print quality. This is a win-win for flexo prepress service providers and printer/converters, who are constantly looking for ways to enhance productivity while increasing shelf impact for their brand owner customers. The FLEXCEL Direct System delivers on all fronts, driving a distinct competitive advantage for our customers.”Users of the FLEXCEL Direct System agree. Girard Moravcik, President/CEO of Carey Color Inc., states, “Quite simply, Kodak’s laser diode technology has addressed all of the major issues that were limiting the use of In-the-Round (ITR), including speed, quality, material consistency and price. The KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System is outperforming our dual-laser CO2 systems by three to one in performance speed. The quick media prescan catches imperfections before engraving. Kodak’s elastomer is extremely consistent and produces exceptional quality, and the blazing imaging speed reduces product cost, bridging the gap between flat plates and sleeves. Our sleeve business has gone through the roof after the install of the FLEXCEL Direct System.”Jӧrg Günther, Sales Director of SWG (Sachsische Walzengravur GMBH), describes the business impact this innovative solution has had at his company. “We are seeing signs of our sales increasing by about 30 percent with this system in place. And even more exciting, we are exploring where we can use the FLEXCEL Direct system for other applications.”Environmental sustainability is another key benefit of this all-digital technology. Hubert Sampré, Managing Director of Miller Graphics Group, notes, “Direct engraving removes the need for solvents and uses a powerful filter to neutralize particulates, making it a very environmentally friendly flexo system. We also like the fact the high-power laser system is energy-efficient, ergonomic and simple to operate.” The FLEXCEL Direct System is the latest innovation in Kodak’s industry-leading portfolio of flexographic solutions, designed to help our customers to print better and print smarter. To learn more about the KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System, please visit www.graphics.kodak.com.  About Kodak’s Commercial Imaging BusinessKodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s innovative technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment. For more information, visit graphics.kodak.com.(Kodak, Flexcel, and Digicap are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.) 2013

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Kodak Expands Gold Reseller Network, Delivers Comprehensive Customer Service and Support

Great Western Ink now joins program to provide KODAK Solutions on the West CoastROCHESTER, N.Y., June 3—Graphic communications customers today need immediate access to products, service, and expertise. Kodak is expanding its Gold Reseller Network to more effectively meet those needs. The Gold Reseller Network is composed of highly trained and experienced channel partners who are committed to and aligned with Kodak’s vision for the graphics business. Gold Resellers will carry Kodak’s full portfolio of solutions and services for prepress and packaging customers in regions all across the United States and Canada.“Our commitment to providing world-class solutions and meeting the individual needs of our customers is what drives us every day,” said John O’Grady, Kodak’s Managing Director, U.S. and Canada Region, and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “The introduction of this new distribution network will give our customers access to the solutions they need from trusted, proven suppliers who understand their businesses and the nuances of the graphic communications market. We are designing this network to give us maximum coverage while complementing the existing Kodak infrastructure.” Kodak’s Gold Reseller Network includes: Advantage Litho Supply; G.E. Richards Graphic Supply; Great Western Ink; Mueller Graphic Supply; The Oldham Group; S+A Scharfstein (SAS) Graphic Supply; Spicers Canada; and Spicers Paper, Inc.The newest member of the Gold Reseller Network is Great Western Ink, based in Portland, Ore. With offices in Oregon, Washington, and California, Great Western Ink has been providing ink solutions and printing supplies to clients since 1925. “Being named a Gold Reseller by Kodak is an important step for us and will improve the service we offer our clients,” noted Keith Voigt, President, Great Western Ink. “KODAK Solutions play a key role in our extensive portfolio, and we know that our clients will benefit from this new, extended relationship. Together, Great Western Ink and Kodak will help professionals in the graphic arts market grow and succeed.”Gold Resellers help ensure that Kodak maintains more localized inventory, local distribution, enhanced sales coverage, and improved access for customers. Gold Resellers also develop important relationships with clients and are able to work with them to provide expanded services, such as financing and credit. Earlier this year, Kodak also named Spicers Canada Limited as a Gold Reseller for commercial imaging solutions across Canada. The company expanded its product portfolio and reaffirmed its commitment to providing clients with cutting-edge solutions and expertise.“Kodak has developed a solid roadmap that will allow us and our distribution partners to continue to be the best business partners and solution providers for our customers, helping them achieve their long-term business goals,” added Kodak’s O’Grady. About Commercial ImagingKodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s intelligent technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment. For more information, visit graphics.kodak.com.(Kodak is a trademark of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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KODAK Product Experts Discuss Flexo Printing Efficiency and Shelf Impact Innovations in Upcoming Webinar Series

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 20—In an upcoming webinar series hosted by FlexoGlobal, experts on Kodak’s packaging solutions will illustrate how Kodak’s integrated portfolio helps packaging printers maximize the efficiency of flexographic printing operations and deliver high-quality results with greater shelf impact. The informative series, titled “Do More with Less: Innovative Technologies Drive Efficiency and Impact in Flexo Printing,” (http://bit.ly/XW04S2) consists of two webinars and will provide attendees with key insights about how they can do more for their business and clients with the help of Kodak’s latest technologies.      The webinar series starts this month with its first webinar on Tuesday, November 27, at 2 p.m. (US-EST), titled “Do More with Less: Flexible Automation for the Flexo Workflow.” The webinar will feature Michael Tedesco, Kodak’s Worldwide Product Manager of Packaging Workflow, and Michael Bialko, Kodak’s Worldwide Product Development Specialist and Evangelist of Unified Workflow Solutions.       During the webinar, Tedesco and Bialko will discuss how prepress workflow automation has revolutionized the commercial printing industry and demonstrate how those same benefits can be achieved in label and package print production with the newest automation capabilities in KODAK PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow. Attendees will see how simple it is to create powerful rules to automate time-consuming, error-prone manual tasks and free up resources for more important activities. By increasing workflow automation, packaging printers can increase job volume without adding headcount, improve production efficiencies and drive down prepress costs.      The second webinar will be next month on Wednesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. (US-EST), titled “Do More with Four: Expanded Gamut Printing for Flexo.” The webinar will feature Paul Lancelle, Kodak’s Senior Business Development Manager of Packaging Technical Applications, and Emma Schlotthauer, Kodak’s Global Marketing Manager of Packaging Solutions.       In this webinar, Lancelle and Schlotthauer will discuss the benefits of using the award-winning KODAK FLEXCEL NX System to drive dramatic efficiencies in flexo print production. With its high-definition flexo plate technology, the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System brings printers outstanding stability, graphics quality and on-press performance.      Attendees will learn about the benefits of using the KODAK SPOTLESS Flexographic Solution alongside the FLEXCEL NX System. The intuitive, easy-to-use solution characterizes print conditions and replaces spot colors with accurate recipes for four-color process printing. “The SPOTLESS Flexographic Solution is an ideal companion for FLEXCEL NX Plates. Printers can enjoy the benefits of having better print stability, higher print densities and a wider color gamut, replacing more spot colors with four-color process printing than previously possible with flexography,” said Schlotthauer.       To learn more about the webinar series, please visit http://bit.ly/XW04S2.  About Kodak As the world’s foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of images, information, and printing to enrich their lives. In the graphic communications industry, Kodak serves customers in the printing, publishing, packaging and enterprise markets with intelligent solutions for competitive advantage and greater return on investment. For more information, visit graphics.kodak.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/kodakidigprint and visit our blog at growyourbiz.kodak.com   (Kodak, Flexcel, Prinergy Powerpack, and Spotless are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.) 2012