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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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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 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 NEXPRESS Photo 3900 Press Helps Print Express Drive Profitable Growth

Printing heritage of Print Express underpins successful photobook operation   GLAND, SWITZERLAND, July 26—Print Express, the corporate division of the Syncoms group, is building a successful personalized photo gift  and photo sharing business at PrinterPix utilizing a KODAK NEXPRESS Photo 3900 Press. PrinterPix is the new division of the Syncoms group of companies based on five sites in South Ruislip, U.K. and focuses on the photographic and consumer market.Murtaza Daya, Chief Innovation Officer says, “The photo market is growing exponentially. Personal photography plays a huge part in keeping our memories alive, and through the medium of mobile devices and web-based communication channels, we are enabling our customers to upload, store and share their images on a global scale. With the KODAK NEXPRESS 3900 Press, we can also offer them the option to order online and treasure their images by preserving them in high-quality, bound photobooks.”Daya continues, “Many more people are becoming aware of what is possible in a fast, mobile world. Today’s technology allows them to create and share images through multiple sophisticated devices. A few clicks and, in an instant, they can capture a selection of quality photographs. We can then provide them with a comprehensive service. We can be the facilitator by enabling them to store their treasured images in full resolution so that they can locate them in the future. There are many photobook companies out there, but we are able to offer something different—a personalized service. This is because our image store is uncompressed, and we can control full access unlike others where there are zillions of images that have to be compressed.” PrinterPix is the first company in the U.K. to offer leather-bound photobooks at a competitive price. With a global business and an industrial factory on a large scale, the company is equipped to offer top-quality materials and specialized products targeted at the consumer. PrinterPix also works with a number of other partners and provides a white label service for national and European companies in the photo industry, manufacturing and dispatching high-quality products to other businesses without the company’s branding. Murtaza Daya and his team visited Print Efficiently in Perivale London in October of 2012 and viewed the NEXPRESS Press in action. The KODAK NEXPRESS 3900 Press was then installed in November. Daya continues, “Our plan is to consolidate the businesses—Syncoms, Print Express and Printer Pix. We have at present five sites in total in the U.K.—two factories, two offices and one warehouse. Print Express and Printer Pix are both consumer-oriented with online ordering. We also run our commercial B2B business through Print Express.”Print Express has used KODAK Products for the last eight years starting with an original investment in its workflow software—KODAK PRINERGY CONNECT Workflow which is used to drive jobs to the company’s digital presses and has helped streamline productivity and enhance automation. The company also uses a KODAK MAGNUS 400 Platesetter, which it finds reliable, stable and robust. “Our relationship with Kodak is one of respect,” says Daya. “We have successfully used the KODAK PRINERGY CONNECT Workflow and KODAK MAGNUS Platesetter and when we started to look for a suitable press for the photobook initiative, we were interested automatically in the KODAK NEXPRESS Press. Once we had investigated its potential, we realized we could have a machine totally focused on our purpose.”The KODAK NEXPRESS 3900 Press has the longer sheet capacity and an automatic roll feeder so the operators can combine continuous feed and sheet-fed options from the drawers. Daya says that Print Express chose the press essentially from the operator’s standpoint, as there is very little downtime with the NEXPRESS Press. With sheet-fed jobs, the company can change substrates very quickly with the automatic feed from the drawers.  Alternatively, the continuous web-feed allows them to run the NEXPRESS Press 22 hours a day with no disruptions. “We have total confidence in this machine. There is a depth of image to the printed product from the NEXPRESS Press,” explains Daya. “The sharpness in the detail and the vivid color contrast brings a vibrancy to all printed matter. This is what our customers are looking for and at the end of the day, we are offering a product to the consumer.”The Print Express website reflects the comprehensive and personal approach that this entrepreneurial group gives to its customers—by offering useful blogs and advice to consumers and businesses on simple ideas and creative design for branding and marketing materials. It also gives an informed understanding of the online options for consumers, marketers and designers as well as printers. Daya states, “Capturing the hearts of your target audience is not magic—it’s an art! It’s all about communicating effectively in order to make your product offerings and marketing campaigns more memorable. It’s about engaging, persuading and convincing your audience.” Company brings printing expertise into the world of photographsPrinter Pix, the consumer-oriented division, is focused on new horizons and using the new developments and trends within the photo and image transfer markets. Daya explains, “This is an exciting new challenge and opportunity. The difference between Printer Pix and other photobook companies is that we have experience in the printing process. With our background as litho printers we know how to produce a high standard product.” The company offers spot color printing facilities and testing with KODAK MATCHPRINT Virtual Technology where the customer can request colors beyond the CMYK range to reflect a unique company style or preview the print to 99.9 percent accuracy. “We bring our printing heritage and expertise to the world of photographs,” claims Daya. “We can produce photographs on different substrates—books, canvas, calendars or even a pillow, a mug or a key ring. We also offer fine art prints of choice on posters, canvas, metal, acrylics or wood.” Apart from photobooks, the group is using the KODAK NEXPRESS Press for a number of other commercial applications. The B2B division at Print Express is servicing a variety of corporate clients such as the NHS and the Metropolitan Police. With over thirty years’ experience in high level production of printed products, Print Express is utilizing the potential of the NEXPRESS Press technology to produce training manuals, brochures and marketing materials at a high level of quality and volume. “With this NEXPRESS Press, we have the advantage of the new automatic spool-feeder. This offers us high levels of production efficiencies which provide cost effective opportunities,” says Daya. “Using papers on the roll for web printing, there is less waste. Our customer base is diverse and we need to be able to adapt to any requirement. Print Express is our corporate division established over 30 years ago. We have built our credibility over the years—now we are engaging in new worlds and responding to the trends in the marketplace.”Kodak’s U.K. and Nordics Marketing Manager, David McGuiness says, “Print Express is pushing the boundaries with photobook services and the company’s engagement with the public. It is exciting to see. It is developing its own unique market for our NEXPRESS Press applications.”Conclusion­­Murtaza Days states that he envisions becoming the largest consumer supplier of photo products in the world. “My relationship with Kodak is upbeat as the company is at the forefront of technology. We invested in the latest KODAK NEXPRESS Press because it is the best in its class. From an operational point of view, the press is outstanding in terms of functionality and production. That is the great thing about Kodak—the company wants to work with us and is constantly looking at how to develop products that meet the trends in the marketplace. It is a partnership more than anything else. We share the same goals—to support the customer and the end user and to make a difference.” About Print ExpressPrint Express was founded in 1983 to serve the local community as a stationery & printing shop in Ruislip Manor, Greater London. By the end of the 90’s the company had added a second location in nearby Rayners Lane and offered a complete in-house service including finishing. The mission was always to put the customer at the heart of the business. By 2002, the company had a website and also 2 new offices in Orlando, Florida and Bangalore, India. This site in India houses all software development and systems operations for the group. The Synchronised Communications (Syncoms) group is supported today by 120 employees worldwide and offers a 24/7 print service with guaranteed delivery overnight on a 3hr turnaround and delivery throughout London extending to the M25 including conference venues and airports. The company’s investments to date in technology, infrastructure and print equipment in London alone is over £5mAbout 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, NexPress, Magnus, Prinergy Connect and Matchprint are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Signs Agreement with Nimble Storage to Deliver High-Performance Solutions for the Virtualization of Production Environments

Scalable storage foundation protects mission-critical applications  ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 20—Kodak has entered into an agreement with Nimble Storage, the leading provider of flash-optimized hybrid storage solutions. The agreement, effective May 2013, will allow Kodak to refer Nimble Storage products and services to Kodak customers who are moving their systems to a virtualized server environment. The agreement will initially launch as a pilot program in the United States with the opportunity to expand into other geographies.  Print service providers require solutions that provide flexible storage capacity, data protection, and performance capabilities that can grow with their workflow requirements—without resulting in higher in-house IT and labor costs. Implementing a virtual infrastructure can help lower the cost of traditional infrastructure, keeping critical applications optimized through software, performance, and capacity upgrades. “KODAK PRINERGY Workflow and KODAK INSITE Solutions are critical production applications for our customers,” noted Kodak’s Jon Bracken, General Manager, Unified Workflow Solutions. “Nimble Storage meets their requirements for virtualized server infrastructure, providing the confidence and performance they need to maximize their operational efficiencies.”“Nimble Storage delivers affordable high performance, built-in efficient data protection, seamless scaling, and ease of use,” said Dan Leary, Vice President of Marketing, Nimble Storage. “Nimble arrays are optimized for deployment in a virtualized environment, giving customers a measure of confidence as they move to virtualized servers for their mission-critical applications and helping them maximize their storage ROI. We’re pleased to work with Kodak for the benefit of our mutual customers.”  About Nimble StorageNimble Storage believes enterprises should not have to compromise on performance, capacity, ease of use, or price. Nimble has developed the first hybrid storage architecture engineered from the ground up to seamlessly integrate flash and high-capacity drives. Our customers enjoy as much as 10x faster application performance, enhanced backup and disaster recovery, and stress-free operations—all while lowering their TCO. Nimble Storage solutions are available through a global network of world-class channel partners. For more information, visit www.nimblestorage.com. 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, Prinergy, and InSite are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates Spur a Productivity Surge at Val pg Pôle Graphique

KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates Spur a Productivity Surge at Val pg Pôle Graphique    GLAND, SWITZERLAND,May 15 — Nantes-based Val pg Pôle Graphique in France is enjoying an increase in productivity after upgrading to the KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates. The company decided to invest in the next-generation plates after successfully using KODAK THERMAL DIRECT Non Process Plates for a number of years. Val pg is an advertising and institutional publishing facility serving the services industry and public sector. The company employs 40 people, and in 2012 registered a turnover of 7.7 million euros.Val pg has developed a “Pôle Graphique”, or graphic division focusing on graphic design, prepress, offset, digital printing and production control. These five specialist areas are served by a raft of KODAK Systems including the KODAK MAGNUS 800 Platesetter, KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal and KODAK PRINERGY CONNECT Workflow, as well as the KODAK APPROVAL Digital Color Proofing System. Updating technology, remaining competitiveAccording to Yann Madec, Managing Director of Val pg Pôle Graphique, investing in the latest printing innovations is crucial to a company’s growth: “Print specialists need to constantly adapt their offering to take into account new digital technologies.”Already very satisfied with the revolutionary KODAK THERMAL DIRECT Non Process Plate technology– which was launched seven years ago, and is now well established in France – Val pg Pôle Graphique was keen to implement Kodak’s next-generation technology: “Kodak was the first manufacturer to introduce true non-process plate technology,” adds Madec. “The option to use ‘zero’ chemicals made our minds up for us, as it meant the process would be radically simplified compared with the previous way of working.” Using SONORA XP Plates means Val pg Pôle Graphique can deliver its customers an even better service, while also establishing a more efficient production process: “The SONORA XP Plates use the same write-the-image, non-ablative technology found in THERMAL DIRECT Non Process Plates, but they perform even better than in terms of imaging speed and latent image contrast. “Our aim was to reach an output of 150 to 200 plates a day as quickly as possible – which we’ve achieved with the SONORA XP Plates.”Claude Desbrugères, Kodak’s Cluster Business Director, France & Benelux, concludes: “The next-generation SONORA XP Plates are a major step forward, as they build on what was an already very effective plate technology. Process free systems are here to stay. Customers have been won over by the environmental and commercial advantages they offer. We are very pleased with the market’s response to the new plates, and we will continue pushing the boundaries of plate technology.” 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, Sonora, Thermal Direct, Magnus, Insite, Prinergy and Approval are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)© Kodak, 2013

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Kodak Demonstrates Strong Commercial Imaging Portfolio at Poligrafia 2013

Kodak Demonstrates Strong Commercial Imaging Portfolio at Poligrafia 2013  Innovative solutions deliver value added services and boost profitabilityGLAND, SWITZERLAND, May 14 – Kodak will show how its broad portfolio of innovative solutions can help print and packaging specialists expand their value added business services to boost profitability at the 29th Poligrafia International Fair in Poznań, Poland, from May 21 to 24, Hall 5, booth 165.“The Polish market is developing rapidly and opening up a number of exciting opportunities as brand owners and print specifiers are looking for high quality, impactful results,” comments Jolanta Wisniewska, Managing Director, Poland,Kodak. “We want to demonstrate how they can further expand that creativity but at the same time introduce production efficiencies to help streamline workflow and boost capacity that ultimately increases competitiveness and profitability.”Doing just that will be the eye-catching results that take print quality to a new level delivered by the KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions on the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press. An array of samples will show how it can add spot colors, gold* and pearlescent* effects as well as Kodak’s unique in-line dimensional printing, high-quality gloss, in-line watermarking, or coating in a single pass for unsurpassed differentiation.Kodak’s boundary pushing solutions continue with the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System. It features unique imaging technology and innovative materials that deliver stand out image quality, stability and predictability. Benefits include higher-density solids, reduced waste and ink consumption and increased press uptime.Taking the success of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Systemto the next level is a new certification programme. It assures printers and brand owners that KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates produced by certified providers, are made to a global standard. To achieve the certification and earn the right to use the certification mark, companies must demonstrate that the plates they produce, or print with, are consistently made to a standard Kodak global specification. The certification process is supported by comprehensive data measurement and recommendations from satisfied clients.Dynamic solutions that target resultsAlso expanding the business opportunities for traditional litho printers looking to create more dynamic products is hybrid printing with the KODAK PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems. The significant success already enjoyed by many European newspapers with various commercial projects including direct mail, inserts, games, advertisements and labels for packaging has prompted commercial operations to take a closer look at what is possible. Show visitors can learn more about how the 152mpm high image quality of KODAK PROSPER S5 Imprinting System lowers the entry point into hybrid printing. It is fully field upgradable so customers can increase their capabilities when demand requires. Videos and explanatory models of real systems will highlight the technology’s potential and how it can help operations with their future growth.Then there are KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates that completely eliminate all costs associated with processing equipment and chemistry, while requiring less floor space and reducing energy consumption— all great for reducing the environmental footprint of printing, but even better for its bottom line. Offering high-quality thermal imaging and the complete elimination of plate processing, SONORA XP Plates increase productivity, simplify operations, and remove costs by reducing the number of steps required for platemaking.Kodak will also be happy to discuss how the KODAK ACHIEVE Platesetters offer affordable access to its state-of-the-art imaging and plate technologies, ideal for customers transitioning to digital imaging for the first time or upgrading to a higher level of performance in that region. Jolanta Wisniewska states: “The ACHIEVE Platesetter, built on the award winning KODAK TRENDSETTER Platesetter Technology, delivers all the benefits of Kodak's CTP and Thermal Imaging Technology including exceptional image quality, true stability on press and operational efficiencies, valued-priced to be accessible to all printers. With low-chemistry usage and reduced waste, potential cost savings and an improved environmental footprint can also be enjoyed by printers.” Software upgrades that deliver firm savingsThere will be live demonstrations of KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 6. Its customizable automation, third-party integration, and advanced color and screening plus unified job management aids cost reduction in the print and manufacturing process. KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System will be integrated with the new features of KODAK COLORFLOW Software 2 and KODAK PREPS Imposition Software 7, demonstrating automation in print production. Lastly, KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal Workflow System 6.5will highlight how secure web access for customers, prepress operators and service reps supports their remote job submission, progress tracking, collaboration, remote proofing and approval cycle times.“We are delighted to showcase our solutions and their inspiring production capabilities to existing and potential customers at such a key regional event,” concludes Jolanta Wisniewska. “It is a perfect opportunity for closer investigation of the possibilities presented by the new additions unveiled at drupa and to see how the continued enhancements since then will benefit Polish print and packaging operations.”*The capability of adding gold* and pearlescent* effects is not yet commercially available. Currently available for demonstration purposes only.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, NexPress, Sonora, Achieve, Prosper, Prinergy, InSite and Preps are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System Helps Precision Color Graphics Reduce Costs and Streamline Production

Imaging quality surpasses customer expectationsROCHESTER, N.Y., April 30—Precision Color Graphics, a Wisconsin-based full-service prepress services manufacturer and long-time Kodak customer, recently turned to Kodak for the latest, state-of-the-art flexographic solution. The company has served the printing industry for more than 21 years—evolving from a small lithographic color separator shop to a one-stop print and prepress house handling everything from design to fulfillment. Now, Precision Color has made the decision to expand by improving its flexo plating capabilities.The solution was the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System, coupled with KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates. Precision Color Graphics installed the new system and instantly offered its clients the opportunity to elevate print quality, achieve numerous production efficiencies and impress their customers with greater cost savings and performance.“I looked at all the competitive products, but I thought, ‘What’s the next great thing? It’s really the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System,’” said John Goeden, President and Owner of Precision Color Graphics. “We wanted to promote more rotogravure-like printing and, thanks to its outstanding imaging, we are seeing exactly that with the FLEXCEL NX Wide System. At the same time, we are helping our customers save money by reducing the number of plates and the time needed on jobs. We are growing our business and taking on higher volumes of work.”Precision Color Graphics has a diverse client base, and meeting their varied packaging needs can be challenging. The company services a range of industries, including the pet food, fast food, dairy and auto industries. The company also frequently produces POP displays, floor graphics and window clings for national department stores and chains. Goeden understands firsthand how important selecting the right image and packaging for a product can be, as he himself owns a dog food company called “Redpaw.”“We take pride in creating ‘made in America’ products. We wanted to bring higher-quality packaging to the market and using the best materials and printing is essential. We’ve even developed and are marketing a patented compostable package,” said Goeden. “That mentality of achieving the highest quality carries over into our printing services when we work with brands to achieve their vision for their own products. The FLEXCEL NX Wide System’s capabilities allow for greater shelf impact. Our clients are floored when they see the results, especially the color, clarity and consistency.”Precision Color’s packaging offerings have been an evolution. The company previously used a KODAK THERMOFLEX Mid Platesetter before switching to a KODAK THERMOFLEX Wide Platesetter. The FLEXCEL NX Wide System was installed last November and now serves as a complete solution for digital platemaking that delivers outstanding on-press performance. The high-definition flexo plate technology enables the FLEXCEL NX System to increase press uptime, reduce makeready waste and run presses faster to accommodate more print jobs. Precision Color Graphics is able to offer their clients smoother, higher-density solids in a single pass and reduce the number of colors per job for improved productivity. The FLEXCEL NX Wide System also supports plates up to 42 by 60 inches, allowing Precision Color Graphics to produce a wider range of package sizes. Precision Color Graphics uses FLEXCEL NX Plates to protect each brand’s integrity by ensuring that brand colors and images are achieved with consistency and stability on each job, no matter if it is a bag, label or flexible packaging application. FLEXCEL NX Plates provide a wider color gamut, higher densities and greater print stability than traditional digital flexo plates. The FLEXCEL NX Plates have helped Precision Color Graphics accomplish imaging that rivals offset and gravure imaging, while offering greater production flexibility and improved cost savings for the customer. The company relies on KODAK PRINERGY Workflow to streamline and automate its production process. PRINERGY Workflow is the system of choice for powerful file preflighting, color management, trapping and imposition—as well as flexible device connectivity, customizable automation and database-driven production management. To handle the accurate proofing that is so critical in packaging, Precision Color Graphics uses the KODAK APPROVAL NX Digital Color Imaging System. The advantage of the system is that it is capable of producing proofs on the same stock as the final job, which means that customers can preview the dot gain, line screens, and Pantone colors exactly as they will appear in production. Precision Color Graphics also utilizes the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System, giving its clients the option to access and manage prepress workflow for any job, at any time via the web. The system tracks all activity, including job submissions, change requests, and approvals or rejections remotely. According to Goeden, more and more clients are seeing the value in utilizing the INSITE Prepress Portal, especially with some of their larger jobs that require multiple approvals. “Precision Color Graphics has successfully grown its business over the years by listening to its customers’ needs and going above and beyond their expectations with high-quality packaging,” said Nick Brunk, Kodak’s National Packaging Sales Manager. “John has plenty of personal experience within the industry, and it’s great to see how his company has embraced KODAK Solutions to help provide clients with superior products that have remarkable shelf impact and appeal.”  About Commercial Imaging Kodak’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, Flexcel, Prinergy, Approval and Insite are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Forget the Beads—New Orleans Commercial Printer Attracts New Customers by Combining KODAK Technology with a Popular Mardi Gras Tradition

Annual customer event features live demos of KODAK Solutions and hands-on baking for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.  ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 17—When Mele Printing, a New Orleans-based commercial printer and Kodak customer, set its sights on generating new business growth, the company decided to develop a customer open house that was unlike any other. “Mele Printing’s Krewe of Kookies and Kakes” is an annual event that utilizes the company’s unique on-site bakery and features both a baking class and a complete print shop tour. Mele Printing cleverly showcases its extensive printing capabilities as delicious Louisiana-style king cakes bake in the oven. The combination of both local traditions and live printing demos has helped Mele Printing reach new markets and stand out among its competition.      “We’re in the people business. We want to let people know who we are, how we work and what we can really do for their business through our printing services,” said Mallery Mele, President and Owner of Mele Printing. “This is a fun event that helps increase the likelihood of them coming to us for their print needs. At the end of the day, they leave with a freshly-baked king cake and a number of high-quality collateral materials they saw printed right in front of them. It’s an experience that carries on. They eat the cake at home and hang the posters at work; Mele Printing always stays on their mind.”      This past January marked the tenth year for the popular event. Inspired by his brother-in-law, a local professional baker, Mallery Mele came up with the event to bring in potential customers. This year, the classes included over 150 people from 40 different corporations. More than 80 percent of those attendees were visiting Mele Printing for the first time.      “The first year we held the event we started out with just one baking class and shop tour, inviting a small group of potential customers. Once we did one class though, we realized we just had to let everyone do it because it’s so much fun,” said Mele. “The next year we expanded to three classes, then five classes, and one year we even held 10 classes. For 2013, we decided to do seven classes on seven consecutive days leading up to Mardi Gras. It’s evolved into a combination of both our current customers and new business contacts.”      Mele notes that the company invites anyone who may be thinking about doing business with them, and that the class reservations fill up well in advance. The guest list includes marketing professionals, CEOs, insurance companies, manufacturers, municipalities, and even print groups.      According to Mele, it’s not your typical baking class. Every step is timed out perfectly to ensure that both the cakes and print jobs are completed between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.      Attendees start by posing for a group photo that is later used in the product demos. Then they proceed to the bakery to create their dough from scratch, even following through with the Mardi Gras’ tradition of including a plastic baby inside the cake. While the dough bakes, attendees head off to the print shop where they witness firsthand how Mele Printing produces a number of print applications utilizing their entire equipment portfolio. After lunch, attendees return to the bakery to finish decorating their king cakes with glazed topping and colored sugar. Mele completes the day with a demonstration of the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System in the bakery, showing how easily his clients can access and manage prepress workflow anytime and anywhere via the web.      “The best part of it all is that customers are really blown away during the shop tour. It’s called ‘wow’ printing for a reason. I always get ‘wows’ as we walk around the shop and they see the process in action,” said Mele. “The tour is completely built on speed. We’ve invested heavily in the most state-of-the-art technology, and tours are one of the most significant things we can do for our own business.”      The shop tour starts when Mele seamlessly drops the group photo into KODAK PRINERGY Workflow, which the company uses to streamline their production process. The photo is routed to each press in the shop for different demonstrations. No matter the press, KODAK PRINERGY Workflow is the system of choice for powerful file preflighting, color management, trapping and imposition. It offers impressive flexible device connectivity, customizable automation and database-driven production management. Mele refers to PRINERGY Workflow as the foundation of both his shop tour and his operation.      The first print demonstration on the tour is on a KODAK NEXPRESS SE3600 Digital Production Color Press using clear protective coating from the award-winning KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions. The NEXPRESS Platform supports more than 800 standard substrates, and Mele Printing utilizes the NEXPRESS Press 26″ long sheet option to accommodate the larger-sized print jobs they receive. With the Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions, commercial printers are able to differentiate customer applications through watermarking, color gamut expansion, gold effects, unique in-line dimensional printing, high-quality gloss, and clear protective coating—all in a single pass.      Other tour demonstrations include a print application created on a KODAK DIGIMASTER EX150 Digital Production System. This demo is designed to emphasize how quickly Mele Printing can achieve high-value, high-volume applications within quick turnarounds. The tour also highlights the use of KODAK SWORD Thermal Plates, which Mele Printing relies on for all of their offset print jobs.      The tour demonstrations help to illustrate the extensive printing capabilities of Mele Printing. Attendees are given the photos, posters and certificates printed live during the tour to show the quality of each press. In conjunction with Mardi Gras, Mele Printing also experiences an interesting phenomenon every January—an influx of business. Mele credits that to the fact that attendees love to see their own applications being produced live in front of them.       “Our customers love to walk around and point out their own print jobs to the other attendees. They appreciate seeing what we do for them and they’re really proud of how they’re utilizing our capabilities,” said Mele. “The best part is that the attendees of ‘Krewe of Kookies and Kakes’ learn all about the different departments we have. If they are a digital customer, they realize we can do statement printing. If they’re a statement printing customer, they realize we can do fulfillment. Our customers’ confidence levels increase as soon as they see all we can accomplish.” 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, NexPress, Prinergy, Sword and Insite are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Helps Chevillon Imprimeur Improve Productivity with the KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate

Kodak Helps Chevillon Imprimeur Improve Productivity with the KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plate  GLAND, SWITZERLAND, 11 April 2013 — French print house Chevillon Imprimeur has simplified its on-press processes and boosted productivity after investing in the next-generation KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates. The new plates are also enabling the Sens-based company to reinforce its green print infrastructure. The company also recently invested in a KODAK MAGNUS 800 Platesetter with KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System for enhanced print production planning and KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal for easy-to-use web access to prepress workflow.Specializing in magazine printing, Chevillon Imprimeur’s customer base comprises magazine publishers, local authorities and trade-unions. The company employs 24 staff, and recorded sales worth 3.9 million Euros in 2012.Chevillon Imprimeur is a long-standing Kodak customer, and has been using a KODAK LOTEM 800 Platesetter and KODAK THERMAL DIRECT Process Free Plates since 2011. The positive impact of these plates prompted the company to invest in the next generation KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates. Streamlining production, improving qualitySince using the SONORA XP Plates with the KODAK MAGNUS 800 Platesetter, Chevillon Imprimeur has seen productivity soar. The faster imaging speed has spurred a 15% to 20% surge in output. The plate-checking operation has also been simplified thanks to the excellent contrast of the SONORA XP Plates, and they offer the resolution, accuracy and repeatability usually associated with processed plates.Dominique Haudiquet, General Manager at Chevillon Imprimeur comments: “We are very impressed with the SONORA XP Plates. They have helped the business take another big step forward, and not just from a productivity perspective. Using process-free plates underlines to our customers that we are an environmentally responsible company.”Claude Desbrugères, Cluster Business Director, France & Benelux, Kodak, comments: “Chevillon Imprimeur has enjoyed sustained growth and retained its competitive edge thanks to a policy of adopting the latest print solutions. The KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates fit perfectly with this approach. They are already having a big impact on the company’s output, not to mention making it a more sustainableoperation.”About Commercial Imaging Kodak’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, Sonora, Prinergy, Insite, Thermal Direct, Lotem and Magnus are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)© Kodak, 2013

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Pacificolor Upgrades to KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System, Enhances Workflow with KODAK INSITE Solutions

ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 18—Pacificolor, a Salt Lake City-based, privately owned trade shop, is expanding its capabilities with the addition of a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System to better serve a growing customer base. This is the second significant flexographic upgrade since the purchase of its first FLEXCEL NX System just four years ago. This latest addition reflects the long-term commitment Pacificolor has to KODAK Technology and builds on the strong growth the company sees in the flexible packaging market.      In 2008, Pacificolor began as a traditional lithographic trade shop that decided to expand its offerings by entering the package printing market. The company evaluated and tested all the options before selecting the FLEXCEL NX System to be the cornerstone of its flexo packaging business. During the last four years, the company has substantially grown and continually upgraded its systems. Starting with a FLEXCEL NX Narrow System, Pacificolor has since upgraded and added a new FLEXCEL NX Wide System with the complete DEGRAF 500 Series Plate Exposure and Processing System, which more than triples its prior flexo platemaking capacity.      “During the past four years our KODAK Solutions have continually delivered consistent, repeatable, high-quality plates to our packaging customers. As a result, our company has grown significantly year over year,” said Tim Hirsch, president of Pacificolor. “Now, we’re able to provide our customers with greater flexibility and truly impressive turnarounds; we recently created seven mid plates in 135 minutes, from start to packed and in the truck to FedEx. Four years ago, that would have taken us 300 minutes.”      Hirsch also discussed the benefits of the addition of KODAK INSITE Solutions capabilities and KODAK PRINERGY Workflow. “Many of the printers and brand owners who are our customers are appreciative of the service and support capabilities enabled with INSITE Solutions. The new features help to speed design and production with process tracking and online review, collaboration, and approval of jobs. The net result is faster turnaround and processing of work, with more jobs coming through the shop and greater customer satisfaction.      “Today, customers can even approve designs on an APPLE IPAD Tablet—it’s a new level of convenience that helps with customer satisfaction and speed to shelf, which everyone seems to want and need today. Kodak has been a great partner along the way, supporting our needs and allowing us to build and grow step by step as our business has grown.”      Pacificolor is already planning for the next round of Kodak releases. At the recent Graph Expo exhibition in Chicago, Hirsch shared his thoughts and experiences with Kodak CEO Antonio Perez, and Doug Edwards, President of Kodak’s Digital & Functional Printing Group.      A short video interview from Graph Expo is available here: http://youtu.be/n9Ss_7WPbjw        “Pacificolor in many ways mirrors Kodak’s evolution in packaging, moving from an offset-focused company, through the FLEXCEL NX System technology with its pixel-for-pixel imaging consistency, and flat top dot benefits on press, to a strong and fully rounded company with a complete portfolio, offering differentiated products, and leading customer service,” said Doug Edwards, Kodak’s President of Digital & Functional Printing. “The addition of INSITE Software will only enhance their customer service capabilities and satisfaction.”      To learn more about Pacificolor and its expanding capabilities, please visit: http://www.pacificolor.com.  About Commercial Imaging  Kodak’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, Flexcel, Prinergy, Insite are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013