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Kodak Achieves Milestone with Installation of 300th FLEXCEL NX System at Innovative North American Pre-media Supplier

OEC Graphics selects Kodak as strategic partner  Celebrating the installation of the 300th KODAK FLEXCEL NX System are (from left to right) Dr. John Anderson and Nick Brunk of Kodak, and Jack Schloesser and Jeff Schloesser of OEC Graphics.  ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 17—OEC Graphics, a multi-facility, full-service flexographic prepress provider, recently installed a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System, marking a significant milestone for Kodak with the 300th installation since the FLEXCEL NX System was launched just five years ago.With a uniquely different technology approach to digital flexo platemaking, Kodak introduced the FLEXCEL NX System at drupa 2008—sparking a period of intense innovation in the flexo prepress industry. The FLEXCEL NX System has driven step-change in flexography, bringing new levels of efficiency, consistency and quality to flexo printing, and has been recognized with multiple industry technology awards.“The FLEXCEL NX System has been on our radar for a very long time,” commented Jeff Schloesser, President, OEC Graphics. “The performance of the system across the industry has been impressive and ultimately it was an easy decision for OEC to invest in this next level of superior plate production. Kodak’s full portfolio and recent transformation into a technology company with a strong focus on our industry makes it an excellent strategic partner for OEC Graphics.”OEC Graphics services a wide variety of markets and will position its FLEXCEL NX Plate offering as an option for all its clients to elevate print quality, reduce press downtime and ink consumption, and increase press speeds. As a company well known for innovation, OEC Graphics will use the technology to develop differentiated offerings for both its brand and printer clients.“As a company we are proud of our technology, and humbled by the rapid industry adoption of FLEXCEL NX System,” said Kuty Paperny, Marketing Director, Flexo Packaging Solutions, Kodak. “None of this would be possible without strong customer relationships. We are delighted to enter into this partnership with OEC Graphics as we celebrate this important milestone.”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/flexcelnx. About Kodak Kodak 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 and are now known as Kodak Alaris, contact Andrew Sharkey at asharkey@smithfieldgroup.com.(Kodak and Flexcel are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Customers Capture Three “Best of Show” Awards at 2013 FTA Forum & INFO*FLEX

A total of 23 awards in six categories go to eye-catching jobs produced with KODAK FLEXCEL NX PlatesROCHESTER, N.Y., May 28—Flexo printers from around the world submitted more than 500 projects to be evaluated by a panel of judges in the 2013 Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Excellence in Flexography Awards. The awards were presented at the FTA Forum & INFO*FLEX show in San Diego last month, and Kodak customers took home three of the seven coveted overall “Best of Show” honors for their outstanding projects. In addition to the three “Best of Show” winners, Kodak customers from North America, Europe, Japan and Australia also captured 20 additional awards across six different flexo categories. All 23 of the award-winning jobs were produced exclusively with KODAK FLEXCEL NXH Plates, demonstrating the versatility of the technology and the ability to deliver outstanding results across a variety of applications with a single plate type. “The fact that nearly half of the ‘Best of Show’ awards went to Kodak customers demonstrates how our technology is helping users do more with less and differentiate themselves in a very competitive environment. The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System truly is a proven solution,” said Dr. John Anderson, Kodak’s Packaging Segment Sales & Product Marketing Director, United States and Canada. “Our family of award-winning flexo solutions is designed to streamline production, deliver high-quality print results, and create high-impact packaging that drives growth.”During the evaluation process, judges inspected the print jobs in terms of level of execution and degree of difficulty. Some of the areas examined include registration tolerances, printing complexity, tonal range, image sharpness, ink coverage, dot/screen/vignette quality, and consistency.The following entries from Kodak customers earned both a Gold Award and the distinguished “Best of Show” in their respective classes:Sunshine Plastics Corp. for extruding, printing, laminating, and converting the “Autumn Lakes Duck A L’Orange wrapper” with prepress and plates supplied by Trisoft Graphics Inc., California. This award represents the second Best of Show Award for Sunshine and third Best of Show Award for Trisoft in recent years.Colbert Flexographic Packaging Corp. for the “EnviroGuard carton” with prepress and plates supplied by Autumn Graphics, Canada. Hear more from Colbert at http://youtu.be/Vu54-IyW-Ok. Encore Envelopes Ltd., UK, for the “Tesco Every Little Helps envelope”Encore Envelopes Ltd. in the U.K. uses FLEXCEL NX Plates exclusively and won a total of five awards this year at the FTA show, including the “Best of Show.” In fact, the company has scooped the top award in each of the past five years using FLEXCEL NX Plates. “The skill of flexo printing is being able to control all the many variables that exist in the process, and for us the Kodak solution takes the plates off the table as a variable,” said Paul Wilson, Print Manager. “They are totally repeatable and consistent—nothing varies from one day to another. So we don’t need to be constantly measuring, and that allows us to get great efficiencies from the press. We want to be the best at what we do, and the FLEXCEL NX System helps us to do that.”One of the trends noted by judges is that today’s technology is helping flexographic printing achieve photorealistic quality. Many of them indicated that flexography is continuing to rival and even surpass offset, gravure, and digital print processes.“This was a very exciting week for our customers—many of whom are becoming frequent award winners for their printed work using Kodak’s flexo technology,” added Anderson. “Flexography is a growing market undergoing significant change right now, and together with our customers, Kodak is proud to be a part of the continuing innovation.”The FTA Forum and INFO*FLEX is one of North America’s most significant flexographic events of the year, and attendees come to see the latest technology and learn more about the market trends that can help them grow their business. Photos and information about all the winners can be found in the May issue of FLEXO magazine at www.flexography.org. For more information about what Kodak shared at the FTA Forum and INFO*FLEX event, please visit www.kodak.com/go/domorewithless. 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 and Flexcel 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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Autumn Graphics Selects KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System to Expand with New U.S. Operation

Company’s third FLEXCEL NX System powers ongoing growthROCHESTER, N.Y., April 29—As one of the earliest users of KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plate technology, Autumn Graphics has leveraged the unique capabilities of the system to expand its customer base and grow into new services. Autumn Graphics installed its first FLEXCEL NX System in London, Ontario, in 2008 and added a FLEXCEL NX Wide System in 2010. Now, The company is installing another FLEXCEL NX Wide System, which includes the new KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide-C Imager, in its new U.S. operation, Autumn Graphics U.S. Inc., in Fayetteville, Arkansas. “The flexo technology from Kodak has been a real cornerstone of our operation,” said Ben Abray, President of Autumn Graphics. “We’ve built a very dynamic, differentiated business that includes the ability of the FLEXCEL NX System to drive significant on-press production efficiencies and a level of quality that is unsurpassed. Our clients look to us to provide the best value for the cost—to help them improve productivity and increase profitability. That means delivering plates that perform consistently and processes that optimize the performance of the press.”Autumn Graphics is consistently at the forefront of technology, as a regular KODAK Product beta partner for new product development, and is already one of the largest global users of FLEXCEL NX Plates. The company is purchasing this third device, and is establishing the Northwest Arkansas organization, to better serve its existing U.S. client base, continue its plan for growth and add capacity to its growing international operation.“For more than 30 years, we have been committed to investing in the best technology, delivering outstanding customer service and meeting the changing needs of our clients,” added Abray. “Kodak has played a critical role in our evolution and in the flexographic industry as a whole. The FLEXCEL NX Plate technology is one of the key tools that we use, along with how we run our business, to assist our customers in achieving their goals in a very competitive packaging environment.”The new FLEXCEL NX Wide-C Imager is the latest platform in the FLEXCEL NX System product range. Developed specifically for users that have need for a maximum plate size of 42ʺ x 60ʺwith a compact footprint, the device is designed with the operator in mind, incorporating new loading features and full support for the imaging of KODAK FLEXCEL NX Thermal Imaging Layer and KODAK DITR Film.The consistency, plate dot structure and high densities delivered by the FLEXCEL NX System enable print efficiencies that include faster start-up times, reduced waste, longer plate life and reduction in the number of print stations required per job. In addition, the full tonal range, high contrast and bright, clean colors allow prepress service providers and converters to compete for business traditionally beyond the capabilities of flexo. The system provides to clients both the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of flexo with the quality normally expected from offset or gravure printing. “Since FLEXCEL NX Technology became commercially available almost five years ago, we have been able to significantly transform the perception and performance of flexographic printing,” noted Dr. John Anderson, Kodak’s Packaging Segment Sales & Product Marketing Director, United States and Canada. “Kodak’s culture of innovation extends from workflow and prepress to digital, offset and flexo printing. Our customers around the world continue to grow, relying on us to develop cutting-edge solutions like the FLEXCEL NX Systems to fuel their success.”Autumn Graphics Ltd. is an independent, privately owned Canadian company providing pre-media production, plate production and graphics management services to consumer product companies, converters, printers and advertising agencies. The company was built on a foundation of business integrity and production excellence. It continues to invest in research and development, technology, people, processes and to secure the ongoing success of its customers.Operations Manager Joe Muller will lead the production team at the new U.S. domestic organization, Autumn Graphics U.S. Inc. Joe has been involved in the FLEXCEL NX Plate Technology since the beginning and has been helping support the technology at Autumn Graphics Ltd. for the last six years. “We are excited about having Joe and his experience on our team. We look forward to growing our business out of Northwest Arkansas as we continue to evolve as an international supplier to the packaging market,” added Abray. 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 and Flexcel are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Launches New Global Certification Program for FLEXCEL NX System Users

Users who achieve certified status will display the mark of a trusted partner  ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 25—The award-winning KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, launched nearly five years ago, has led a revolution in flexography by bringing a higher standard of efficiency, consistency, and quality to flexo printing. The new certification program is designed to take the success of the FLEXCEL NX System to the next level by assuring 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, representing a feature set that drives industry-leading efficiency, stability, and quality in print. The certification process is supported by comprehensive data measurement and recommendations from satisfied clients.“The market has come to know and appreciate the capabilities of the FLEXCEL NX System, and the new program will make it even easier for packaging professionals to know they can expect the best for their next project,” explained Kuty Paperny, Kodak’s Marketing Director, Flexo Packaging Solutions. “A number of customers around the world are already in the process of getting certified. Our users are proud and excited to have this program as a visible way to promote their use of FLEXCEL NX Plate technology.”With a proven history of helping users “Do More with Less,” the FLEXCEL NX System enables print efficiencies that include faster startup times, reduced waste, longer plate life, and reduction in the number of print stations required per job. Furthermore, the broad tonal range, high contrast, and excellent color reproduction allow prepress service providers and converters to compete for business traditionally beyond the capabilities of flexo.Owners of the FLEXCEL NX System should visit www.kodak.com/go/flexcelnx to learn more about the new program and apply to become certified, while printers and print buyers should look for the certification mark from their FLEXCEL NX Plate prepress providers. 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 and Flexcel are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)  2013

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Kodak Names Spicers a Gold Reseller for the Canadian Graphic Communications Market

“Our relationship with Spicers continues to flourish and it is now one of our most important in North America”ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 25—Kodak has named Spicers Canada Limited a Gold Reseller for its portfolio of commercial imaging solutions throughout Canada. Spicers is a long-standing Canadian reseller of Kodak’s industry-leading Unified Workflow Solutions, such as KODAK PRINERGY Workflow, KODAK CTP Systems, and KODAK Plates, Consumables and Services. The expanded, Gold Reseller, relationship will enable Spicers to offer a broader range of solutions including Packaging Solutions such as KODAK FLEXCEL NX Products and Digital Printing Solutions.“Our relationship with Spicers continues to flourish and it is now one of our most important in North America,” explained John O’Grady, Managing Director, U.S. & Canada Region and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “Kodak’s channel strategy in Canada is to work with partners who have a strong business alignment with Kodak, and the capability to sell workflow, prepress, flexographic and digital print solutions. Spicers will deliver value to the graphics market and our mutual customers.” Kodak’s Gold Resellers have several advantages including:· access to some of Kodak’s most advanced graphics technologies, including PROSPER S-Series Imprinting Systems, NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Presses, and Packaging solutions;· increased involvement and services within a wider range of offset customers.Kodak selects Gold Resellers based on the commitment they have demonstrated to Kodak and their expertise representing Kodak’s broad range of Commercial Imaging solutions.       “In Kodak we have a respected and trusted partner united with Spicers in a common focus on the strength that exists within Canada’s commercial print market,” said Cory Turner, President, Spicers Canada Limited. “By working closely together, I am very confident both companies will create relevant solutions that will make positive contributions to our customers’ ongoing success.”       Cory Turner talks about Spicers and Kodak’s relationship here: http://bit.ly/XAvuyN   About Spicers   Spicers Canada Limited is a leading distributor of fine paper, graphic arts, sign and display, and industrial packaging equipment and consumables in Vaughan, Ontario. It operates from 15 distribution centers strategically located across Canada.  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, Flexcel, NexPress, Prinergy and Prosper are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Celebrates First Eastern European Installation of KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System at Edas Pack

Kodak Celebrates First Eastern European Installation of KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System at Edas PackGLAND, SWITZERLAND, February 07— Leading Russian flexible packaging supplier Edas Pack has chosen to address increased demand for high quality results with investment in the region’s first KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System for digital flexo plate imaging.As one of the largest flexible packaging suppliers in central Russia, Edas Pack, headquartered in Moscow, counts global brands Nestle, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Danone (Unimilk), and Campina, among its clients as well as Russian customers RotFront, Babayevskaya, and Kreker. To maintain long working relationships with such high-profile names, Edas Pack is committed to investing in the latest plate processing and printing technologies. This is why it chose to meet its expanding business demands and increased production capacity needs with the first FLEXCEL NX Wide System (1067х1524 mm) in Russia and CIS countries.The innovative technology will enable the company to meet stringent quality demands to help protect brand image and deliver consistent quality day in day out. Alexander Kudryavtsev, Business Manager at Edas Pack, is sure the new system will achieve just that and solve the capacity issue for a number of years: “The FLEXCEL NX Wide System is a highly reliable, industrial solution that can cope with the strenuous demands it will be placed under here at Edas Pack.”Sergei Doychenko, Chairman of Edas Pack adds: “The installation is the result of extensive work by prepress experts, who analyzed all the systems and units functioning here. Kodak may have entered the packaging market relatively recently, but they undoubtedly produce top-class equipment.”Kodak collaboration delivers quality driven solutionKodak’s packaging business in Russia and Eastern Europe is growing rapidly, with volume doubling each of the last three years. In fact sales during drupa 2012 were the same as for the whole of 2011 and Fidel Herranz, General Manager at Kodak Russia comments: “The first installation of a large-format system in Russia and Eastern Europe is a very important step for us. We’re proud of our collaboration with Edas Pack, and have no doubt that the company will benefit from a highly reliable and efficient solution, which will enable them to take a big leap forward in print quality. The FLEXCEL NX Wide System makes reproducing brand colors much simpler, which is crucial for modern packaging production.”Fidel Herranz further expands: “Edas Pack always keeps pace with new technologies – it’s the ideal environment for the first installation of the FLEXCEL NX Wide System in Russia. We’re very confident that the solution will help Edas Pack to grow its customer base and offer even greater quality to its clients. He continues: “After Edas Pack expressed the desire to purchase the FLEXCEL NX Wide System, we thoroughly analyzed its production environment and discussed how the company could get the most from the system. The efficiency and quality of the FLEXCEL NX Wide System’s flexographic printing will prove a key differentiator for Edas Pack.”But what impact will the solution make? “The first wide-format system in the country is a very positive step,” states Dmytry Pchyolkin, Director at NLC. “The FLEXCEL NX System will enable Edas Pack to reach a new level of quality. Together with technicians from the Kodak Russia office, our technical support team will ensure the company gets the most value from this very advanced system.” Increasing capacity to meet customer demandEdas Pack’s plate processing area is equipped with cutting-edge technologies including a KODAK THERMOFLEX Mid II Platesetter for laser imaging of flexo plates. According to the prepress staff, the system is highly reliable and consistent.The latest addition uses the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide Imager to achieve high-resolution imaging of the FLEXCEL NX Thermal Imaging Layer, as well as a FLEXCEL NX Wide Laminator to laminate the FLEXCEL NX Thermal Imaging Layer onto the FLEXCEL NX Plate. And unlike rival technologies, the FLEXCEL NX Wide System allows Edas Pack to create flat-top print dots with a uniform micro-level texturization pattern on their surface. This enables a significant increase in ink transfer efficiency, delivering higher densities and smoother solids with no increase in ink laydown. FLEXCEL NX System wins outSergey Teplyshov, head of Edas Pack’s prepress department, explains choosing the KODAK Solution followed careful assessment of the market available options: “For 18 months we evaluated nearly every system available from Russian dealers. But when we saw a FLEXCEL NX System in action, we knew it was the right solution for us, though the wide-format version was still in beta testing at the time. The FLEXCEL NX System allows us to solve the most complicated problems in the PRINERGY EVO POWERPACK Workflow System. And it eliminates everything that flexographers dislike: rounded tops of printing dots and uneven height of printing elements, problems with dot gain control, too low ink transfer in solids. The system adds a single, simple workflow stage, enabling us to achieve results that rival or even surpass offset. And solids are no longer a problem with KODAK DIGICAP NX Screening Technology, which is a real miracle!”Fidel Herranz concludes: “The installation of a FLEXCEL NX Wide System at a top-drawer company like Edas Pack shows that the Russian packaging market is developing fast and demands higher quality.”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 Evo Powerpack, Digicap, Thermoflox and FlexcelNX are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2013

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Kodak Kicks Off Graph Expo 2012 with Three Must See ’Ems Awards

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 13—Digital printing, workflow and packaging solutions from Kodak have been recognized with three Must See ’Ems awards. The Must See ’Ems honors are awarded to products and services that will be showcased at Graph Expo 2012 and feature innovative and compelling technology for the printing industry. Show attendees can hear customer stories, see samples and get demos of the winning products in the Kodak booth #1221.      An independent industry expert committee selects products, hardware, software, and services for Must See ’Ems awards if the innovations are judged to have a significant impact for print professionals. The Must See ’Ems product and technology program is sponsored by the Graphic Arts Show Company. The products or services honored must be compelling to the majority of Graph Expo attendees and industry.      The following Kodak submissions were awarded and recognized:·         KODAK NEXPRESS Gold Dry Ink: a gold metallic sparkle effect using a gold-tinted Dry Ink for applications such as direct mail, certificates, photos, tickets and many others. Customers can create different variations of gold-toned tints or different effects by putting combinations of process colors underneath the gold.·         KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal System, version 6.5 is a web-based management system that makes it easier for print buyers, prepress operators, and service representatives to submit jobs, proof and approve work, track progress, and collaborate on changes. The latest version includes an application that allows users to do so from an Apple iPad tablet.·         KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System uses innovative, energy-efficient, high-power laser engraving to produce superior quality press-ready elastomer sleeves with increased production throughput. The system makes affordable, high-quality, in the round flexo sleeve production a reality and demonstrates Kodak’s ongoing commitment to deliver truly differentiated solutions into the packaging segment.             “Kodak’s presence at Graph Expo is generating a lot of buzz and excitement ahead of the show,” said John O’Grady, Kodak’s Managing Director, U.S. & Canada Region, and Vice President. “These awards are just the beginning of what is going to be an exciting event. We will have great solutions on display and, following a very successful drupa, we’re ready to show our latest innovations to our customers.”      Gaining industry recognition, award recipients are featured on the Graph Expo website, the Must See ’Ems website, and Graph Expo-related press conferences and releases.       For more information about Kodak’s presence and activities at Graph Expo, please visit www.kodak.com/go/graphexpo or booth #1221. 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, NexPress, Insite, and Flexcel are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2012

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Kodak Shows and Demonstrates Packaging Solutions that Drive Impact and Efficiency from Concept to Consumer at Labelexpo Americas 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 10—Kodak is driving innovation in packaging and label printing at Labelexpo Americas 2012, showing a broad range of solutions that offer benefits across the packaging value chain from brand owners to trade shops to packaging and label printers and converters in its booth, #5606.      “Packaging is a strategic area of importance for Kodak, and Labelexpo Americas is an excellent opportunity to show the full range of solutions that we offer to support, enhance and protect brands,” said Dr. John Anderson, Kodak’s Packaging Segment Director, Americas. Flexographic Solutions and Demos      Taking center stage, Kodak will share customer successes, applications, packages and labels that utilize its award-winning flexographic solutions. The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System and the recently launched KODAK FLEXCEL DIRECT System represent the leading edge of innovation, delivering outstanding efficiency and high-quality flexographic printing.      Visitors to the show will see KODAK Solutions represented in numerous locations and will learn how they can “Do More with Less,” which is Kodak’s theme for the show. They also can see a live printing demonstration and learn about the role that the KODAK SPOTLESS Flexographic Solution can play in driving flexibility and efficiency in package and label printing by reducing the need for spot colors.      Kodak, MPS and Reproflex3 (R3) will host an exciting live demonstration of this latest trend—“Do More With 4” will be shown in the MPS booth, #927. Live demonstrations will be held on Wed., Sept. 12, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. The presentation will show how printers can enjoy the flexibility of printing in just four colors and still achieve an impressive color gamut, image quality, consistency and registration. It will imitate real-life production, from prepress to print, with a spotless workflow.      KODAK Systems can be seen in several partner and customer booths, including Xpedx, which will have labels in its booth produced using the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System and printed by Gintzler Graphics. The packaging labels and customer samples in the Xpedx booth demonstrate a diverse range of applications.      Media and print samples from the KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System will be on display at the KODAK booth. The KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System uses innovative, energy-efficient, high-power direct laser engraving to produce superior press-ready elastomer sleeves and flat plates with increased production throughput. The complete KODAK Solution, which includes imager, media and software, allows printers and prepress service providers access to simplified in-house platemaking and more affordable production of high-quality in-the-round flexographic sleeves. The FLEXCEL Direct System uses no solvents, has a low cost of ownership and integrates with the current KODAK Workflow to provide a versatile solution that expands customers’ production capabilities and elevates the capabilities of printing with direct-engraved materials to a whole new level.Powerful Packaging Workflows and Protecting the Brand      The Flexographic Solutions are complemented by the KODAK PRINERGY POWERPACK Workflow, which is also on display in the Kodak booth. Visitors can learn how to integrate and automate the entire packaging process while delivering outstanding performance and reliability. In-booth demonstrations will show ways to increase efficiencies and speed cycle times with exceptional automation, processing, editing and layout tools, and more.      Brand owners can learn about Kodak Security Solutions and KODAK DESIGN2LAUNCH Solutions for a more efficient and effective branding and packaging workflow.      “Kodak is delivering powerful packaging and label solutions that enable production cost savings and efficiencies without sacrificing that all-important visual impact of the final product,” said Anderson.      At the show, Kodak’s Dr. John Anderson will lead a session entitled “The Future of Combination Printing.” The session will also include Andrew M. Colletta, President and CEO of Nipster USA, and Tony Dardano, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at International Labels and Printing Company. The session will focus on integrating conventional and digital technologies using value-added techniques, with case study examples.      Labelexpo Americas is the largest label-converting event in the Americas. In addition to the traditional markets of the United States and Canada, it also attracts a fast-growing number of Latin American converters. Labelexpo Americas is the place that label converters from across the Americas come to visit and see new technology, source new suppliers and buy new machinery.For more information about Kodak at Labelexpo, please visit www.kodak.com/go/labelexpo. About KodakAs 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, Spotless, PowerPack and Design2Launch are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2012

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Kodak Teams up with MPS and Reproflex3 for Exciting “Do More with 4” Live Demo at Labelexpo Americas

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 30—Kodak, MPS and Reproflex3 (R3) will host an exciting live demonstration of the latest trend in flexographic printing at the upcoming Labelexpo event in Chicago. Designed to demonstrate the power of spot color reduction for everyday flexographic print production, the collaboration will reveal how recent developments in prepress, plate and press technology can drive outstanding efficiencies in label production without sacrificing print quality and brand integrity.“It’s time to think differently about flexo printing with only four colors,” said Kodak’s Dr. John Anderson, Packaging Segment Director, Americas Region. “A spotless workflow is finally here that allows you to ‘Do More with 4’ than you ever imagined, and it can revolutionize the way you plan daily production, bringing flexibility and significant cost benefits. Kodak’s revolutionary digital flexo plate technology brings outstanding consistency, predictability and quality to flexographic printing and provides the solid foundation upon which the ‘Do More with 4’ concept is built.”R3 has worked with printers, brands and retailers extensively over the past 15 years. “Recognizing the value that SPOTLESS Printing Technology provides, R3 is delighted to be part of demonstrating just what a world without spot colors would look like,” noted Andrew Hewitson, Joint Managing Director, R3, the UK-based pre-media specialists and leading proponents of a fixed color palette spotless workflow. “Successful implementation is all about collaboration and a system approach. With the right partnership in place, brands and printers alike can take full advantage of printing with fewer spot colors, without sacrificing the all-important package design and color fidelity.”The demonstration, which is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, with feature presentations at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, will feature KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates and the KODAK SPOTLESS Flexographic Solution, together with the latest MPS EF-410 Press. “The traditional technical key barriers of color gamut, image quality, consistency and registration have been overcome,” commented Eric Hoendervangers, Director at MPS. “Our next-generation printing presses are ideal for working with SPOTLESS Printing Technology, as print consistency and repeatability are facts. Thanks to MPS’s full press automation and job memory, high-quality printing is within reach for everybody.”The joint demonstration takes place at the MPS booth #927 and guides the audience through a real-world production scenario from prepress to print, with a spotless workflow. The event promises to be a “must see” at the show. For more information about Kodak at Labelexpo, please visit www.kodak.com/go/labelexpo. About MPSMPS builds printing and converting machines for the self-adhesive and packaging printing market. MPS is responsible for a large number of revolutionary innovations like Crisp.Dot Flexo printing, Quick Change Die, Automated Process Control (APC), including Job Memory and automatic plate mounting. A user-friendly interface including iControl guarantees optimal operator satisfaction. The presses are developed with the absolute focus on print quality and the lowest cost per 1,000 labels.About R3R3 is a Pre Media, Packaging Specialist based in the UK. Believing that they are more than just a repro or platemaking supplier R3, over the past 15 years, has developed a service which gives its clients a pre-press direction and a repro tool kit which drives efficiency and quality. They do this by working closely with all the pre-press elements of the flexographic print process and their extensive knowledge of workflows and colour management. 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, and Spotless are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2012

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ADFLEX Positions for Growth with Installation of First KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide System in the Northeast

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 21—Following a very successful year with its KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, ADFLEX Corporation has installed the new FLEXCEL NX Wide System to produce larger plates, expand its client base, add new services, and fuel its own growth. The Rochester, N.Y.–based flexographic trade shop becomes the first site in the northeastern United States to install the new device, expanding its capacity and differentiating itself in the highly competitive flexo marketplace.ADFLEX enjoys the benefits of the award-winning FLEXCEL NX Wide System and KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates in its own production environment, and has found its clients to be appreciative as well. “We’ve been very impressed with the unmatched pixel-for-pixel imaging, combined with the outstanding KODAK DIGICAP NX Screening for ink transfer. Our customers are just amazed when they compare before and after capabilities,” said Jeff Andolora, President of ADFLEX.“Knowing we can handle the premium work is great, but the majority of the work for our customers today does not demand that,” Andolora continued. “Instead, the benefits the printers are seeing with the KODAK Plates every day in ink transfer, easy cleaning, plate life, and full tonal range make it look as if we increased the line screen when we haven’t.”The FLEXCEL NX System is a complete solution for digital platemaking that allows users to push the boundaries of flexo printing. The system uses a unique combination of superior imaging technology and materials science to produce plates that deliver outstanding on-press performance. Benefits include smoother, higher-density solids without laying down more ink; wider color gamut; higher line screens; high-density white in a single pass; a reduction in the number of colors required per job; reduced press downtime; and reduced makeready.The FLEXCEL NX Wide System provides all the features and benefits of the current FLEXCEL NX System in a larger format, supporting plates up to 42 by 60 inches. This allows ADFLEX to produce a wider range of package sizes for their printer and brand owner customers, or increase efficiency through the ability to optimize job layout on one plate. The new FLEXCEL NX Wide System dramatically increases the quality and efficiency of flexographic printing for applications including tags and labels, folding cartons, and flexible packages, while also offering improved productivity and predictability on press.“ADFLEX has not limited its success to one application or market, but across the board including labels, folding cartons, pre-print liners, gift wrap, coated and uncoated paper, foils, films and shrink wraps with all ink types,” noted Kodak’s Dr. John Anderson, Worldwide Packaging Segment Manager. “ADFLEX has used the KODAK Solution in new and exciting ways, showing its diversity and flexibility for a broad range of clients. The simplicity of just one plate type for all applications, and a single standard DIGICAP NX Surface Screening pattern for efficient ink transfer, reduces complexity for our customers and enables them to focus on the important tasks of strengthening and growing their businesses.”ADFLEX Corporation was established in 1935 as Ad-Service Engraving Company. Ad-Service was a primary source of engravings for newspapers and department stores. The company added flexographic printing plates in the 1970s, and in 1980 the name was changed to ADFLEX Corporation. Since then its technical capabilities have given the company an edge on art design and platemaking for the packaging industry.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, and Digicap are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)2012

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Kodak Energizes drupa 2012 with Digital Solutions for Customers in a Hybrid World

Heavy traffic and strong sales highlight the two-week event in DusseldorfDÜSSELDORF, GERMANY, May 16—drupa 2012, the graphic arts industry’s largest exhibition that takes place every four years, marked a major turning point for the industry and for Kodak. The print, publishing, and packaging markets are undergoing dynamic change, and Kodak is helping customers add value to print with the broadest portfolio of traditional, digital, and hybrid solutions. Over the course of the show, Kodak exceeded its sales goals and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees around the world. A constant flood of visitors filled the stand to see product demonstrations, talk with product experts, and hear from Kodak customers who are embracing change with Kodak solutions. The KODAK PROSPER 6000XL Press, KODAK NEXPRESS SX3300 Digital Production Color Press, KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System, KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates, and KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System v6, were just a few of the solutions drawing standing-room-only crowds throughout the two weeks, showing that the market is searching for innovative solutions to help them differentiate and grow their businesses.“drupa has been an extraordinary event on many fronts—for our industry, our customers, and for Kodak,” said Antonio M. Perez, Kodak Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “I am very excited about how our customers are embracing change and adding new solutions to create higher value printed products for their clients. They have shared with me many examples of how KODAK Products and Solutions are the catalyst for this change and how they are staking their futures on the unique, market-leading applications we enable.”A significant increase in orders for KODAK Equipment from customers around the world underscores the rapid growth of print in emerging markets. The printing and publishing industries in Asia have been experiencing double digit growth, resulting in multiple orders for KODAK PROSPER 1000 and 5000XL Presses at drupa. The modernization of government offices in Latin America yielded a multi-solution order for Kodak’s digital prepress and printing technology, and the rapid rise of consumer packaged goods in Greater Russia and Eastern Europe has brought in a large number of orders for KODAK FLEXCEL NX Systems.“Our expertise in imaging and materials science, combined with our intimate knowledge of the markets we serve, drives everything we do,” added Perez. “We leverage our presence at industry events around the world to learn more from our customers and ensure we are designing and delivering digital solutions on which they can build and grow.”As print’s role in driving successful multichannel communications increases, the industry is innovating to keep up with the changes. Kodak is leading the way with products and solutions that are helping customers around the globe produce higher value, highly-personalized pages for their clients. For more information about Kodak at drupa, go to www.kodak.com/go/drupa.  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, Prosper, NexPress, Flexcel, Sonora, and Prinergy are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)