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History of Kodak
George Eastman - the man
  About his Life
Kodak - the company
  Building the Foundation
  Broadening the Impact of Pictures
  Transforming for the Future
Imaging - the basics
  Capturing an Image
  Storing and Sharing Images
  Printing Pictures and Pages
Quality & Ethics - the culture
  Practices and Actions
Milestones - the chronology
1980 - 1989

1980 - Kodak celebrated its 100th anniversary. ♦ The company announced its entry into the clinical diagnostic market with the KODAK EKTACHEM 400 Analyzer, utilizing dry-chemistry blood serum analysis.

1981 - Company sales surpassed the $10 billion mark. ♦ Kodak acquired Atex, Inc., a manufacturer of computer-based publishing systems. ♦ The introduction of KODAK EKTAFLEX PCT Color Printmaking Products made it easy for home darkroom enthusiasts to make color enlargements.

1982 - Kodak launched "disc photography" with a line of compact, "decision-free" cameras built around a rotating disc of film. ♦ KODACOLOR VR 100 Film was introduced, utilizing a new T-GRAIN Emulsion Technology, which represented a major break-through in silver-halide emulsions. ♦ The Kodak pavilion opened in Walt Disney World's new EPCOT Center near Orlando, Florida.

1983 - Colby H. Chandler was elected chairman and chief executive officer and Kay R. Whitmore became president. ♦ The KODAK KAR 4000 Information System provided advanced capabilities for computer-assisted storage and retrieval of microfilm images. ♦ Tennessee Eastman began operation of the only commercial plant in the U.S. for making industrial chemicals from coal. ♦ The KODAK EKTACHEM DT60 Analyzer, a desk-top unit, brought the convenience of dry-chemistry blood serum analysis to the physician's office.

1984 - Kodak entered the video market with the KODAVISION Series 2000 8 mm video system and introduced KODAK Videotape Cassettes in 8 mm, Beta, and VHS formats. ♦ The company announced a full line of flexible floppy disks for personal computers.

1985 - The company introduced two new image management systems - the KODAK EKTAPRINT Electronic Publishing System (KEEPS) and the KODAK Information Management System (KIMS). ♦ Minilab systems for photofinishers were introduced, offering consumers exceptionally fast photo print service.

1986 - The company introduced two new KODACOLOR VR-G 35 Films and re-entered the 35 mm camera market with two new Kodak VR 35 Cameras. ♦ The company announced KODAK ULTRALIFE Lithium Power Cells, the world's first 9-volt lithium cells for consumer use, and entered the general consumer battery market with a line of KODAK SUPRALIFE Batteries. ♦ Kodak entered a new health-care business with the establishment of its Eastman Pharmaceuticals Division.


1987 - The company entered the electronic still-video market with seven products for recording, storing, manipulating, transmitting and printing electronic still video images. ♦ Construction began on a new state-of-the-art sensitizing plant in Rochester, N.Y. for coating color films for professional use. ♦ Kodak announced its first one-time-use camera - the KODAK FLING Camera - which contained a 110 KODACOLOR Film Cartridge.

1988 - Kodak acquired Sterling Drug Inc., which provided the infrastructure and marketing ability Kodak needed to be a profitable participant in ethical and over-the-counter drugs. Kodak eventually sold its non-imaging health-related businesses in 1994. ♦ Qualex, Inc. was established as a joint venture between Kodak and Fuqua Industries, Inc., merging the operations of about 90 photographic processing labs owned by the two parties. ♦ The first line of color negative films created especially for photojournalists was introduced with Kodak EKTAPRESS GOLD films. ♦ Black-and-white film technology progressed with KODAK T-MAX P3200 film. ♦ The KODAK CREATE-A-PRINT 35 mm Enlargement Center enabled consumers to crop and make their own enlargements in a few minutes.

1989 - Kodak celebrated the 100th anniversary of motion pictures by introducing EASTMAN EXR Color Negative Films. ♦ The KODAK XL 7700 Digital Continuous Tone Printer, which produced large format thermal color prints, was introduced. ♦ The one-time-use KODAK STRETCH 35 Camera produced 3 1/2 x 10 - inch prints for panoramic scenes. ♦ The one-time-use KODAK WEEKEND 35 Camera was an all-weather camera capable of taking pictures underwater down to a depth of 8 feet. ♦ The KODAK IMAGELINK Component Series (for document imaging) and KODAK OPTISTAR Products (for computer output) offered a choice of micrographic or digital capture of images. ♦ The KODAK X-OMATIC RA cassette significantly reduced radiographic exposure for pediatric patients. One-time-use KODAK FUN SAVER Panoramic 35 Camera

One-time-use KODAK FUN SAVER Panoramic 35 Camera.
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