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    1990-1999

     

    1990 - Kay Whitmore was elected Kodak Chairman and CEO.♦Kodak announced the development of its Photo CD system for playing images on television screens, and proposed a worldwide standard for defining color in the digital environment of computers and computer peripherals. ♦ The KODAK PREMIER Image Enhancement System helped commercial and industrial photography labs achieve new levels of quality and productivity by combining silver-halide and electronic technologies to scan photographs, digitize the information, and then output to photographic film or paper. ♦ The company announced its first product in a new family of document management systems, providing high-speed printing capability for centralized duplicating departments. ♦ Kodak began a recycling program for one-time use cameras and also began using recycled paperboard for film boxes.

    1991 - Sterling Drug Inc. announced an agreement with Sanofi, a leading French pharmaceutical company, that would result in a number of joint ventures between the companies. ♦ The KODAK Professional Digital Camera System (DCS) was introduced, enabling photojournalists to take electronic pictures with a Nikon F-3 camera equipped by Kodak with a 1.3 megapixel sensor. ♦ New copiers from Kodak offered innovative digital features, such as the ability to customize copies of original documents. ♦ Construction of a new state-of-the-art sensitizing plant that began in 1986 in Rochester, N.Y. for coating color films for the professional and motion picture markets was completed.

    1992 - Kodak launched a writeable CD that its first customer, MCI, used for producing telephone bills for corporate accounts. ♦ The KODAK FUN SAVER Telephoto 35 camera was added to the popular line of one-time use cameras. ♦ Kodak sold its 100,000th X-OMAT X-ray film processor, first introduced in 1956. ♦ The company announced a joint R&D project with Canon, Fuji, Minolta and Nikon to develop an Advanced Photographic System. ♦ New digital products included the KODAK Professional DCS 200 Digital Camera and the KODAK XLT 7720 Digital Continuous Tone Printer. ♦ KODAK EKTAPRO Projectors became the first Kodak slide projectors to connect to a computer. ♦ Kodak received an R&D 100 Award for its INSIGHT Thoracic Imaging System, which produced significantly improved X-ray images of soft tissues. ♦ KODACOLOR film celebrated its 50th anniversary.


    KODAK Photo CD Player.

    1993 - Kodak introduced 20 new photographic products, including the sleek, compact CAMEO 35 mm Camera Line; new EKTACHROME LUMIERE Films; an underwater version of EKTACHROME Film; and the KODAK FUN SAVER Portrait 35 One-Time Use Camera. ♦ The company launched a stream of new software products and Photo CD formats for commercial use, in addition to a portable Photo CD player. ♦ Using Kodak's new CINEON Technology, Kodak technicians digitally restored Walt Disney's 1937 classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." ♦ George M.C. Fisher, previously CEO of Motorola, became Kodak's Chairman and CEO. ♦ At year-end, Eastman Chemical Company (including Distillation Products business), founded in 1920, was spun off to shareholders and became an independent company with its own board of directors and New York Stock Exchange listing.

    1994 - Kodak announced 30 new products, including KODAK ROYAL GOLD Film and new digital imaging products and services. Digital products included the KODAK Copyprint Station, for making new prints from old prints; the KODAK Digital Enhancement Station 100, enabling retailers to help consumers eliminate defects such as "red-eye;" and the KODAK Creation Station, an easy-to-use walk-up center for making digital prints from negatives, slides, prints and Photo CD images. ♦ Kodak divested its non-imaging health-related businesses - Sterling Winthrop, L&F Products and Clinical Diagnostics - enabling the company to focus all of its resources on its core imaging business. Proceeds from the sale of these businesses was used to substantially reduce debt.


    KODAK ROYAL GOLD Film

     

    1995 - Kodak introduced its Internet website, kodak.com, providing an opportunity for Internet users all over the world to learn more about Kodak's people, products, services, and history. ♦ In March, Kodak advanced its digital imaging business with the KODAK DC40 Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera, and new premium-grade paper and transparency film formulated to provide high-quality color images from ink-jet printers. ♦ In September, Kodak announced that Danka Business Systems PLC would sell and service Kodak high-volume copiers throughout the U.S. and Canada.


    KODAK DC40 Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera

     

    1996 - The Advanced Photo System format was introduced. Features included drop-in film cartridge loading, mid-roll change enabling the film to be removed before being completely exposed, and three different picture formats (Classic, Group, and Panoramic). Kodak unveiled the ADVANTIX brand, for its related products. ♦ In June, the company unveiled the first in a series of pocket-sized digital cameras for the rapidly growing consumer digital market. ♦ Kodak television commercials featured the theme, "Take Pictures. Further.," a campaign designed to broaden the appeal of the Kodak brand. ♦ The company shipped its 10,000th medical laser printer, the KODAK EKTASCAN 2180 Laser Printer, to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. ♦ Daniel A. Carp was appointed Kodak's President and Chief Operating Officer.


    The KODAK DC20 Digital Camera, the first in a series of pocket-sized digital cameras, was introduced in 1996.

    1997 - Kodak sold the sales, marketing, and equipment service operations of its Office Imaging business and its facilities management business (formerly known as Kodak Imaging Services) to Danka Business Systems PLC. ♦ The company introduced four new GOLD Films (400, 200, and 100 speeds and Max 800 speed) that employed COLORSHARP Technology. ♦ By February, the company had recycled more than 100 million one-time-use cameras since the program began in 1990. ♦ The KODAK Picture Network was announced, enabling people to view their photos, order reprints, and share their pictures with friends and family around the world via the Internet. ♦ In April, the company unveiled the KODAK DIGITAL SCIENCE DC120 Zoom Digital Camera, the first point-and-shoot megapixel quality digital camera under $1,000. ♦ Kodak and Sun Chemical Corporation agreed to form a joint venture, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, to supply the graphic arts market with sensitized products as well as computer-to-plate and other digital solutions. ♦ An advanced Kodak image sensor allowed NASA's Mars Rover to "see" as it moved about to explore that planet's surface.

    1998 - KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA Color Negative Films, and KODAK PROFESSIONAL SUPRA III Color Paper were introduced. ♦ America Online and Kodak announced "You've Got Pictures!" a service where AOL members could have their processed pictures delivered online. ♦ Kodak acquired most of Imation Corporation's worldwide medical imaging business, including the DRYVIEW Laser Imaging business. ♦ Astronaut John Glenn and the other members of the STS-95 crew used a KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS 460 Digital Camera to capture high-resolution images for real-time transmission back to Earth during their space flight.

    1999 - Kodak sold its digital printer, copier/duplicator, and roller assembly operations to Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. The two companies also expanded their joint venture, NexPress, which was created in 1998. ♦ The company announced DURALIFE Paper, a revolutionary new photographic paper for snapshots. It set benchmarks in virtually every performance category, including tear-resistance, durability, brightness and whiteness, image sharpness, and resistance to curling. ♦ Kodak's Commercial & Government Systems business introduced an Earth-imaging digital camera capable of showing surface objects as small as one meter in length. ♦ Kodak and Lexmark International, Inc. teamed up to introduce the KODAK Personal Picture Maker for home printing of digital images. ♦ The Health Imaging business announced the KODAK DRYVIEW 8600 Laser Imaging System for mammography and three state-of-the-art digital radiography systems for capturing x-ray images. ♦ Kodak and Sanyo Electric Co. unveiled the world's first commercial model of a full-color, active matrix organic electroluminescent (OLED) display.


    KODAK DRYVIEW 8600 Laser Imaging System for mammography