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    2000 - Dan Carp became Kodak's CEO in addition to his responsibilities as President. ♦ Kodak's Health Imaging unit introduced 45 new products during the year, including, KODAK InSight Intraoral Dental Film; a dental radiography film that helped dentists reduce radiation exposure to patients while delivering excellent images; and two new digital radiography systems, the KODAK DirectView DR 9000 and DirectViewDR 5000. ♦ Kodak's Entertainment Imaging unit and Qualcomm Inc. launched an initiative to collaborate on testing of core technologies for the creation of a high-quality digital cinema system. ♦ At year-end, Kodak completed the acquisition of Lumisys, Inc., a leading provider of desktop computed radiography systems and x-ray film digitizers.

    KODAK Directview DR9000 Digital Radiography System



    2001 - Dan Carp became Kodak's Chairman in addition to his responsibilities as President and CEO. ♦ Kodak entered into an alliance with Maytag Corporation, Maytag's Dixie-Narco vending machine division and e-Vend.net that would use vending machines and the Internet to expand the number of locations where consumers could buy film and one-time-use cameras. ♦ The company completed its acquisition of Bell & Howell Company's imaging businesses. ♦ Kodak announced a new worldwide advertising campaign, "Share Moments. Share Life." ♦ The KODAK EASYSHARE System, a new line of digital cameras and docking systems that set the standard for ease of use for digital photography, was launched. ♦ In June, the company acquired Ofoto, Inc., a leading online photography service.

    KODAK DX3700 Digital Camera and Camera Dock



    2002 - Kodak finalized the acquisition of Encad, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kodak, focused exclusively on the wide-format inkjet printing industry. ♦ KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Processing was introduced, which marked the expansion of the company's digital photo processing offering to consumers. By individually scanning and digitally processing each picture, KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Processing removes dark shadows, reveals richer detail, improves sharpness and contrast, and reveals more vibrant color in pictures. ♦ The company introduced the KODAK 8500 Digital Photo Printer, a photo-quality, thermal desktop printer that offers superior productivity vs. inkjet at a competitive price. ♦ KODAK i200 Series Scanners were introduced; a new family of low-volume document scanners that feature much of the technology found in the company's highest-speed scanners, plus the market's first dockable flatbed accessory for scanning documents that need special handling. ♦ Kodak and Sanyo Electric Co. unveiled a prototype fifteen-inch flat-panel display, the next generation of full-color displays based on Kodak's patented organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology. ♦ The company unveiled KODAK VISION2 motion-picture color negative film, the next generation of its award-winning motion-picture films. KODAK VISION2 is the descendant of the VISION line of films, which were introduced in 1995 and quickly became the most widely used motion-picture films in the world.

    KODAK OLED display (right) outshines LCD competitor (left).


    2003 - The KODAK EASYSHARE printer dock 6000, a device that produces durable, borderless 4" x 6" KODAK prints, was introduced. ♦ The company introduced several digital cameras including the KODAK EASYSHARE LS633 zoom digital camera, the first digital camera to feature an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, and the KODAK EASYSHARE DX6490 for advanced amateur photographers. ♦ The KODAK i80 Scanner, able to digitize paper documents 40 percent faster than previous models, was introduced. ♦ Kodak made several acquisitions including PracticeWorks, Inc., a provider of dental practice management software; 20% of Lucky Film Co., Ltd., the largest maker of photo film headquartered in China; Laser-Pacific Media Corporation, a provider of post-production services for filmmakers; Algotec Systems Ltd., developer of picture archiving and communications systems; and Applied Science Fiction's Digital PIC rapid film processing technology. ♦ Antonio M. Perez joined the company as President and Chief Operating Officer. ♦ In September, the company unveiled a new digitally oriented strategy to accelerate growth to expand into a range of commercial businesses. The company was organized under five primary operations: Commercial Printing, Display & Components, Health Imaging, Digital & Film Imaging Systems, and Commercial Imaging.

            EASYSHARE printer dock 6000


    EASYSHARE LS633 digital camera


    KODAK i80 Scanner  


    2004 - KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Cameras ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the $200-$399 and $400-$599 price segments in the J.D. Power and Associates 2004 Digital Camera Satisfaction Study. ♦ Kodak expanded its graphic communications business, becoming sole owner of former joint venture NexPress (a provider of high-end, on-demand color printing systems and black-and-white variable-data printing systems), and Scitex Digital Printing (a leader in high-speed variable data inkjet printing). The latter was renamed Kodak Versamark, Inc. ♦ The company also bought remaining shares of Chinon Industries, a digital camera manufacturer, acquired the imaging sensor business of National Semiconductor, and formed an alliance with IBM to manufacture CMOS image sensors. ♦ To more closely focus on its growth areas, Kodak sold its Remote Sensing Systems business, which served defense and aerospace customers, to ITT Industries. ♦ Construction began on a manufacturing facility at Kodak's Windsor, Colorado site to expand capacity for thermal media used in products like Kodak's popular picture maker kiosks. ♦ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval for Kodak's innovative mammography computer-aided detection system designed to aid radiologists in early detection of breast cancer. ♦ KODAK Ultima Picture Paper, with COLORLAST technology, was introduced. When used with the latest inks, photos printed on this inkjet paper will last for more than 100 years in typical home display.

    2005 - Kodak received industry accolades for its new EASYSHARE-ONE Digital Camera, which provides an unprecedented ability to hold up to 1,500 pictures for instant display and to wirelessly transmit images for printing, e-mailing or online viewing. ♦ Other new EASYSHARE cameras included V-series and P-series models. P-Series cameras offer advanced features for avid photographers. Smaller than a deck of playing cards, V-series cameras blend still and video photography—offering the ability to take print-quality still images from video, or record up to 80 continuous minutes of TV-quality videos with sound. ♦ The company's OFOTO Online Photo Service changed its name to KODAK EASYSHARE Gallery. ♦ Kodak acquired OREX Computed Radiography Ltd., a leading provider of compact computed radiography systems that digitally acquire x-ray images. ♦ Continuing to grow its Graphic Communications business, the company became sole owner of former joint venture Kodak Polychrome Graphics—a leading supplier of products and services to the graphic communications market; and acquired Creo Inc.— a premier supplier of prepress and workflow systems used by commercial printers around the world. ♦ Kodak introduced new offerings for the graphics industry, including the KODAK Enterprise Management Solution (EMS), a complete business workflow solution; and the KODAK VERSAMARK VX5000e printing system, offering an effective resolution twice that available with previous generations of continuous inkjet printheads. ♦ Antonio M. Perez became Kodak CEO, in addition to his role as President. ♦ Kodak announced availability of the first CMOS image sensor (CIS) devices to come from its manufacturing alliance with IBM. ♦ Kodak introduced molecular imaging systems that, through a non-invasive procedure, help identify molecular abnormalities that signal disease at a very early stage. At this point the systems are not intended for human use, but they will aid laboratory researchers in fields like cancer study. ♦ Kodak announced new home printing products including the EASYSHARE Photo Printer 500, for use with virtually any brand of digital camera and recent camera phones. ♦ The world's first 39 million pixel image sensor, the KODAK KAF-39000 Image Sensor, was introduced. ♦ Strengthening its leading position in retail printing, Kodak introduced the KODAK Picture Kiosk G4, offering faster uploading and printing of images.

    NEXPRESS 2100 Digital Production Color Press

           KODAK Ultima Picture Paper

    KODAK Mammography CAD System

    KODAK EASYSHARE-ONE Digital Camera

    KODAK VERSAMARK VX5000e Printing System


    KODAK Image Station Digital Imaging System-molecular imaging system for non-invasive diagnostic imaging research in fields like cancer study.  


    2006 - Antonio M. Perez became Chairman of Kodak, in addition to his role as CEO. ♦ The world's first dual-lens digital still camera, the sleek KODAK EASYSHARE V570 zoom digital camera, was introduced. That was followed by introduction of the KODAK EASYSHARE V610 dual lens digital camera, the world's smallest camera to feature a 10x optical zoom; and the KODAK EASYSHARE V705 dual lens digital camera, the world's smallest ultra-wide-angle optical zoom digital camera. ♦ Kodak updated its brand logo, providing a fresh, contemporary look for today's digital world. ♦ Kodak and Motorola entered a global product, cross licensing and marketing alliance around mobile imaging. ♦ The KODAK Scan Station 100 was announced. It allows office workers to simultaneously scan, store and share documents on an office network, and send them anywhere — without a computer. ♦ Enhanced KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA color negative films were introduced for professional photographers. The films offer finer grain, and provide spectacular skin tones and superb color in mixed lighting conditions. ♦ The company celebrated the 10th anniversary of the first thermal computer-to-plate system for imaging printing plates. The Kodak system uses heat to digitally image plates, a departure from earlier systems that used light. The faster turnaround times, lower cost and improved quality provided by thermal technology continue to benefit commercial printers today.

    KODAK EASYSHARE V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera


    KODAK Scan Station 100



    2007 - Kodak attacked the high-cost of inkjet printing, introducing the revolutionary KODAK EASYSHARE All-In-One Printers that affordably print crisp, sharp documents and Kodak lab-quality photos using premium pigment-based inks. ♦ Kodak entered into technology cross-license agreements with Sony Corporation and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. ♦ KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Picture Frames were introduced, giving consumers an easy and exciting way to play slideshows of favorite pictures and videos - even set to music. ♦ Two new offerings expanded the KODAK NEXPRESS Platform of digital color printing presses, making it easier for commercial print providers to enter - or grow their presence in - the digital printing market. ♦ Kodak completed the sale of its Health Group to an affiliate of Onex Corporation of Canada. The business is continuing under the name Carestream Health, Inc. ♦ The KODAK TRACELESS System - designed to protect against counterfeiting of items like tickets, documents, and luxury goods -- was launched. Invisible markers are embedded in a product or label. Kodak readers then detect these markers to verify authenticity. ♦ Kodak installed its 10,000th computer-to-plate (CTP) device, further cementing its position as a technology leader in this printing market. ♦ Kodak announced a groundbreaking advance in image sensor technology - a filter pattern array that provides a 2X to 4X increase in light sensitivity versus current sensor designs. ♦ Kodak introduced its first camera featuring the company's innovative CMOS image sensor technology. The KODAK EASYSHARE C513 Digital Camera offers 5-megapixel resolution for under $100.
    ♦ Introduced for the packaging printing industry, the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System provides near offset print quality on flexible films, foil, labels and other packaging materials. ♦ Kodak launched KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX 400 Black-and-White Film, offering photographers a level of clarity normally available only from 100-speed film. ♦ A new generation of color motion picture film – KODAK VISION3 Film – was introduced, improving exposure in brightest highlights and darkest shadows.

    KODAK EASYSHARE 5300 AiO Inkjet Printer


    KODAK NEXPRESS M700 Digital Press


    KODAK EASYSHARE C513 Zoom Digital Camera


    KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System


    KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX 400 Black-and-White Film


    KODAK VISION3 Film  


    2008 - Kodak received its ninth Oscar® statuette, this time for developing emulsions for KODAK VISION2 Color Negative Films for the motion picture industry. ♦ In the 80 years Academy Awards have been presented, all "Best Picture" Oscars have gone to movies shot on Kodak film. This year's winner, No Country For Old Men, was no exception. ♦ Kodak launched the APEX system, a dry lab solution for retailers. APEX can fulfill standard print orders and be expanded to also produce photo books, cards, and other custom photo items. ♦ Using the new KODAK TRUESENSE CMOS pixel and recent color filter pattern technology, Kodak introduced the world's first 1.4 micron, 5 megapixel sensor – designed for consumer applications like mobile phones. ♦ KODAK CCD Image Sensors were used on the space shuttle Discovery to help assess the orbiter's exterior before reentry. ♦ Kodak launched more than two dozen new products at drupa, the world's largest printing trade show. Kodak also demonstrated its highly anticipated Stream Inkjet Technology, a continuous inkjet system providing offset-class performance for high volume commercial/data printing applications. ♦ Motorola announced the MOTOZINE ZN5, a camera phone featuring KODAK Imaging Technology for convenient, high quality picture-taking. ♦ Kodak and the PGA TOUR announced the Kodak Challenge, a competition to celebrate beautiful holes and memorable moments in golf. Players compete for the title based on their scores on selected holes during the PGA TOUR season. ♦ Kodak introduced the first 50 million pixel CCD image sensor, offering unprecedented resolution and detail for professional photography. ♦ Kodak introduced high-definition (HD)-enabled products including The KODAK Zi6 Pocket Video Camera for easy shooting and sharing of videos. ♦ KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTAR 100, offering the finest grain of any color negative film, is launched. ♦ Wireless versions of Kodak's consumer inkjet printers – the Kodak ESP 7 and ESP 9 AiO Printers – are introduced. By year end, more than one million Kodak AiO printers had been sold to consumers since the product's 2007 introduction.

    APEX system


    KODAK ESP5 All-in-One printer


    KODAK Challenge Logo


    50MP CCD image sensor


    KODAK Zi6 Pocket Video Camera  

    2009 - Kodak's single-use camera recycling program reached the milestone of recycling 1.5 billion cameras, including both Kodak and competitive models. ♦ Kodak's breakthrough Stream commercial inkjet technology – which delivers offset class, variable data printing – entered the market under the KODAK PROSPER family name.  The first product available was the KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting System, a printhead for use on existing presses. ♦ Kodak continued to grow its line of popular pocket video cameras, introducing the KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera offering full 1080p High Definition video capture. ♦ KODACHROME Color Film was retired, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon. ♦ The KODAK EASYSHARE S730 Digital Picture Frame, featuring a rechargeable battery that lets you unplug the frame and pass it around for easy viewing – was introduced. ♦ Kodak acquired the document scanner division of BÖWE BELL + HOWELL, a leading supplier of document scanners to value-added resellers, system integrators and end users. ♦ Kodak subsidiary Cinesite won an Emmy® Award for "Special Visual Effects for a TV Special or Miniseries" for its work on the HBO production "Generation Kill." ♦ Kodak announced it will sell the assets of its OLED business to a group of LG companies.

    KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting System


    KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera


    KODAK EASYSHARE S730 Digital Frame