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With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on Saturday, Eastman Kodak is celebrating its part in that historic event.

Kodak had an important role in the Apollo million, including designing the cameras that helped map potential landing sites prior to the 1969 moon landing,

The company invited retirees who worked on that program to the Kodak Center on West Ridge Road on Friday to do some reminiscing.

Among them, Robert Shanebrook, who worked on the camera the Apollo 11 astronauts used to photograph rocks and other features on the lunar surface.


On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would commit to a lunar landing by 1970 before a special joint session of Congress.

That ambitious goal set off a scramble that required an enormous effort by scientists, engineers, astronauts, and many others as the U.S. tried to respond to the Soviet Union’s early accomplishments in the so-called "space race."

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Kodak is re-introducing industrial x-ray flim, and Conduent is getting new leadership.

Eastman Kodak has completed the sale of the Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu, a London-based private equity firm.

That sale will net Kodak about $320 million, which it will use to pay down debt. As the company previously announced, the leadership team for the division will continue to directly manage the business, which will now be called Miraclon. Chris Payne, who had been president of the division, will now be CEO for Miraclon.

Eastman Kodak is reporting its financial results for 2018.  The company’s report, released on Monday, shows a net loss of $16 million for the year, compared to earnings of $94 million the previous year.

In terms of sales, revenue for 2018 totaled $1.3 billion compared to $1.4 billion in the previous year.

In February, Kodak announced that after nearly five years as CEO, Jeff Clarke was stepping down from that role.


A major change at Eastman Kodak. The company announced late Wednesday afternoon that after nearly five years as CEO, Jeff Clarke is stepping down from that role.

In a statement, "It was a privilege to lead Kodak during a time of transition and am pleased to leave the Company in a position of strength after the execution of the agreement to sell our Flexographic Packaging Division. The Board and I mutually agreed that now is the time to hand the reins to new leadership, and I am confident that Jim is the right leader to take the Company to the next phase of its transformation."

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The 3rd Annual Kodak Film Awards were held in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.

Academy Award winning writer/director/producer Adam McKay was the first recipient of the KODAK Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual who has created an extraordinary body of highly successful and internationally acclaimed motion picture art during their career.

McKay’s VICE, a film about former Vice President Dick Cheney’s rise to VP has received 8 Academy Award, 6 BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations and marks his 6th feature shot on 35mm film.

The long-term future of Kodak Alaris is somewhat up in the air, according to a story in a trade publication and comments from the company itself.

The story in the Australian publication, Inside Imaging, notes that the company, which was spun off from Eastman Kodak several years ago, might be split up and sold.


Kodak is getting ready to take the wraps off a new visitor center showcasing the company’s rich history.

Eastman Kodak says on Thursday, it will have a grand opening for something it really hasn’t had before…a visitor center.

It will be housed in the lobby of the Kodak Center on West Ridge Road.  That’s the cavernous building that used to be called Theater on the Ridge, which opened in  1959 with a large auditorium cafeterias, and meeting rooms.

A few years ago, it was re-named and re-purposed, and now it hosts a variety of entertainment-oriented events.

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Eastman Kodak is announcing some new products. They include products that Kodak is licensing its name for in conjunction with other companies that are actually helping to manufacture the items.

They include the Kodak Portrait 3D printer; Kodak has worked on that product with a company called Smart International, which has developed a product described as being positions for the 3D desktop professional market.