Kodak has announced strategic decisions related to its Enterprise Inkjet and silver metal mesh touch sensor businesses, following in-depth management reviews of these business operations and discussions with customers, partners and other industry participants.
Kodak is in talks with prospective buyers about offers to purchase its KODAK PROSPER enterprise inkjet business, with its highly acclaimed PROSPER Press Platform, PROSPER S Series Imprinting Systems and related products.
Sagent Advisors, an independent investment bank, and DC Advisory, a European corporate finance adviser, which share Daiwa Securities, a Japanese investment bank, as a common shareholder, have been engaged by Kodak to manage the sale process.
“The PROSPER business has significant potential for accelerated growth,” said Jeff Clarke, Kodak Chief Executive Officer. “To achieve its full economic potential, PROSPER will be best leveraged by a company with a larger sales and distribution footprint in digital printing markets.”
“We have received strategic interest in the PROSPER business from companies and their financial representatives,” Clarke stated. “We will continue to invest in PROSPER during the sale process. This is an exceptional technology and product set, highly valued by the printing industry.”
“The market opportunity for PROSPER will expand even further with the planned introduction of KODAK ULTRASTREAM, a next-generation inkjet writing system with significantly enhanced performance,” said Philip Cullimore, President of Kodak’s Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division and the Micro 3D Printing & Packaging Division. “ULTRASTREAM will move production inkjet into the mainstream of commercial printing and packaging.”
Kodak will feature live demonstrations of ULTRASTREAM at drupa 2016 in Dusseldorf.
Functional 3D printing, including touch screen sensors, is an important element of Kodak’s portfolio. After advancing both silver and copper metal mesh technologies, Kodak has decided to focus on copper. “Based on feedback from industry participants, it’s clear our fully additive copper metal mesh is the winning approach in terms of overall cost, setup cost and scalability to larger screens — where we see the most significant opportunities,” said Cullimore.
Kodak will exit its position in silver metal mesh development, but will continue to make silver halide film available to touch screen sensor manufacturers.