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Kodak, Konica Minolta sign global distribution agreement

Feb 24, 2011 12:00 AM

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Kodak and Konica Minolta Business Technologies Inc. have formed a new, expanded global distribution agreement. The companies will offer production digital printing systems from each company’s portfolio.

The agreement capitalizes on Kodak’s mid- to high-volume cutsheet digital printing solutions and Konica Minolta’s light to mid-production printing equipment.

Kodak will sell the Konica Minolta bizhub Press C6000, C7000 and Konica Minolta bizhub Press C8000 in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France; and the Konica Minolta bizhub PRO 1200/1200P monochrome digital presses in the United States. Kodak will offer the full line of equipment, controllers and accessories associated with the Konica Minolta portfolio, including the Print Controller for the CREO Color Server developed by Kodak’s Print On Demand Solutions Group, which can easily integrate with Kodak Prinergy Workflow for complete control in a multivendor environment.

Konica Minolta will continue to sell Kodak Digimaster Digital Production Systems and will add the Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Presses to its portfolio in the United States. Konica Minolta will continue to sell Kodak NexPress in Australia. In Europe and Japan, Konica Minolta has begun to sell the Kodak Digimaster line.

The products of both companies will maintain the manufacturer’s brand.

The new agreement reportedly will benefit Kodak by expanding the customer reach for Kodak’s products to quick-print, in-plant, large corporate reprographics departments, university and government customers through Konica Minolta’s large direct and dealer network. Similarly, Konica Minolta will benefit from a wider digital production offering for its customers and an expanded commercial customer reach for its newly launched digital color products through Kodak’s sales organization.