Kodak Acquires Scitex Digital Printing - First of several actions to expand into digital commercial printing, says company.
Eastman Kodak has agreed to acquire the assets of Scitex Digital Printing, the provider of high-speed, variable-data inkjet printing systems. Kodak will acquire the assets from parent company Scitex Corporation Limited for $250 million in cash, and expects Scitex Digital Printing-s operations to add approximately $190 million in revenue in its first full year as a wholly owned Kodak subsidiary.
"This is the first of several actions Kodak will take to expand our participation in the digital commercial printing industry," says Daniel A. Carp, chairman and CEO of Eastman Kodak. "We are moving decisively to implement our growth strategy by expanding into a range of commercial digital businesses. One part of that strategy is to acquire … companies and technologies that complement our existing businesses, capabilities, and assets. The acquisition of Scitex Digital Printing is a prime example of how we intend to build upon inkjet technology developed on our own to build business in growing market segments."
Kodak reports that it plans to incorporate its inkjet technology, workflow solutions, and color science into future Scitex Digital Printing systems "to create a low-cost system that will deliver very high print quality at extremely high speeds."
Based in Dayton, OH, Scitex Digital Printing currently employs 733 people and had reported sales of $157 million in 2002. (Scitex Digital Printing: www.scitexdpi.com; Kodak: www.kodak.com)
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