Kodak Eastman was founded in 1880 by George Eastman, inventor of the hand-held camera and rolled photographic film. Kodak’s market value topped US$31 billion in the mid-1990s, but it filed a US$6.75 billion bankruptcy in January 2012, weighed down by high pension costs and badly lagging in the digital camera technology race. In August 2013, it was cleared to emerge from bankruptcy.

Snappier outlook

General manager Evandro Matteucci says the new Kodak is no longer a photo company but a technology one. Photo: Dickson Lee

Kodak, the one-time film giant and inventor of the digital camera that emerged from bankruptcy protection in September, has been reincarnated as a commercial and digital printing company focused on Asia and China.

Monday, 2 December, 2013, 6:16am

Kodak boss talks company’s future

Kodak chief executive Antonio Perez. Photo: AP

You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez’s office.

4 Sep 2013 - 10:13am

US judge approves Kodak plan to exit bankruptcy

Kodak once dominated the camera market with products like its Brownie Special Six-20 (left), and the Pocket Instamatic 20 (right), but the advent of digital cameras helped push it into bankruptcy. Photo: Reuters

Eastman Kodak, once a mighty photography pioneer, has earned court approval for a plan to emerge from bankruptcy as a much smaller digital-imaging company.

The green light from US Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper in New York puts Kodak on track to exit bankruptcy in about two weeks.

21 Aug 2013 - 11:27am

Giving too much away?

Eastman Kodak, the one-time film giant and inventor of the digital camera recently humbled into bankruptcy protection, was a victim of its foolish policy of outsourcing key operations far from its factory floor in the United States, says Willy Shih, a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HK must adapt to stay in the picture

Hong Kong prides itself on the flexibility to remain competitive as a finance and services hub. Long may it be able to. The fate of Eastman Kodak, a faded icon of American capitalism now filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors, is a reminder of the need to adapt to change and innovate to avoid becoming an also-ran.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Film faded, but Kodak didn't develop

Eastman Kodak was once the epitome of American corporate might and inventiveness. Last Friday, its shares fell below US$1 after the 131-year-old maker of film and cameras announced it had hired lawyers to restructure the company. Investors fear that may be a code word for bankruptcy.

It is a sad fate for a once-mighty hi-tech company that failed to adapt.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Kodak Easyshare C190

This point-and-shoot digital camera is a pretty good deal. It offers good image resolution at 12 mega-pixels, has a 5x optical zoom lens - equivalent to 35mm; 175mm on a regular camera - and does a lot of things you'd expect your camera to do.

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

In the frame

Why frame one photo and hide the rest of your digital snapshots in a computer? With digital picture frames, you can skip printing and display your favourite photos in brilliant colour and crisp detail. One of the best on the market is Kodak's versatile SV1011 EasyShare digital picture frame, which plays photos and videos with music.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

in the picture

With digital technology so dominant these days, it's rare to see someone showing off their holiday snaps in print form. They're more likely to offer you an on-screen slide show, complete with musical soundtrack, on a laptop.

6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Frenchman sees Asia as driving seat of business

Goodyear's Asia-Pacific president Pierre Cohade is tapping into the explosive growth in the mainland's car industry

THE KEY PERIOD in the life of Pierre Cohade came in 1979 when as a student he served a four-month internship in Tokyo with Marubeni Corp, one of Japan's giant trading houses.

1 May 2006 - 12:00am

In the frame

Children hold copies of some of the 1,065 personal photographs selected to create the giant collage behind them of Hong Kong Disneyland. The pictures, mainly of babies and families, were chosen from more than 4,000 images submitted in July. The collage will be on display just inside the theme park's entrance until October 28.

30 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Develop a career at Kodak

ONCE A HOUSEHOLD name sets up shop in the mainland, its China business development is often phenomenal, and as the company grows, so does its demand for talent.

That certainly appears to be the case for one premier multinational corporation whose brands are readily recognised in virtually every country around the world.

22 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Kodak snaps back at claims it is dodging labour laws

Photographic giant says unions must be 'voluntary associations of employees'

Kodak yesterday rejected allegations made in a mainland newspaper that the company had failed to comply with China's labour regulations.

21 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Kodak looks to snap up top-level IT manager

High-level techies with superb interpersonal skills and proven leadership qualities are just what a household name's Hong Kong office has in mind for a regional management-level position.

25 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Trio of snappers easy on hands, eye and pocket

Product: Kodak EasyShare DX7440 Price: $2,690 Pros: Ergonomic design Cons: None of significance

Product: Kodak EasyShare CX7530 Price: $2,490 Pros: Five megapixels, easy to operate Cons: Cheap-feeling plastic housing

19 Jul 2004 - 12:00am