In a statement posted on the Kodak Web Site under the title “Update on Kodak’s Transformation,” the company announced that it will cease producing digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames “to focus its Consumer Business on desktop inkjet, online and retail-based printing—areas that offer the most significant opportunities for profitable growth. Kodak will continue to offer camera accessories and batteries, which are universally compatible with other brands,” the statement said.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “The move during the first half of the year should save more than $100 million a year, and Kodak expects to book a $30 million charge from exiting the business.”
The statement also said that it was “likely” that some of the cameras, video cameras and digital frames it announced at CES would not be launched.
Eastman Kodak Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on January 19, 2012. In its filing in US Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, the company reported that it has $6.8 billion in debt and $5.1 billion in assets. Kodak has struggled for years as the photography business has moved to digital photography.
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