Apr 19, 2017 | By Julia

The Eastman Kodak Company (still widely known as Kodak) has just announced some major internal re-organizations. The move includes overhauls in areas such as staffing, division allocation, and last but not least, 3D printing.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of some major adjustments Kodak has been undergoing in recent years as part of its ongoing strategy to stay relevant, lucrative, and frankly, just in business. Since the market for analog photography all but vanished over the last two decades, the imaging tech leader has had to seriously recalibrate its business plan.

Part of that overhaul included the introduction of a specialized 3D printing unit back in December of 2014, the first of its kind for a company that previously dominated the photography industry. The “Micro 3D Printing and Packaging” business unit arose as part of Kodak’s overall drive towards creating a faster, more competitive, and more entrepreneurial name for itself.

Now, Kodak has announced a revision to its reporting and division structure. Projects carried out in the Micro 3D Printing unit will now be moved into a new division: Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology. The new unit will also include the operations of the current Intellectual Property Solutions Division, which was previously kept separate. As part of the shift, the new division will be led by long standing Kodak veteran Terry Taber.

Currently employed as Chief Technical Officer, Taber joined Kodak in 1980, and has held positions ranging from new materials research, product development and commercialization, manufacturing, and executive positions in Research and Development and business management.

After assuming his current role of Chief Technical Officer, Taber was also elected a corporate vice president in December 2008, and then a senior vice president in December 2010. Starting in 2015, Taber was named President of the then newly created Intellectual Property Solutions segment, a sub-unit he will continue to oversee as part of the new Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology division.

As part of the overall re-organization planning, Kodak has also announced that its flexographic packaging business, formerly part of the Micro 3D Printing and Packaging unit, will now be its own dedicated division. The new Flexographic Packaging division will be led by new president Chris Payne.

The imaging company has also named Randy Vandagriff as president of its Enterprise Inkjet Systems division, effective May 1, 2017.



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