Agfa-Gevaert Group and Eastman Park Micrographics Sign Worldwide Master Supply Agreement for Imagelink® Microfilm Products
The Agfa-Gevaert Group (Agfa) and Eastman Park Micrographics (EPM) announced today that they have signed a worldwide, long-term supply agreement for microfilm products.
Under the agreement, Agfa will manufacture microfilm and related photochemicals for EPM, and EPM will distribute these products worldwide under its own brand name Imagelink. As a result of the new arrangement, EPM will be able to assure the long-term continuity of supply to the market and Agfa will increase its microfilm production significantly. The parties expect the new product arrangement will become operational in mid to late spring, 2013.
"Microfilm based archiving continues to be an interesting niche market,” says Louis Kuitenbrouwer, Vice President Marketing & Sales of the Agfa Specialty Products business group. “Combining Agfa’s longstanding experience in high- quality film manufacturing with EPM’s strong offering to the preservation and archiving market will provide customers the best solution for their long-term product and support needs. The higher microfilm turnover of Agfa will support the continuous utilization of our film manufacturing facilities.”
Tim Mortenson, Vice President of Global Operations of EPM, added: "We are looking forward not only to offering Agfa's existing microfilm products under our own Imagelink brand, but together with Agfa, broadening the product range and choices available to customers. These Imagelink branded extensions to Agfa's historical micrographic product lines will enable us to continue to meet the archiving and record preservation requirements of our customer base with the same excellent product quality and support from EPM they now receive.”
IMAGELINK is a registered trademark of Eastman Park Micrographics
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The Agfa-Gevaert Group develops, manufactures and distributes an extensive range of analogue and digital imaging systems and IT solutions, mainly for the printing industry and the healthcare sector, as well as for specific industrial applications. Agfa’s headquarters and parent company are located in Mortsel, Belgium. The Group’s operational
activities are divided in three independent business groups, Agfa Graphics, Agfa HealthCare and Agfa Specialty Products.
All business groups have strong market positions, well-defined strategies and full responsibilities, authority and accountability. Agfa-Gevaert has production facilities around the world, with the largest production and research centers in Belgium, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and China.
Agfa is commercially active worldwide through wholly owned sales organizations in more than 40 countries. In countries where Agfa does not have its own sales organization, the market is served by a network of agents and representatives. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 3,023 million Euro in 2011.