We've been getting many calls and emails about a post over at Prepress Pilgrim. Rumors were swirling that Kodak was shutting down Prinergy development and laying everyone off at the Willingdon Avenue plant in Burnaby British Columbia, Canada.
We received the following statement from Kodak yesterday:
To set the record straight: Prinergy is alive and well and fully supported by Kodak.
In fact, the company's commitment to KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Systems and to its entire Unified Workflow portfolio has never been stronger. We are committed to the success of our customers and to the continued successful development of our world-class Unified Workflow products and services, including Prinergy, Insite, Preps, ColorFlow, NewsManager, PowerPack and PODS.
So what's new? We have announced to employees that we will consolidate global product development for Unified Workflow at our site in Israel, and we will focus our customer technical support and marketing operations at our Vancouver site. We will create a world-class, innovative engineering team built around skilled developers, and efficient, effective processes that can drive forward our investment in PRINERGY Workflow and the full Unified Workflow portfolio. Kodak will be better positioned to generate long-term growth for our customers and for Kodak while maximizing our industry leading technology platforms.
There is a more detailed comment at Prepress Pilgrim from Jon Bracken, Kodak's VP of Marketing and Channels for the Enterprise Solutions Group within Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group. Jon also comments in a thread at PrintPlanet, where this is being discussed as well.
WhatTheyThink will be talking to Kodak on Monday and plan a detailed story next week.
Cary's interview with Kodak's Jon Bracken is up today: Following the Prinergy Saga