ROCHESTER, N.Y., & NORWALK, Conn.--Dec. 8, 2003-- Xerox Corporation and Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) announced today they have agreed to end a reseller agreement in the United States under which KPG sells Xerox mid-range and entry level production equipment and related products. This reseller agreement will end effective January 1, 2004.
KPG will discontinue sales of the Xerox DocuColor 2045/2060/6060/5252 digital color presses, and the Xerox DocuColor 3535 and DocuColor 12 color copier-printers. Xerox will continue to market to its customers the Kodak Polychrome Graphics Matchprint Professional Server as a color front end for the Xerox DocuColor 12.
"We have had an excellent partnership with Xerox, and we will make sure that customers needs are fully served during this transition," said John Schloff, KPG staff vice president digital printing. "Both companies have determined that the time is right to pursue alternate strategies. KPG has a full range of digital solutions for customers, and we remain committed to widening those options as our customers transition to, or expand, digital technologies in their workflows."
Under the reseller agreement, KPG is responsible for the sale of the equipment, and Xerox is responsible for service support. After January 1, Xerox will continue to be responsible for service as well as systems analyst support of equipment that was sold by KPG.
"We've worked well with the management team at KPG," said Valerie Blauvelt, vice president of marketing, Xerox Production Systems Group. "Xerox will ensure ongoing support for those customers who purchased through KPG and we will continue to look at ways to expand the availability of our products."
WhatTheyThink is the global printing industry's leading independent media organization with both print and digital offerings, including WhatTheyThink.com, PrintingNews.com and WhatTheyThink magazine versioned with a Printing News and Wide-Format & Signage edition. Our mission is to provide cogent news and analysis about trends, technologies, operations, and events in all the markets that comprise today’s printing and sign industries including commercial, in-plant, mailing, finishing, sign, display, textile, industrial, finishing, labels, packaging, marketing technology, software and workflow.