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Kodak to sell 2 units to its UK pension plan

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Eastman Kodak Co. has agreed to sell its personalized and document imaging businesses to its UK pension plan as part of an agreement that settles $2.8 billion of claims that the retirement fund had sought from the photography pioneer.

Eastman Kodak Co. said Monday that it is selling the businesses to the UK Kodak Pension Plan for $650 million. Kodak is working to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It says it plans to use some of the proceeds to emerge from bankruptcy and to expand its commercial imaging business.

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Founded in 1880, Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection at the beginning of 2012. Since then Kodak has sold off several businesses, such as its online photo service, and said it would shut others, including manufacturing digital cameras.

The company intends to focus on commercial and packaging printing. It sees home photo printers, high-speed commercial inkjet presses, software, and packaging as the core of its business as it emerges from bankruptcy.

Kodak said it plans to file a draft of its Chapter 11 plan with the bankruptcy court on Tuesday.

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