Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Australia, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20.59 - Manufacture of other chemical products n.e.c.

28,000 - 30,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 January 2003
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2003
Foreseen end date
1 January 2008


Kodak is the world's largest manufacturer and seller of imaging products. It produces traditional and digital cameras, photographic plates and chemicals, processing and audiovisual equipment, as well as document management products, applications software, printers and other business equipment.

In 2003, Kodak announced a five-year reorganisation plan that envisaged a loss of around 30,000 jobs throughout the world. This restructuring programme is due to the accelerated shift towards the digital market, more lucrative than the classical film market.

The company's restructuring plan was updated in July 2005 and August 2006. In the period between 2004 and 2006, the company closed several plants in Australia, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. At the end of 2006, the company had already dismissed approximately 24,000 workers.

In February 2007, Kodak announced that, by the end of 2007, the total employment reductions would reach 28,000 to 30,000 jobs, according to the provisions included in the 2004 plan.


  • 8 February 2007: Il Diario del lavoro
  • 22 January 2004: The Guardian
  • 22 January 2002: Wirtschaftsblatt
  • 22 January 2004: El PaĆ­s


Eurofound (2003), Eastman Kodak, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 59219, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59219.