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HCL Infosystems Limited, India’s premier information enabler & country’s leading ICT system integrator & distribution company with Kodak India Private Limited today announced an agreement for distribution of Kodak digital cameras and related accessories pan India.


The agreement is for a pan-India distribution of Kodak digital imaging products. The digital lifestyle and personal technology products category is growing by leaps and bounds and Kodak is projecting strong growth rates in the category of Digital Imaging. India has emerged among the fastest growing markets for digital cameras worldwide, with shipments forecasted to jump from 8 lakh units in 2007 to 2 million units by 2010. HCL, with its extensive reach across channels and organized retail (including the HCL DigiLife Stores) is expected to be a major force multiplier for Kodak. HCL will also be responsible for Kodak institutional sales pan India.


Announcing the distribution tie-up with Kodak, Mr. Hari Baskaran, Executive Vice-President, HCL Infosystems Limited said, “HCL sees digital imaging products as a major growth category over the next few years. Kodak, with its well-established brand and market leadership in the imaging business, is an ideal partner to consolidate our leadership in the digital lifestyle arena. Our tie-up with Kodak is a reflection of our ‘digital lifestyle’ strategy that aims to position HCL as the premier player bringing digital lifestyle products to the Indian consumer.”


Kodak India Private Limited, subsidiary of US-based Eastman Kodak Company is the leading player in the high-growth digital photography industry in India today. The company has aggressive plans to tap the surging consumer demand for quality digital photography products in the Indian market and aims to extend its leadership position in India.


Commenting on the tie-up, Mr. Ravi Karamcheti, Managing Director, Kodak India Private Limited said, “Kodak aims to bring the latest digital imaging technology to the Indian consumer. We are pleased to have HCL Infosystems as a partner in our quest to offer one of the widest ranges of digital imaging products to our consumers. India is at a very interesting stage with respect to the way pictures are being clicked and managed .We have been maintaining our leadership position in a very dynamic market and this step will take us yet ahead in the industry.”


Kodak currently has one of the most extensive Consumer Digital Camera portfolios. There are at least 12 Kodak models available at retail at any point in time, with price bands ranging from Rs. 7,999 to Rs. 19,999. Whether it is a Point & Shoot customer or a high-end consumer, Kodak understands the Indian consumer best and brings on board a large variety in their portfolio. Currently, Kodak’s Point & Shoot range starts at 6MP & they intend to go up to 12 MP within the year with their compact lifestyle cameras.


About HCL Infosystems

HCL Infosystems, with revenues (TTM) of US$ 2.6 billion (Rs. 11,897 crores), is India’s premier information enabling and system integration company. HCL offers products and infrastructure solutions in the fields of computing, communication, networking, office automation, broadcasting and imaging. It has partnerships with leading global players like Intel, AMD, Toshiba, Bull, Ericsson, Cisco, Microsoft, Nokia, Apple, Computer Associates, Casio, Symantec and Konica Minolta among others.


HCL has a direct sales, channel sales and retail sales network pan India. HCL has a support of 360+ customer service centers and four ISO 9001 certified state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. HCL Infosystems has pan India presence across metros and non-metros. With a mission to provide world-class information technology solutions and services to enable its customers to serve their customers better, HCL Infosystems is forever setting new standards of IT in the country. For more information please visit us at www.hclinfosystems.in


About HCL Enterprise

HCL Enterprise is a leading global technology and IT enterprise with annual revenues of US $4 billion. The HCL Enterprise comprises two companies listed in India – HCL Technologies & HCL Infosystems. The 3-decade-old enterprise, founded in 1976, is India’s original IT garage start-up. Its range of offerings span Product Engineering, Technology and Application Services, BPO, Infrastructure Services, IT Hardware, Systems Integration, and distribution of ICT products. The HCL team comprises over 45,085 professionals of diverse nationalities, who operate from 17 countries including 360 points of presence in India. HCL has global partnerships with several leading Fortune 1000 firms, including leading IT and Technology firms. For more information please visit www.hcl.in

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