Kodak is now getting into the battery industry. Over the past few years they have put together a machine that can help local companies test pilot their battery designs.
This machine can pump out one battery every eleven seconds, and one of the contributing designers Andy Naukam says the technology was already in place. “All this is possible because of our coding capabilities in this same building,” said Naukam.
This machine gives battery companies a way to make their product locally. “Most customers would have to go abroad to get something done like this, so we offer those capabilities right here in Rochester, New York,” said Naukam.
President of the Eastman Business Park Division Dolores Kruchten helped launch the project less than two years ago and says today, it is complete. “The one missing piece was how did you assemble the batteries that companies were designing and developing as tenants here,” said Kruchten, “So today is really the last piece of that puzzle.”
Kruchten says this access for businesses will be a catalyst for local growth. “Could see this being one that we could be going from working with close to 10 companies, to 100 companies,” said Kruchten.
Both Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and State Senator Rich Funke came by to see the progress. This machine, according to Executive Director of New York Best William Acker, will pull businesses away from their work overseas.
“All of the battery technology has been developed in the United States,” said Acker. “Most of it has been manufactured in Asia, historically. What we’re doing is changing that paradigm.”
This machine, according to Kodak, will help bring thousands of energy jobs back to New York, to make the state a world energy leader in the coming years.