How many film factories?

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  1. Marvin

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    Just wondered how many film factories there were at the top of film production and how many there are now?
     
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    Well, for color I think the list is short:

    Kodak
    Fuji
    Lekai (Lucky China)

    Companies that used to make color film

    Agfa
    Konica
    Mitsubishi
    Tura
    Ferrania
    Forte
    Foma
    Ansco
    3M (rebadged Ferrania?)
    ...more?
     
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    Agfa is still coating color and bw film in Belgium.
     
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    Yes, but I think it's not general purpose film for normal photographers (but, of course, you get relabeled versions of technical films and relabeled versions of outdated films made before the bancruptcy of one part of the company).

    For b/w I think there is Fuji, Ilford, Kodak, Foma, Efke, Lucky and somewhen again Adox/fotoimpex. There is also filmotec/Orwo that produce general-purpose b/w films but only offer them in rolls for the movie industry.
    Not to forget the Impossible project.

    Did I forget a factory? I am afraid I did not.

    All other brand names are relabeled versions of films produced by these companies.
     
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    A few glaring ommissions like:

    Ilford
    Ciba (an Ifochrome film)
    ERA - China
    Filmotec - formerly Orwo/Agfa
    EFKE
    Slavich

    That's in recent years pre the 1960's and particularly earlier in the 20th Centuary there were literally hundreds of film producers.

    Ian
     
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    Not sure if there are still any in the former USSR (doubtful?).

    Any in India?

    @Marvin - I'm sure that it would make an enormous (but very interesting) list if it were possible to think of all the companies who made film from the early 1900's to date.
     
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    And what about Rollei for B/W?
     
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    Rollei/Maco don't make any films it's just repackaged from the manufacturers.

    Ian
     
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    Hm, is Shantou Era still in business? Their website has looks alive but the film itself is available nowhere any more.
     
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    Who makes the Foma films? Don't they have their own coating facilities?
     
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    Who makes these films?
     
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    Some come from the old Agfa plant, they still amke aerial and industrial films, some may be EFKE etc.

    Ian
     
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    Foma have their own plant and another in Poland formerly Foton which may still be coating X-ray film.

    Well I have some fairly fresh ERA film (LF) that I bought last November.

    Some people may not have noticed this thread is in the B&W section.

    Ian
     
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    There is ShenBei group Shanghai factory as well, producing 120 - 8x10 GP3 film.
     
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    And who makes Mitsubishi Films?
     
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    The list of black and white (as opposed to color) film manufacturers is quite long and it is probably hard to make a definitive list.
     
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    It is interesting that Matt at Ag says "new in production" and not new as in "new/old stock" So like you I wonder who makes it as well. I used to like Vista. As an Agfa product it had a different colour signature to either Kodak or Fuji. Quite muted but probably the most neutral colour neg of all.

    Good price as well

    pentaxuser
     
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    Who makes a smorgasbord?

    They had films made by Efke, Agfa, Filmotec and Ilford, their papers were made by Agfa, Foma and Ilford. Chemistry was made by Amaloco, Calbe, Fuji-Hunt and many others. The least common denominator of that hodgepodge is that it's all remnants from the bargain rack of the manufacturers. The only additional value are a new label, a fancy name and an excessive amount of impossible promises about the benefits. That might explain their extremely sort product cycles and numerous recall actions for faulty products. :whistling:
     
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    One thing that is missed here is that Kodak had the following plants:

    Rochester US
    Colorado US
    Canada
    Brazil
    Australia
    Harrow England
    Chalon France
    China
    Oklahoma

    Plus operations for packaging in Mexico.

    They had chemical plants in Rochester, Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas, all of which are either closed or spun off.

    Today, only Rochester is partially active for film. Paper is coated at Harrow and Colorado (space is leased at Colorado after sale of the plant to Wellstream / Onyx) and the rest are closed. The same is true of Fuji. Many of their plants outside Japan are shuttered.

    PE
     
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    Current Agfa Precisa CT100 is definitely marked "Made in Japan" (I'm looking at a box in front of me).
     
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    PE, I have two interesting old boxes from Harrow in front of me:

    - A Panatomic-X (Develop before OCT 1963)

    - A Plus-X (develop before JUL 1958)

    The Plus-X is an interesting species. It's a '1.6m Refill', 'Unspooled length - Darkroom loading for use in miniature camera cassettes'.

    When did the manufacturers stop making these?
     
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    I'd guess the early to mid- 1960's? I think that they were originally intended mainly for loading specialist cassettes such as the Leica type?
     
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    There was Polaroid. Both b&w and color. I'm not knowledgeable across the board but I think they made the highest iso b&w at iso 3000.