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amsp
08-23-2012, 04:03 PM
This is either terrible news, or great news.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120823006226/en/Kodak-Takes-Steps-Successful-Emergence

BrianShaw
08-23-2012, 04:11 PM
http://www.apug.org/forums/viewpost.php?p=1383829

zsas
08-23-2012, 04:21 PM
So film is part of the personalized imaging business which is up for sale. Not too surprised there. Hope one of you here can buy it:)

robbalbrecht
08-23-2012, 04:26 PM
Hmm.

BMbikerider
08-23-2012, 04:28 PM
I have long thought after the demise of Kodachrome then the other little bits and pieces, their B&W paper etc, some of the B&W films that Kodak didn't have their heart and mind in the business. Perhaps, like Ilford in the 90's they will be bought out and someone will have a think about what is making money and bring some of the other 'specialist' items back onto the market. HIE Infra red and Technical Pan would be a good start! Oh boy wouldn't just be great?

Richard Sintchak (rich815)
08-23-2012, 05:02 PM
Well, thank God for Ilford, Fuji, Adox, Foma, Shantou ERA, Efke and whoever makes the Arista and Rollei films...

donkee
08-23-2012, 05:07 PM
Can't really say I will miss them.

Hopefully someone does buy then film division then I can actually spend money with them.

amsp
08-23-2012, 05:09 PM
Maybe this is more appropriate now...

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Diapositivo
08-23-2012, 05:17 PM
This news IMO is neither good nor bad. The good news will be when somebody buys the film business.

The fact that they are selling doesn't mean there is a buyer out there. They are selling the patents as well, with the known difficulties.

Maybe if they managed to sold the patents for $2B they wouldn't be selling these others divisions now.
This sale could be the result of failing to find a buyer for the patents, for the expected money.

batwister
08-23-2012, 05:17 PM
Someone give Mr. Branson a call, maybe he'll get us all shooting film in space? Right after he's taken us to the moon to pick up the Hasselblads.

Kevin Kehler
08-23-2012, 05:33 PM
Film is not part of this sale and almost all B&W is considered Commercial Film:

Kodak noted that in addition to the commercial, packaging and functional printing and enterprise services businesses, it also continues to own and operate the Consumer Inkjet, Entertainment Imaging, Commercial Film and Specialty Chemicals businesses, given the company’s expertise, capabilities and strong customer relationships in these markets, as well as their combined cash-generating capability.

Taken from: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/kodak-takes-next-steps-toward-200600489.html

amsp
08-23-2012, 05:41 PM
Film is not part of this sale and almost all B&W is considered Commercial Film:

Kodak noted that in addition to the commercial, packaging and functional printing and enterprise services businesses, it also continues to own and operate the Consumer Inkjet, Entertainment Imaging, Commercial Film and Specialty Chemicals businesses, given the company’s expertise, capabilities and strong customer relationships in these markets, as well as their combined cash-generating capability.

Taken from: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/kodak-takes-next-steps-toward-200600489.html

So why is Kodak Professional on Facebook saying the opposite?

"Kodak Professional: Yes, the full still film line, including PORTRA, EKTAR and TRI-X falls within the Personal Imaging Business."

https://www.facebook.com/kodakprofessional

SkipA
08-23-2012, 05:43 PM
What do you make of this part of the same article you linked to, Kevin, in particular the part I emphasized?


The Personalized Imaging business consists of Retail Systems Solutions (RSS), Paper & Output Systems (P&OS) and Event Imaging Solutions (EIS). RSS is the worldwide leader in retail print solutions with a global footprint of 105,000 KODAK Picture Kiosks; P&OS includes the broadest portfolio of traditional photographic paper and still camera film products; and EIS provides souvenir photo products at theme parks and other venues. The Document Imaging business provides a leading and comprehensive portfolio of scanners, capture software and services to enterprise customers.

Which traditional paper and still film products are referred to? I would think that B&W would be part of that.

I figured the commercial film products referred to movie film. I'd be happy for some clarification.

zsas
08-23-2012, 05:46 PM
Doest sound like they will keep still film

From the Business Wire article:

Accordingly, the company has initiated sale processes for its market-leading Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses.


The Personalized Imaging business consists of Retail Systems Solutions (RSS), Paper & Output Systems (P&OS) and Event Imaging Solutions (EIS). RSS is the worldwide leader in retail print solutions with a global footprint of 105,000 KODAK Picture Kiosks; P&OS includes the broadest portfolio of traditional photographic paper and still camera film products

Poisson Du Jour
08-23-2012, 05:47 PM
Who cares what Kodak does nowadays. Lots of other film to use.

Sirius Glass
08-23-2012, 05:49 PM
Kevin that is what I thought but the next paragraph states
The Personalized Imaging business consists of Retail Systems Solutions (RSS), Paper & Output Systems (P&OS) and Event Imaging Solutions (EIS). RSS is the worldwide leader in retail print solutions with a global footprint of 105,000 KODAK Picture Kiosks; P&OS includes the broadest portfolio of traditional photographic paper and still camera film products; and EIS provides souvenir photo products at theme parks and other venues. The Document Imaging business provides a leading and comprehensive portfolio of scanners, capture software and services to enterprise customers.
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120823006226/en/Kodak-Takes-Steps-Successful-Emergence

Sirius Glass
08-23-2012, 05:50 PM
Who cares what Kodak does nowadays. Lots of other film to use.

The rest of us do. Now go sit in the corner!

PKM-25
08-23-2012, 05:53 PM
This post by Kodak film and paper PR rep Colleen Krenzer on RFF is aimed squarely at the still film user:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1950538#post1950538

Now it gets real interesting....

MaximusM3
08-23-2012, 06:02 PM
Oh well..I got plenty of Tri-X, but honestly, I am a lot more preoccupied about what and when to shoot, than what to shoot it with.

lxdude
08-23-2012, 06:43 PM
The rest of us do. Now go sit in the corner!
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