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Prof_Pixel
09-13-2012, 03:29 PM
I'm writing an article for a Photokina Show Daily paper about film. I'm not very well versed on all the small manufacturers of film around the world and could use some help from you all in identifying such companies.

Telling me who there are, where they are and what they make would be very helpful. BTW, I need to finish the article by tomorrow night.

Thanks.

Henning Serger
09-13-2012, 04:36 PM
I'm writing an article for a Photokina Show Daily paper about film. I'm not very well versed on all the small manufacturers of film around the world and could use some help from you all in identifying such companies.

Telling me who there are, where they are and what they make would be very helpful. BTW, I need to finish the article by tomorrow night.

Thanks.

The smaller ones in Europe are
- Filmotec in Wolfen, Germany: www.filmotec.de Producing only BW films, mostly for Cinema. Also some other special films. See their product range here: http://www.filmotec.de/?page_id=148&lang=en
Due to a recent article in one of the biggest German business magazines 'Handelsblatt', about 22 employees are working there. They only produce the emulsions, they have no own coating line. Due to a statement of their CEO in this Handelsblatt article, the coating is done by Harman / Ilford in Mobberly.

- InovisCoat, Monheim, Germany: www.inoviscoat.de They have bought the original emulsion making and coating machinery from the former Agfa plant in Leverkusen, Germany; moved it to Monheim, modernised it and have it scaled down. All engineers and technicians there are former employees from Agfa in Leverkusen.
They are cooperating with the Impossible Project helping them with development of the new color instant films.
Furthermore they have a cooperation with Adox, and are e.g. producing the MCC and MCP paper for Adox and have also produced the new Adox Silvermax film (production here means emulsion making and coating, cutting and packaging is made by Adox in their factory).

- Adox, Bad Saarow, Germany www.adox.de. Small new, modern factory with focus on converting (cutting, packaging) of film, paper, photochemistry, and emulsion making. With research labs and very small (hand) reserach coating possibilities. Emulsion making of Polywarmtone is in the works currently (research, test emulsions), emulsion making of film emulsions is planned for the future.

The bigger ones in Europe are
- Agfa-Gevaert in Mortsel, Belgium www.agfa.de . They are the world third biggest film manufacturer (behind Kodak and Fuji). Producing lots of different film types for primarily industrial use: movie print film, sound film, microfilm, aerial film, survaillance film, PCB film.

- Harman Technologies / Ilfordphoto; o.k. you know Ilford ;-).

- Foma in Czech Republique www.foma.cz; well, you know them as well ;-).

Then there is also still Tasma in Russia http://www.tasma.ru/en/
Also specialised on industrial film applications.

In China there is still Lucky http://www.luckyfilm.com/html/MasterSite/EN/index.html. They are producing BW film (production of color film has currently been discontinued) and RA-4 paper e.g.
And in China there is also still Shanghai (BW films).

Best regards,
Henning

Prof_Pixel
09-13-2012, 06:00 PM
Henning,

Wow!! That's exactly what I needed. Thank you very much!

Regards, Fred

Ricardo Miranda
09-13-2012, 11:51 PM
In China, there might be another one: Huatianfu industrial development co., ltd. of Shantou
http://www.chinacsky.com/co/35150/about.htm
It seems they only package, finish and distribute film under the Sunny brand. It seems to be Ferrania.
Not sure if they actually produce film. On this page: http://www.chinacsky.com/co/35150/ t lists Colour film and digital paper as some of their products with the place of origin for film being in China.
Henning
What do you know about them?

georg16nik
09-14-2012, 03:14 AM
There's also Slavich in Russia, since 1931.
Slavich export black-and-white photopaper and chemicals, oscillographic and registering paper, photoplates, holographic production.

Henning Serger
09-17-2012, 11:48 AM
Henning,

Wow!! That's exactly what I needed. Thank you very much!

Regards, Fred

Hello Fred, you are welcome. I am glad if my information is helpful for you.
During the last years I've visited some plants of film and film related products, including camera manufacturing.

Best regards,
Henning

Henning Serger
09-17-2012, 12:00 PM
Henning
What do you know about them?

Well, Ricardo, honestly I know nothing about them.
Maybe they are related to the company which produced the ERA BW photo film. At least AFAIK ERA was located in the same region.
But it is only a guess from my side. I don't have any valid information.

There are still lots of small and mid-term companies in China who are involved at least partly in producing products for the film based industry.
For example cutting and packaging of film, producers of 135 format metal film cassettes, producers of single use cameras and normal cameras.
When I visited China I've seen lots of different film camera models from manufacturers I've never heard of before.
Models produced for the huge Chinese market, not for export.

Best regards,
Henning

Henning Serger
09-17-2012, 12:04 PM
There's also Slavich in Russia, since 1931.
Slavich export black-and-white photopaper and chemicals, oscillographic and registering paper, photoplates, holographic production.

Of course, there is still Slavich, too.
When I wrote my reply to Fred's question I knew I've forgotten something.....well, it was Slavich.
I should not answer questions so late in the evening.....;), or maybe it's because I am getting older :blink:.

Best regards,
Henning

zsas
09-17-2012, 12:09 PM
Impossible's instant film?
http://www.the-impossible-project.com/ourfilm/

Henning Serger
09-17-2012, 12:29 PM
Impossible's instant film?
http://www.the-impossible-project.com/ourfilm/

Of course! Oh man, I am really getting older......At least I am not the only one who has forgotten to mention it....;).

Best regards,
Henning

Prof_Pixel
09-17-2012, 12:42 PM
Henning,

Actually, you DID mention the Impossible Project in your comments about InovisCoat

georg16nik
09-17-2012, 12:43 PM
Of course! Oh man, I am really getting older......At least I am not the only one who has forgotten to mention it....;).

Best regards,
Henning

You see, I helped with Slavich :D but WE forgot about Impossible's instant film and I am sure there still someone left ;)

Ian Grant
09-17-2012, 01:03 PM
While not specifically film no mention is made of Fuji's coating plant in Europe, I've no idea if it's still in operation coating RA-4 paper. Also Kodak once coated all their films in the UK including Kodachrome, in fact Kodak Ltd, Harrow, controlled all coating in Europe at one time including Hungary (later to become Fprte).

Not sure if Foton is still coating but last I heard it was X-ray films.

There is coating capacity in Europe and no shortage of skills.

Ian

Ricardo Miranda
09-17-2012, 01:17 PM
Henning,
Thanks!

Prof_Pixel
09-17-2012, 02:10 PM
There is coating capacity in Europe and no shortage of skills.


Ian,

That's pretty much what I wrote. B&W should remain with good availability. Color is anyones guess, although both Kodak and Fuji making archival films for digital movie content will hopefully help keep it available (but probably at higher prices).

Ian Grant
09-17-2012, 02:27 PM
Ian,

That's pretty much what I wrote. B&W should remain with good availability. Color is anyones guess, although both Kodak and Fuji making archival films for digital movie content will hopefully help keep it available (but probably at higher prices).

Agfa still make colour films, and Foma have in the not so distant past but they are tied in with Fuji cutting master rolls of colour papers I think at the moment. (They have a joint venture).

Ilford haven't made a colour film for many decades, there's no history at Mobberley but some of their board hold Colourv related Patents :D People forget that Ilford downsized many years ago selling their Medical & Graphic Arts sides to Agfa and that wass before the move to Mobberley.

Ian.

Henning Serger
09-26-2012, 09:02 AM
Henning,

Actually, you DID mention the Impossible Project in your comments about InovisCoat

Fred, yes, you are right......and another evidence that I am getting older.......:whistling:

And we all have forgotten Ilford, Suisse. I remembered our thread here on last Saturday when I visited their booth at the Photokina.
They make the Ilford micrographic colour microfilm (I've been told at their booth that there is quite a lot of demand for this material from the military).
And they are involved in the production of the new Harman Direct Positive paper on DuPont Melinex PET base.
I've seen a first sample of it at the Harman booth, looks very promising.
I will definitely try this paper, especially after my very interesting talk to Mr Walker, the manufacturer of the Harman Titan Pinhole cameras.

Best regards,
Henning

Henning Serger
11-04-2012, 07:33 AM
Hello,

just an addition to the numerous operating film and paper production facilities in Europe (see the posts above):

Fujifilm is producing RA-4 silver halide colour paper in their factory in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Some years ago colour film was produced there. The film production is now concentrated in one Fujifilm factory in Japan.
And the plant in Tilburg has been converted from film to paper production (that is not difficult, production processes are very similar; some manufacturers like Ilford and Foma are coating film and paper on the same machines)
[source: Bernd Gansohr, Deputy General Manager. Fujifilm Imaging Systems in an interview at Photokina 2012 with FPP correspondent Viviane Li].

Best regards,
Henning

Kokoro
11-04-2012, 09:03 AM
http://www.mitsubishiimaging.com/color-print-film.html Is this stuff reboxed film by someone else or do they make it?

Karl K
11-04-2012, 09:29 AM
In China there is still Lucky http://www.luckyfilm.com/html/MasterSite/EN/index.html. They are producing BW film (production of color film has currently been discontinued) and RA-4 paper e.g.
And in China there is also still Shanghai (BW films).

Best regards,
Henning

Henning: This information is much appreciated. I'm sorry that I was unable to attend PhotoKina this year. Question: was Lucky represented at PhotoKina and if so, were you able to get information/samples of their B+W films? I am curious about the quality and consistency of their B+W films. I have never seen them in the US. Are there any other Chinese companies that properly manufacture B+W films? If they don't sell to the US, do they export elsewhere?