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    GREAT NEWS FROM ILFORD !!!

    "We plan to be the last man standing in black-and-white imaging."
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    "the company hopes to enter new markets such as glass plate coating."


    WITH STATEMENTS LIKE THIS (see news release below)
    THIS IS A COMPANY THAT DESERVES OUR SUPPORT !!!
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    NEWS RELEASE
    Title: Ilford move secures black-and-white future
    Date: 9 March 2005
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    It's good news at last for black-and-white photographers - following last month's management buyout, Ilford Photo says that not only will it continue its current range of monochrome products, it also plans to reintroduce abandoned lines.

    According to managing director Phil Harris, the company will retain all existing film lines except SFX200, as well as all existing papers and liquid chemistry. Dry chemistry products, warmtone developers and a number of abandoned papers will be reintroduced over the next few months, and the company hopes to enter new markets such as glass plate coating.

    Harris explained: 'The current item list was generated by the receivers for maximum efficiency, so we will reintroduce old lists. For example, we are the only company in the world that can coat glass plates, so while it would not be a big part of our business, we want to consider it. We are committed to black-and-white.'

    Ilford Photos was created last month after Ilford Imaging Group's UK arm completed a management buy-out. The team acquired the manufacturing and sales and distribution of the Mobberley plant and, according to Harris, will retain the 380 staff now employed there.

    Ilford went into receivership in September 2004, at which point the Mobberley workforce was slashed in half. Ilford Imaging Group's Swiss, French, Australian and US businesses are all up for sale, while its German and Italian arms have gone into receivership.

    The new company can only use the Ilford brand for its silver-based black-and-white products, and is not allowed to compete with the Swiss branch's inkjet business using the Ilford name. It is also contracted to provide coating for the Swiss branch's inkjet business for the next two years, unless this arm ceases to produce inkjets after it is sold. However, Ilford Photos has established a secondary brand named after the company's original founder - Harman Technology - to allow it to expand into other areas.

    Harris explained: 'The core technology at Mobberley can coat very thin high quality layers that has many non-imaging applications - for example, medical uses. We anticipate that could become up to 20% of our business, under the Harman brand.'

    Harris was optimistic about the future, despite Ilford's difficulties over the past year. He said: 'Ilford Photo is profitable and solvent.

    The receiver had to decide whether to keep the company trading or not, but we had such great support from our customers that the business came back up off the floor. Black-and-white has been declining by 5-7% per year, and last year it declined by 20-30%. I think next year it will be the same, then the decline will flatten out as we reach the core market of fine art, student and specialist black-and-white photographers. We plan to be the last man standing in black-and-white imaging.'

    Source: © Incisive Media Investments Ltd 2004
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    well that has certainly brightened up a dark and miserable day here in Ramsgate. I think I might even be smiling (wonders will never cease)

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    Will Pan F+ survive?

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    It seems so - all existing films will continue, except sfx200, which is no great loss.

    So what old abandoned products might they bring back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapper
    It seems so - all existing films will continue, except sfx200, which is no great loss.
    SFX200 is a great film because it gives a slight infrared effect which is great for some portraits. I will miss it a bit but then I can learn to use another film for this.

    Morten
    Last edited by modafoto; 03-10-2005 at 07:10 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Wrong formatting in quote

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    Well...double happy day! Ilford & not losing PanF+!!! I am one happy cow-girl!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWGirl
    I am one happy cow-girl!
    LOL. I found a picture of you


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    So, come on, confess - who actually panic-bought a fridge-full of Pan F+?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapper
    So, come on, confess - who actually panic-bought a fridge-full of Pan F+?
    Not me...I bought 10 rolls, but have switched to Delta 100 for portraits. I have tamed that bastard and think the film is one of the greatest.
    Shine on crazy Deltamond.

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    Ha! Doc Morten!! I can't believe I left that old picture of me laying around! Cripe... I haven't had pigtails in so long...

    Actually, Snapper... the real question is "who can actually keep PanF+ laying about in the fridge?" haha I use mine a LOT! Love that film!
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