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    Bad news for some, GOOD news for others. . .

    Companies like Ilford, Agfa, Kentmere, EFKE, Forte etc must be quietly happier to see Kodak leaving the B&W paper market. After all it leaves them all a larger potential share of the diminuishing market.

    Lets hope Kodak keep their B&W films in production in the longer term, Tmax films, since their introduction, have always been world beaters.

    So Kodak's decision will hopefully be to our benefit in the long term helping to boost the financial viabilty of other key manufacturers

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    The niche players will be adding to their production runs as the big boys go digital or belly-up. Competition in the market place, it's a beautiful thing. tim

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    Amen. Long live the little guy.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    Bad news for Mexico, unless I'm wrong, what I hope, Kodak is the only one company in this country that has a production and distribution of analog photographic products. The rest, or are focus in mass consumer products, or work through third party distributors. The case of Ilford, after the "financial corrections", there is no distribuitor here.
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    Jose, there is a golden opportunity for you to clean up. Luck occurs when opportunity meets planning. tim

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    Haven't seen any of Kodaks papers selling in NZ for a long time...

    I do agree with you Ian about their films, and I think they must have a very dedicated following now.

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    Kodak's production of B&W papers was proportionaly very low in comparison to their colour papers. As has been said elsewhere they weren't at the cutting edge of these materials and had lost market share very heavily since the 1960's.

    OK so Ilford's Mexican agency has gone, but perhaps another wholesaler or dealer can import it, and you can also buy it direct from the UK.

    One thing that is happening is the growth of specialist distributors here in Europe and also in America, and they will specialise predominantly in Mail order and sales via the Internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose A Martinez
    Bad news for Mexico, unless I'm wrong, what I hope, Kodak is the only one company in this country that has a production and distribution of analog photographic products. The rest, or are focus in mass consumer products, or work through third party distributors. The case of Ilford, after the "financial corrections", there is no distribuitor here.

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    Thanks noseoil and Ian for the comfort!.

    Could be the trigger to learn on alternative processes.
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    Not an alternative process, a business opportunity! tim

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    Jose, this is an opportunity for you to become the sole distributor for a variety of analogue products for Mexico. I'm sure you are not the only in the whole of Mexico one searching for these materials. I believe in diversifying (to a degree) and this may prove to be a little niech market for you and ensure you get cheaper materials for yourself. A win-win situation. I'd start by researching the target market and contacting some of the suppliers which in turn may give them a little boost in confidence and get the wheel turning, to increase production, securing us 'dinosaurs'. Make sure you are always speaking to the right people when dealing with suppliers! It's easy to get disheartened and pushed aside. That's what happens when you deal with people that are either having a bad day, have preconceived ideas without prior knowledge that can be of great influence (unfortunately), or ...
    So, instead of getting upset about no suppliers, grab the window of opportunity - if you are interested in the survival of the dinosaur.
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    Have a great day!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jose A Martinez
    Bad news for Mexico, unless I'm wrong, what I hope, Kodak is the only one company in this country that has a production and distribution of analog photographic products. The rest, or are focus in mass consumer products, or work through third party distributors. The case of Ilford, after the "financial corrections", there is no distribuitor here.

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