Sorry guys, you are just not using enough Kodak film.
I think it is safe to assume PE said this tougue-in-cheek. I am also assuming that a majority of film sold by Kodak was not B&W to artists, photojournalists and the like -- but color negative film to the average joe for snapshots. That is where the "sudden drop" has probably occurred...and it was probably the sale of this type of film that helped support the production of B&W material.
Just a guess, of course. But if true, then it would not matter how much B&W material we buy, or would have bought, from Kodak. Mom and pop, and the various relatives are not using film to capture those millions of Kodak moments -- they have a digital camera...even if it is a disposable one.
But I have been wrong enough before to be use to it by now.
The difficult part of buying a portion of a company which has falling sales is convincing an investor that there is a sound financel reason behind the decision and a potential for a return on the investment. With the recent trends in market share as they are, it will take someone with deep pockets, superb marketing skills, a genius for production and organization, and even larger balls (apologies to the ladies here) to pull this off. Anyone a close personal friend of Bill Gates who might consider being a patron of the arts? tim
Thought I just read something about the fufillment of the remaining Kodak ULF order for J&C. Hope for the sake of those hanging on that it doesn't get pushed back. Guess that there might not be any more orders coming down the pike.
In ten more years, the newest crop of adults (twenty year olds) will not remember anythig other than digital imaging. Also the digital imaging industry is dynamic and their eventual goal is to make images which are superior in all ways to analog. I hate this because I am dedicated to film but film will go away. Better start watching the emulsions forum and be prepared to "DIY"...Evan Clarka