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    major Film makers fuji, kodak, Ilford...how many rolls are they making a year?

    Do the major Film makers such as Kodak, Fuji and Ilford release any information about the quantity of film and how many rolls / formats of film they make in each year? like 250,000 rolls of this.... 2 million rolls of that?.... etc.... or is this a secret?
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    I have been curious about the same. As far as I know, it is probably top secret. I have never heard any solid figures here on APUG or on the websites of the big three.
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    I can't see many manufacturers (of anything, for that matter) needing or wanting to release such information in any meaningful detail. (They might say "we made enough film last year to reach to the moon ten times" )

    I've also seen it said that the masterolls are now made in larger batches from time-to-time, maybe once or twice a year (rather than as a continual process for every different film as when demand was much higher) , then stored for cutting and packaging as needed. In which case, without also knowing stock figures, the actual production would not necessarily represent the sales in the year.

    But I agree, it would be interesting to have some idea.

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    Dear Stephen,

    All these figures are highly confidential:

    We coat most film types every 4 week coating cycle.

    Simon ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited :

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    How much they sell is what really counts.

    Thanks, Simon. We will be sure to keep it a secret.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon R Galley View Post
    Dear Stephen,

    All these figures are highly confidential:

    We coat most film types every 4 week coating cycle.

    Simon ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited :
    Hi Simon

    You are awesome. I Didn't know if it was confidential. Has it always been?
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    Stephen,

    I'm not Simon Galley but remember that PE has commented on many Kodak technologies remaining as trade secrets rather than being patented to maintain confidentiality.

    Tom

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    In Belgium AGFA coats many million squaremeters film per year. Somewhere in their press releases they state a number, but I can't find it now.
    Most of it is for surveillance (traffic, security, military) though.

    1 sqm is ca. 17 rolls of 135-36.
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    Agfa has recently stated that they manufacture more than 1 million sqare meters a day of halide film (the way I read it).

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    Just like the car makers keep their sales secret (shush!) because they dont want anyone to know about it...

    paulie

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