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    How many film factories?

    Just wondered how many film factories there were at the top of film production and how many there are now?

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    Well, for color I think the list is short:

    Kodak
    Fuji
    Lekai (Lucky China)

    Companies that used to make color film

    Agfa
    Konica
    Mitsubishi
    Tura
    Ferrania
    Forte
    Foma
    Ansco
    3M (rebadged Ferrania?)
    ...more?
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    Agfa is still coating color and bw film in Belgium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ath View Post
    Agfa is still coating color and bw film in Belgium.
    Yes, but I think it's not general purpose film for normal photographers (but, of course, you get relabeled versions of technical films and relabeled versions of outdated films made before the bancruptcy of one part of the company).

    For b/w I think there is Fuji, Ilford, Kodak, Foma, Efke, Lucky and somewhen again Adox/fotoimpex. There is also filmotec/Orwo that produce general-purpose b/w films but only offer them in rolls for the movie industry.
    Not to forget the Impossible project.

    Did I forget a factory? I am afraid I did not.

    All other brand names are relabeled versions of films produced by these companies.
    The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands smell like fixing bath.

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    A few glaring ommissions like:

    Ilford
    Ciba (an Ifochrome film)
    ERA - China
    Filmotec - formerly Orwo/Agfa
    EFKE
    Slavich

    That's in recent years pre the 1960's and particularly earlier in the 20th Centuary there were literally hundreds of film producers.

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    Not sure if there are still any in the former USSR (doubtful?).

    Any in India?

    @Marvin - I'm sure that it would make an enormous (but very interesting) list if it were possible to think of all the companies who made film from the early 1900's to date.

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    And what about Rollei for B/W?

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    Quote Originally Posted by giacomo.fiani View Post
    And what about Rollei for B/W?
    Rollei/Maco don't make any films it's just repackaged from the manufacturers.

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    ERA - China
    Hm, is Shantou Era still in business? Their website has looks alive but the film itself is available nowhere any more.

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    Who makes the Foma films? Don't they have their own coating facilities?
    And the sign said, "long haired freaky people need not apply"

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