Roger - one thing that keeps me loyal to the Kodak chemistry brand is the very consistent qualtity.
I prefer their RA4 chemistry to the various do-it-yourself kits (though Fuji/Hunt may be equally good,
and I haven't tried any Arista private label product yet). HC-110 is fairly complicated to replicate,
though this too has been allegedly done. But why bother? Hopefully, this will be true of film as well.
Someone else will own the business and run it with the attention it deserves, but otherwise, the
quality will be kept intact. But I do agree that manufacturing buyouts are a roll of the dice - more
often than not the purchasers are idiots with a bunch of MBA consultants whose only real world experience is behind a Starbucks counter. But I do know a number of positive stories too, where a
bankrupt company or division came out much better in the long run.