Kodak is currently making polyester and CTA film bases in Kodak Park.
at least 6 or 8 years ago "a base" was being manufactured
in rhode island ( i spoke to the factory, and was friends with someone who was allegedly making it )
and at least one person at K- verified it ...
i believed the kodak rep who told me that K had no plans on stopping production
of any traditional photographic paper too when i asked him on the phone about
the closing of the plants in south america ... and then 2 weeks later they announced
the end of kodak b/w paper
i guess i am just gullible ...
Last edited by jnanian; 06-12-2013 at 08:33 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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So what does this all mean? Do we now have to worry about potential quality issues as Kodak farms this out to whoever?
I'd be even more worried if my favourite film stock is coated on the same material as movie print film, big Sony order or not ... the fact that PET is also used for plastic bottles gives me about as much confidence as the fact that gelatin is used for food and color couplers for hair dyes There may be completely different specs and requirements for film base and plastic bottles.
Trying to be the best of whatever I am, even if what I am is no good.
Making Film Now and Into the Future – The Manufacture of Kodak Motion Picture Products
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