Ilford Imaging is illiquide
The swiss company, that originated from the Tellko company before being merged with Ilford in Britain in the 60s survived the splitting of the two plants in 2004/2005 and took with them the Ilford name, is now out of money, can't even pay the salaries.
Typically they had been engaged in colour silver-halide materials before they added ink-jet papers to their portfolio.
The court has been informed.
The situation seemed to be caused by the latest owner (2010) having ceased to fund Ilford any longer. It is not clear why the company is not dissolved regularly but let go into the current situation.
Ilford is nevertheless looking for a new investor.
Here is the press release from Ilford announcing the take over by their latest owner dating from 2010:
The Paradigm acquisition will maintain the financial stability of the company and provides a
sound platform to manage future challenges. One of Paradigm’s philosophies, to secure the
future of a business through investment, has already been realised with the approval of
capital expenditure to move forward a key development in the manufacturing facility in
Last edited by AgX; 07-05-2013 at 06:17 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Bad news. What does this mean for the Ilford inkjet papers and films?
As long they still have papers and films in storage those would be sold as usual. Maybe production still goes on.
In case the court starts an insolvency procedure those assets will of course get under control.
If true, very bad news for Swiss Ilford and of course their employees.
However, do note that this company has been totally separated from UK Ilford, (trading as Harman) who make Ilford BW film, BW darkroom paper and chemicals for around 10 years. I expect Simon will want to clarify.
Mike, I referred to that splitting twice.
By the way, the UK Company is called Harman. They just call their halide department Ilford Photo.
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That is absolutely correct, the UK company and the Swiss company are two totally separate businesses with different owners, who, by agreement some years use a similar trademark for totally different product ranges. Harman is, of course, owned by the directors/managers, which includes our good friend Simon.
Originally Posted by AgX
At all larger manufacturers there are rumours about their future. This is meanwhile kind of part of the business.
Harman too have laid off many employees and have space to let.
Bad for the employees of course. But for our materials, how bad could it actually be? They don't make anything we analog photographers are interested in anymore anyway, with the possible exception of Ilfoflex mentioned in another thread as reversal processing very well but the problem with that seems to be very very limited availability.
Might there be a tiny outside chance that a new owner or investor would lead to the re-introduction of Ilfochrome? Probably a miniscule chance if that, but one can hope.
When the Swiss color division and the British monochrome division split, there was an agreement to allow sharing the Ilford marketing name to
provide a sense of product continuity, along with a certain amt of website sharing. But otherwise these have been completely different
enterprises for awhile now. The world of Inkjet supplies is already flooded with competition, and it would be difficult to compete with the international footprint of Fuji and Kodak in the RA4 paper category (plus Mitsubishi is a player in Asia). That left Ciba/Ilfochrome as their only
truly unique category, which for some time had such miserable distribution issues, it was a dead man walking. They probably have some dye
and patent holdings, but those are niches of little interest to us.
It's worth bearing in mind that Ilford/Harman bought Kentmere because they had some of the best specialist inkjet products and Harman produce some of the best high end inkjet papers now available.
I liked and used the Ilford Inkjet papers but they disappearred from the shelves of the stores I use quite a time ago, as has the Fuji paper, but I don't do many inkjet prints these days, and any high end prints would be on the Harman FB papers now anyway.
I think the Swiss company suffered because most digital users thought Ilford as a whole had gone bust and couldn't understand the difference between Ilfordphoto/Harman and the Swiss Ilford.