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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    In a statement, Kodak said Tuesday that it has consistently indicated that as motion picture film volumes continue to decline, “We will continue to make adjustments to keep our scale in line with the decline.”

    It seems very much likely that the future of Kodak is tied to the future of motion picture film.

    What will happen when all movies are digital?
    Studios are starting to come to the realization that there is currently no safe and viable long-term archival solution for digital and are creating film-based archival copies of their digital content. Likewise, many museums are sticking with film for archiving their collections.

    Many of those studios are also starting to get push-back from filmmakers and consumers alike who don't care for the "look" of high res digital capture. Some filmmakers who were early adopters of digital capture are now taking a hybrid approach, mixing both film and digital capture. Many moviegoers are also beginning to complain that movies that were captured digitally look more like a television broadcast than like the film-based movies they have come to expect [and it appears prefer]. Whether or not there are enough of them to constitute a critical mass remains to be seen.

    While there is no question that digital projection will become ubiquitous [the economics of film versus digital projection make it inevitable] I suspect that movies will for many years to come continue to be shot and archived using film stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f8&bthere View Post
    While there is no question that digital projection will become ubiquitous [the economics of film versus digital projection make it inevitable] I suspect that movies will for many years to come continue to be shot and archived using film stock.
    You yourself had it about the critical mass.
    Agfa left that cine camera-film segment long ago, long before digital capture was an issue. Recently Fuji left that field too, with only Kodak remaining on that section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    The economics is simple. Let older trained people train younger people who are paid less. Then lay off the older people and have a smaller payroll and lower individual pay!

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    When stated that way, it makes good business sense however, many of the PT will leave the first chance they get for a FT job. Over time, the loyalty of the work force will go down. JMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by fotch View Post
    ...however, many of the PT will leave the first chance they get for a FT job...
    So what? There are plenty more part timers where they came from. Also, where are all those full time jobs that part timers can leave for? Third world countries?

    Quote Originally Posted by fotch View Post
    ...Over time, the loyalty of the work force will go down...
    Over the last decades, loyalty of employees has tracked corporations' declining loyalty to their work forces. Seems fair and balanced to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriscrawfordphoto View Post
    I don't believe you. Why would big companies that give their employees good insurance suddenly want to drop them to part time to avoid doing what they've ALWAYS done for those employees? Are they doing it just to spite the [President]? Or are you just spreading falsehoods to steer people in the direction your handlers want? All Obamacare does is require companies to provide insurance. Companies that already do so are NOT affected, except for some low-wage employers like Walmart that provided insurance few employees could afford that provided little real benefit. It has no effect on high-wage, good benefit employers like Kodak.
    At least someone out there sees things as they are rather than blindly and dumbly follow the party line!
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    The surprising thing is that while Kodak seems to continue to shrink, Ilford seems to be expanding. More surprising, they are doing it with only b&w.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    The surprising thing is that while Kodak seems to continue to shrink, Ilford seems to be expanding. More surprising, they are doing it with only b&w.

    Kent in SD

    Then Ferrania are about to restart production, Fotoimpex/Adox introduce lost products, Foma films & papers are now very widely available.

    Part of the problem is peoples perceptions, I spoke to a photographer last week who thought Kodak had ceased trading. If Kodak Alaris re-build the marketing and distribution of Kodak films then they should regain some of their market share. You need to look at why some people switched away from Kodak films, in my case it was lack of availability of Kodak B&W while living & travelling, in Turkey, Chile, Peru etc, Ilford and Foma films were easy to find as were the odd rolls of Fuji, Kodak non existent.

    Part of the restructuring under Kodak Alaris will be to make the company healthy & profitable and that will inevitably mean job losses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    The surprising thing is that while Kodak seems to continue to shrink, Ilford seems to be expanding. More surprising, they are doing it with only b&w.
    I only got to know of employees being laid off. No growth in number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Then Ferrania are about to restart production, Fotoimpex/Adox introduce lost products, Foma films & papers are now very widely available.
    You can count those new employees at your hands. Insignificant in number to what have been laid off at the industry, which once employed tenthousands of people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    Ilford seems to be expanding.
    I wonder what their total employment is.

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