For a thread titled Ilford Color Film? I'm mildly surprised that Simon has not yet shown up here to gently slap some sense into us. Being able to tell us "no way, no how, not now, not ever" and then have us all profusely thank him afterward for that response is quite the unique skill he possesses. And uses to great effect. Perhaps he is on holiday?
"When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."
— Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932
Ilford is currently stable. It would be bad for them to take the risk of diversifying into color film. It is likely that the money expended would have little return thus leading to their collapse. I would far rather have a stable manufacturer of color film than one teetering on the edge trying to produce color film. I really like Ilford black and white films and would hate to see them go away because of a stupid decision. It is best that they stick to their niche.
Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts: Journalism - University of Arkansas 2014
Ilford does have a film distribution network set up, and finishing and packaging equipment.
So if they wanted to partner with a manufacturer .....
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2