I'll try to see if I can pull that quote out of the net somewhere. Been a long time since I saw it.
Moving film production from one plant to another is an investment of millions, not just emailing the recipe. It's not a paltry thing. It was a major problem for Kodak to do this within their own company. There are so many secret/proprietary chemicals, processes, and formulas that it's just not going to happen. If Fuji E6 goes bye-bye, nobody is going to pick up the pieces. There's just not enough of a market for any investment to be recovered. Fuji couldn't do it for a B&W emulsion. Fuji originally made 35mm movie film, and I'm sure that they'll keep making roll film. However, I have doubts as to whether they will be making sheet film as the market winds down.
Here's some quotes from the article:Our core competence lies in research, development and technology. WeQuote:
(Where then is your business focus?)
come from the film business, and we are a film company.
The movie business is our root, and this will remain so. But we
redefined the business. In times of massive digital photography the
classic film almost disappeared from the market. Just look what
happened to our former competitors.
Well, the business of photographic films is very complex and very
complicated. Just look what techniques and technology are necessary to
produce film. Film has over a dozen layers of paint applied to a
substrate. Not one layer is allowed to pass into the other. We're
talking about precision work with about a hundred highly functional
materials. That's a major technical achievement. It takes experience,
methods and patents, which can then be used beyond the photographic
Ever been to his aircraft hanger at Paine Field? Those incredibly detailed restorations all have drip pans under them and are ready to fly every summer weekend. To bad he doesn't like film as much as B-25s (Flying Heritage Collection), NFL football (Seahawks), NBA basketball (Trail Blazers), and Jimi Hendrix (EMP). THAT all adds up to real money in my book. I also thought I read somewhere that he plays a pretty serviceable guitar.
Rumor has it he's a pretty decent fellow, too. Don't know if he owns any film cameras.
Maybe we should ask??
Two interesting things here.
If you consider all Kodak production and compare it to Fuji, (including motion picture) then Kodak far outproduces Fuji. BUT, Fuji has much better marketing and distribution, as Kodak seems to have forsaken all of that. See Bob Shanebrook's book for pictures of the huge pallets of film going out the door! Well, it is down a lot, but still going out the door.
And, Kodak is willing to make custom runs if paid for. The problem is not making Kodachrome, it is getting a process for it going. That will double the price.
And then too... Ever hear of Japan Incorporated? The Japanese industry is often supported by the government just like the recent Obama subsidies. Imagine what would happen to EK if the government revived them by giving them an infusion of a few billion dollars.
Japan Inc.ís Year of Disgrace
The agony of Japan Inc.
Naoto Kan and the End of 'Japan Inc.'
How Organized Crime Infested Japan Inc. - TIME (Olympus scandal)
Japan seems to be hurting very hard due to Japan, Inc.
Politicians follow the money. They throw money at things that "cannot fail" but should (banks, insurance firms), and take money away from things that shouldn't fail (science, like the Texas particle accelerator). We won't see any government help for Kodak. But if Fujifilm was in dire straits like Kodak, I'm not sure that the Japanese government would prop them up. The output is small, and I'm not sure it would be seen as one of those, ah, what is it, national treasures? Not that the US treasures much (except as noted above), but I'm not sure that one little building producing 35mm would be kept in business by Japanese government subsidy.
All of what you have posted is correct, but don't you think that there has been some sort of "protection" before those events? Even protective trade agreements will change the balance. If the US is hostile to exports but friendly to foreign imports, and if the opposite were true, then this would illustrate the problem.
AAMOF, Japan has been supporting the photo industry as one of their prime markets and have established a cabinet ministry for photography. They have several universities devoted to photographic science and engineering. Many Fuji and Konica engineers came from these schools and have PhD degrees. No university in the US offers such a degree.
So, there are many levels of support.