Aside of being behind in corrosion protecting at machinery, to be seen already at photos published in the past, failure of workplace climate control, also stated by an other source, the article reports a collapsing roof and flooding.
Out of the industry you hear that this all is due to being captured in being forced to large scale production at minimal profit. However as there are several parties involved in dealing with Fotokemika all those comments out of that field should be taken with a grain of salt. I find it hard with a desktop perspective to reason on the cause of Fotokemika's demise as manufacturer.
Sad to lose them.
Wow - like tap dancing elephants (the amazing thing isn't that they do it well but that they do it at all) there was a lot of criticism of quality issues with Efke films but overall they seemed pretty decent. Not up to Kodak/Ilford/Fuji or even Foma but considering the equipment the amazing thing was that they were as good as they were. They were obviously doing a great job given what they had to work with.
But it shows you don't need a billion-dollar facility to make film.
You do if you want good film with high quality.
Compare Kodak, Ilford and Fuji with these products.
No doubt Kodak, Ilford and Fuji were and are far more consistent. But Efke was usable most of the time. Considering they were apparently working with "stone knives and bearskins" to quote Mr. Spock, they did pretty darned well.
(City on the Edge of Forever: "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bearskins.")
And Roger you are right. However, there are far more complaints about EFKE products here than for products from the big 3. I have seen defects that others have missed AAMOF. I have some samples here that I posted and I got no comment.
You see, one of the defects is uneven coating speed. This causes a sinusoidal coating pattern giving products high and low density in a given pattern. You would see it very badly in LF, but hardly at all in 35mm. Another unremarked problem is particles of dirt and dust in the coated film. So, they do well as IMHO most here ignore or are not aware of these "tiny" problems.
And when Kodak and Fuji abandon us then even a Fotokemika would be wonderful to have.