All a bunch of speculation here so far, from people who don't know the entire picture.
Kodak is NOT selling their film business. Copies of Motion Picture images is going UP for archival reasons, using digital masters. Professional sheet and roll films will continue to be produced.
Oh, no doubt of that. The only difference here being that they might plan on re-activating a Kodak coating line that has already been used at one time to produce many of the current Kodak products or at least very similar ones. Fifteen years ago Kodak made many of their film products worldwide in many plants. I don't know that ALL products were made in ALL plants. But Kodacolor Gold 100 made in Rochester was pretty much equivalent to Kodacolor Gold 100 made at Kodak Pathe'. And I'd be willing to bet if they made it at Harrow it was pretty much the same there, too. So, they did this all at one time. They can't have completely have forgotten how to do this stuff. It's a chemical manufacturing process, after all.Quote:
One cannot simply move production of existing films to a new coating line and expect them to be the same. When Kodak transitioned production of its films to the large Bldg. 38 equipment approximately a decade ago, product characteristics changed substantially.
Now trying to make and coat a Kodak film at an Agfa plant - yeah, that's a whole different ball game.
This is all speculation anyway. But, we can see a possible path to downsizing here. Who knows what they plan on doing?
At this point, until further details are released, I think the most important unknown for anyone who desires continued availability of current Kodak films is how long will Kodak Rochester guarantee to manufacture them for the new entity.
This announcement makes me wonder a bit about the new Freestyle Black and White films coming from the UK.
Might they be sourced by KPP ?
Hi Sal - You are correct. All film (still and motion picture) manufacturing will remain with Kodak in Rochester. I don't have any information on the 2nd part of the question - all I can say is what we've said previously (as that has not changed). The lifecycle of film will depend on consumer and professional demand for the products.
All of our paper manufacturing capability, IP and team around the world will move to the new company. Our consumer and professional film will continue to be made in Kodak’s film factories via a long-term supply agreement.
Thank you for that update, Colleen. That press release though included still film in the Personalized Imaging Division.