I am not sure where "down the road" is located.
Kodak is currently making polyester and CTA film bases in Kodak Park.
Making Kodak Film has a photo of the casting wheel that is a lawn ornament at Kodak Park. There are also schematics and photos of the estar and acetate manufacturing equipment.
at least 6 or 8 years ago "a base" was being manufactured
in rhode island ( i spoke to the factory, and was friends with someone who was allegedly making it )
and at least one person at K- verified it ...
i believed the kodak rep who told me that K had no plans on stopping production
of any traditional photographic paper too when i asked him on the phone about
the closing of the plants in south america ... and then 2 weeks later they announced
the end of kodak b/w paper
i guess i am just gullible ... :blink:
So what does this all mean? Do we now have to worry about potential quality issues as Kodak farms this out to whoever?
The naphthelenic polymer films used with APS films seemed to have great promise. Is anything being done with these? I suspect they also had light piping problems, but I don't know for certai.
Jerry, I have posted that same observation on PET ruining cameras, but Bob says "motion picture print (projection)". And we had PET coated films for in-camera use back in the 60s.
Sorry to hear of those who've lost his/her job due to this strategic change :(
"It's certainly a blow for the Rochester community to have that capability go away and the jobs associated with that," Shanebrook added.
Making Film Now and Into the Future – The Manufacture of Kodak Motion Picture Products
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