the finishing machine, bought after the forte closure
But this is their back up roll film assembly machine. They still have their own so why using this old fashioned type?

the backing paper is crap
Crap is a big word. But I am not happy with this backing paper either. It will result on too much stress on the emulsion surface hence it can cause scratches depending how tight the loading system is on the camera.
So it's a bad decision to continue using this "crappy" paper..........