From a purely business standpoint then, perhaps contracting manufacturing of film to China or eastern Europe, based upon a desired film type, could be a way to build a film production business. If plants already exist in those countries, they might be willing to do OEM manufacturing, and probably already have a selection of films formulas from which to start.

Since over the next year I'm going to be traveling to Shanghai frequently on business (unrelated to photography, unfortunately) perhaps I'll ask around and find out what the state of film manufacturing in China is today.

Is this what J and C does?