Moving film production from one plant to another is an investment of millions, not just emailing the recipe. It's not a paltry thing. It was a major problem for Kodak to do this within their own company. There are so many secret/proprietary chemicals, processes, and formulas that it's just not going to happen. If Fuji E6 goes bye-bye, nobody is going to pick up the pieces. There's just not enough of a market for any investment to be recovered. Fuji couldn't do it for a B&W emulsion. Fuji originally made 35mm movie film, and I'm sure that they'll keep making roll film. However, I have doubts as to whether they will be making sheet film as the market winds down.
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come from the film business, and we are a film company.
The movie business is our root, and this will remain so. But we
redefined the business. In times of massive digital photography the
classic film almost disappeared from the market. Just look what
happened to our former competitors.
Well, the business of photographic films is very complex and very
complicated. Just look what techniques and technology are necessary to
produce film. Film has over a dozen layers of paint applied to a
substrate. Not one layer is allowed to pass into the other. We're
talking about precision work with about a hundred highly functional
materials. That's a major technical achievement. It takes experience,
methods and patents, which can then be used beyond the photographic