Most don't realize how difficult it is coating Baryta (FB) paper, especially with one coating machine.

The paper creates quite a bit of dust and chaff due to the Baryta, and thus the machine must be separate from film or if film is coated on the same machine, the room and the machine must be cleaned of debris before coating film.

So, I suspect a decline in FB paper and then RC paper, encouraging people to move to a hybrid process where they print using a digital printer.

This is indeed sad to see.

PE