I must be the eternal optimist, since I seem to be one of the few who see an up side of the Kodak situation. To my mind, Kodak has slowly, one product at a time, abandoned traditional, film based photographers over the past few years. So I have little sympathy for the company, only for the thousands of people who once earned a living and produced quality products as Kodak employees.
But Kodak's withdrawal from providing film, paper, and chemicals leaves a larger market share for Ilford and other companies who are dedicated to providing these products. This can only make these companies stronger and better able to continue serving their market longer into the future.