Quote Originally Posted by Arctic amateur View Post
I wonder if part of the problem is that Kodak's coating machinery was built to serve 1990's level of demand for film. Now that this demand has all but vanished, the overhead costs in starting a production run small enough for today's demand is terribly large. Would I be correct to guess that Kodak won't build a smaller machine with less overhead because the cost will never be recovered?
Absolutely correct. That's why Kodak had to discontinue all of their E6 production. All of their emusions would have to be reformulated for the smaller machine, and there just isn't the demand for that. Fuji discontinued their ISO 400 120 film because new Japanese regulations dictated using differen chemicals, and they couldn't recoup the expense.

Quote Originally Posted by Arctic amateur View Post
Ilford went through a painful restructuring process some years ago and was able to emerge alive and competitive. Is Ilford's coating machinery smaller and more economical for small runs than Kodak's?
Much smaller.