Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
Kodak Alaris has to generate millions and millions of dollars to pay their pensioners. Surely they will keep the film rolling no?
It would seem that Kodak Alaris doesn't control that. Eastman Kodak does. KA is completely dependent on EK for their remaining supply of Kodak film. And when the current EK contract for large volume MP runs out and it's time to sell or dismantle the manufacturing infrastructure, will KA be interested in buying and operating it? Even if they could afford it? And the potential risk to their pensioners by doing so didn't prevent it?

Or will it just be less risky and more market appropriate at that time to send out a press release stating that, while they would love to continue selling Kodak film, sadly and for reasons beyond their control their supplier has stopped making it. And in a good faith effort to help out their remaining film customers, they will continue by offering replacement black-and-white films from Adox and Harman/llford, and color from Film Ferrania. Just like everyone else.

As alluded to in earlier posts, EK is no longer a film—or even a photography—business. The new CEO mentioned in his interview that the Kodak board has primarily tasked him with growing their new business. He isn't going to do that by sitting down at his first staff meeting and saying "Let's introduce more film products into that declining market space." They no longer market and sell film to consumers. They're a business-to-business packaging printing company now. One that has only a final large legacy film order to service.

Ken