I don't know all the behind the scences, but I always attributed the recent supply problems to Ilford Imaging USA, not the Swiss Ilford
Corey, you are essentially correct. Ilford USA filed bankruptcy early in 2006 and was no longer getting regular product shipments. The only problem with Swiss Ilford is they took too long to get a new distributor. Perhaps the contracts had to go to Japan for approval.
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