Thursday, January 3, 2013
Ilford's Film Expansion
It's refreshing to see a traditional darkroom business expanding. While the biggest name in photography for generations, Kodak, is downsizing and selling off all sorts of traditional photo businesses as part of a total restructuring, the company that stood in Kodak's black and white shadow for many years—Ilford—seems to be expanding in the darkroom market. Harman Technology, Ilford's parent company, has invested half a million dollars in building its own factory to produce 35mm film cassettes. Remember them? If not, that's part of the overall issue at work here. While this may not signal any particular resurgence in the use of 35mm film, at least it demonstrates that the company is investing (modestly, but still) in ensuring that 35mm film will remain available for the foreseeable future.