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Ilford Stabilizes North America Black-and-White Business

(February 2005) posted on Fri Feb 25, 2005

Also makes Studio 2.1 RIP software available through dealers


In the wake of last year's insolvency of Ilford's UK parent company, Ilford Imaging USA and Ilford Imaging Canada Ltd. have taken steps to re-establish "a regular supply of monochrome products to the marketplace," the companies report.

Product line changes include:

"? Most black-and-white papers remain, but some slow-moving products have been dropped;

"? All major black-and-white film lines are intact, except the company's extended red sensitivity film SFX200; and

"? Ilford-brand chemicals, while being produced by a third party, will be sold and distributed by Ilford.

The company admits there is still "significant work to be done," but states that the immediate future of Ilford black-and-white products "looks promising."
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In other Ilford news, Ilford Imaging UK Ltd. has emerged from receivership, and will be run by a new management team. The company will now trade under the name of Ilford Photo, with a new corporate name of Harman Technology.

In addition, Ilford Imaging USA has opened a new paper-finishing facility in Binghamton, NY. The facility can cut sheets up to 60-in. wide, and is currently converting inkjet media into sheets from 4 x 6 to 13 x 19 in. The company anticipates this facility can finish wide-format roll stock, as demand dictates.

Finally, Ilford announced that its Studio RIP 2.1 software will now be available via dealers throughout the US and Canada. The RIP"?designed for high-quality output on Epson Stylus Pro 4000, 7600, and 9600 printers"?had previously been available only as part of a system that included an Epson Stylus Pro printer and related hardware. The RIP is user-installable. MSRP: $799.95 US ($999.95 in Canada). (Ilford Imaging USA: www.ilford.com)


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