Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/16

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Subject: [Leica] Re: AAAARGH! No More Ilfochrome!!!!
From: nbeddoe at (Beddoe, Neil)
Date: Thu Sep 16 10:20:03 2004

You've cheered me up no end.  I thought that it was made in the UK and
couldn't see how they could maintain it as a product line in  a smaller

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of JCB
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 5:59 PM
Subject: [Leica] Re: AAAARGH! No More Ilfochrome!!!!

At 09:23 AM 9/16/2004, Beddoe, Neil wrote:

>I've just realised.  I'm off to buy a freezer.

And where did you get this info?

Ilfochrome is made in the very profitable Swiss arm of the Ilford company, 
and some in GB. It is coated on the same production lines that coat Ilford 
inkjet paper. The P3 & P30 chemistry is made in GB but the GB portion of 
Ilford is not out of business, it is simply re-structuring and, perhaps, 
looking for a buyer.

Ilfochrome is used in many LightJet and Chromira printers worldwide. I know 
that they (Ilford) are not going to make the RC version of Ilfochrome any 
more (no great loss!,) but I believe the polyester classic (the good stuff) 
will be produced for a long time yet. And if they make the paper, they have 
to make the chemistry as well.

A Swiss acquaintance called the Swiss Ilford company and got the above info.

So, if you have any direct proof that Ilfochrome will no longer be made, I 
would like to know about it, so that I too can go buy yet another freezer.



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