Ilford Inkjet Media Set to Return to Market
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Chugai Photo Chemical Co. Ltd of Tokyo, Japan and C. R. Kennedy & Company Pty Ltd of Melbourne, Australia, are planning to relaunch a range of Ilford branded inkjet papers. The two companies purchased the Ilford trademarks and associated assets related to consumables for inkjet printing and other coated products after Ilford Imaging Switzerland had gone bankrupt last year. The soon-to-be-relaunched product range, which consists of a large proportion of the previous Ilford inkjet media line-up, will continue to be exclusively distributed in the United Kingdom by Tetenal. Chugai and C. R. Kennedy have established a joint venture called Ilford Imaging Europe, which is tasked with managing the relaunch and supplying distributors with Ilford products. Do note that this company is not to be confused with Ilford Photo, a UK-based firm that produces black-and-white photographic film, papers and chemicals.
Tetenal Press Release
THE WORLD FAMOUS ILFORD BRAND IS BACK
ILFORD is one of the oldest photographic brands in the world with a proud 135 year history. Following the recent purchase of the ILFORD Trade Marks and Associated Assets by a partnership consisting of Chugai Photo Chemical Co. Ltd of Tokyo, Japan and C. R. Kennedy & Company Pty Ltd of Melbourne, Australia, plans are being finalised for a worldwide re-launch of the ILFORD range of inkjet media.
A new company, Ilford Imaging Europe GMBH has been established as a joint venture between the two companies.
The range will continue to be exclusively distributed in the UK by Tetenal Ltd.
As you will see, the range consists of a large proportion of the previous ILFORD range and includes favourite papers such as;
• ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk
• Smooth Pearl
• Smooth Gloss
• ILFORD Gold Mono Silk
as well as Prestige Metallic Gloss and two canvas products.
Main points to note are;
• Competitive Pricing
• Most popular lines included
• Additional complementary products to be added in 2015
• Same codes and packaging to be employed
• New swatch books and marketing materials to be made available.
IN SAFE HANDS
The ILFORD brand is now in safe hands. Together both partners have a combined history of 146 years in the Photo industry and are committed to implementing long term strategies for growth, with respect for the history and traditions of the ILFORD brand.
ILFORD has for 135 years represented outstanding quality; this will continue.
Add in the history of Tetenal which dates back to 1847 and there is a wealth of experience and expertise behind the relaunch of the ILFORD brand.
Chugai Photo Chemical Co. Ltd
Since its inception in 1948, Chugai Photo Chemicals has steadfastly advanced as a manufacturer of
photo chemicals and related imaging products.
C.R. Kennedy & Company Pty Ltd
Established in 1934, the company is Australia & New Zealand’s leading Photographic Distributor.
One of the oldest photographic companies in the world with a history which dates back to 1847 in Berlin. They now distribute throughout Europe from key distribution hubs in Hamburg, Germany, Auxerre, France, Katowice, Poland and here in the UK where they are centrally based in Leicester.