Ilford Imaging Switzerland shuts down factory
December 2013. (A little late but worth posting anyway)
Ilford Imaging Switzerland declared itself insolvent after the ‘last potential investor pulled out’.
The company has ‘ceased trading’ and closed its plant at Marly, according to informed industry sources. [However, AP understands that it officially continues to trade and has stock to sell, despite halting paper production.]
Amateur Photographer (AP) understands that around 130 staff at the firm have been laid off, though some have been asked to return to the factory to help the receiver. Six staff were based in the UK, a spokesperson told AP in July.
‘It sounds very much like a terminal situation,’ said one source familiar with the situation, speaking today.
‘Last Thursday all staff were made redundant.’
AP is seeking an official statement from the receiver – believed to be a firm based in Fribourg.
Factory staff have been discussing the situation via messages sent to former colleagues on Facebook.
Meanwhile, AP has learnt that UK inkjet paper maker PermaJet has stepped in with plans to sell its own version of Ilford Galerie paper.
PermaJet, which is based in Warwickshire, confirmed to AP that it has been making preparations for Ilford Imaging Switzerland’s demise.