Effective globally from May 11th 2020, HARMAN Technology Limited, producers of ILFORD and Kentmere photographic film, paper, chemistry and cameras will be increasing prices for most products by between 1% and 15%.
The prices increases are part of a planned annual schedule — albeit delayed for as long as possible — and not in any way related to COVID-19 or BREXIT, according to updates shared with EMULSIVE, which have subsequently been confirmed by representatives of HARMAN.
As regular readers will know, HARMAN announced the cessation of production at its factory in Mobberly, Cheshire effective April 1st 2020. The closure followed increased production in anticipation of the closure and the majority of ILFORD staff have now been placed on the UK government furlough scheme or are working from home.
Here’s how the prices increases break down:
All film developing chemistry, including ILFOTEC DD-X, MULTIGRADE Developer, PERCEPTOL, Rapid Fixer and stop bath: 15%.
ILFORD single roll photographic film, including but not limited to 35mm and 120 format HP5 PLUS, FP4 PLUS, DELTA family and ORTHO PLUS but excluding bulk loading film: 6-10%.
ILFORD bulk load photographic film, including but not limited to 35mm format, 17/30.5 meter HP5 PLUS, FP4 PLUS, the DELTA family, etc.: 6-10%.
All ILFORD photographic sheet film, including 4×5, 5×7 and 8×10: 1-6%
All KENTMERE photographic film, Kentmere 100 and 400: 6-8%
Some film products, such as ILFORD ORTHO PLUS, XP2 Super and SFX 200 are not subject to price increases at this time. In addition, photographic paper such as new Multigrade is also not affected (according to information received).
The prices increases are at the dealer/store level, so it remains to be seen how they translate into consumer increases. In addition, according to HARMAN, the changes are partly about globally aligning prices and may differ from country to country, going up as well as down.
That said, and to put the pricing into context, we’re talking pennies on the pound or cents on the dollar here. For price increases on specific products, my advice would be to give your friendly neighbourhood dealer/stockist a call to find out.
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