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Breaking News: Kodak to raise prices on all film in 2020 (Jan. 1st)

As a distributor of Kodak film we have just received an email from Kodak Alaris informing us about significant price changes across all Kodak films starting January 1st 2020. Kodak Alaris states:

“..our film supplier has passed on a significant price increase to us for all film products. This price increase is far bigger than Kodak Alaris can absorb and we are forced to announce a price increase will be made all of our customers across the world from the 1st January 2020.“
Until the price changes go into affect, all of the film we buy at Kamerastore will still be sold at our normal prices. We are unsure how much film we can get before the end of the year but we will get as much as possible to be able to offer to you before the price increases.

 

We encourage you to read the full statement from Kodak Alaris below (scroll). Although news of any price increase on film brings about an immediate frustration to distributors and film photographers alike, the reasons behind this are quite uplifting and telling of a stable future for film production.

 

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“From Kodak Alaris – 2020 Film Price Increase

2019 has been exceptional year for film, Kodak Alaris has seen increasing demand for film with new interest in traditional photography growing and a decline in the volume of film our key competitor has released to the market. Our market share has grown and levels of positivity towards shooting film not seen for many years has returned. These changes have also come with some problems, in recent years film supply has only just kept pace with market demand during the peak season but this year the increased demand has resulted in the highest level of Kodak Alaris film sales for some years leading to supply issues for most of our film lines. We have had to prioritise production of the most important film types, for example Professional film which is critical to many Professional Photographers. Overall we have seen the level of customer back orders increase to an unprecedented level, we understand this creates a difficult issue for our customers and end users but film production has been limited by a finite supply of one of the key components used to produce film.
Kodak Alaris’s film supply comes from a single dedicated supplier, we are beholden to this supplier for all the film we sell across the world. Our supplier has recognised the increased demand for film and started to initiate plans to increase their volume capacity. A large ongoing financial investment has been made to increase production capacity but unfortunately the benefits of this investment will not be realised until much later in 2020, with some additional benefits being delivered in 2021.

As the level of customer orders has increased every step has been taken to supply film as promptly as possible to our customers, with nearly all film and the components needed to produce film being air shipped around the world. These actions have come with a fiscal cost and despite our and our suppliers best efforts we have not been able to keep up with demand resulting in the extraordinary level of customer back orders we now have.

Partly due to the investment cost related to increasing film capacity and other increases in operational costs our film supplier has passed on a significant price increase to us for all film products. This price increase is far bigger than Kodak Alaris can absorb and we are forced to announce a price increase will be made all of our customers across the world from the 1st January 2020.

Kodak Alaris’s Management Team have agreed to absorb some of the price increase but we cannot absorb all of the price increase, therefore a significant increase will still be passed on to all our customers.

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3 thoughts on “Breaking News: Kodak to raise prices on all film in 2020 (Jan. 1st)

  1. To bad Kodak demolished all but one of its B&W film coating lines more than a decade ago. Otherwise, they could be the hand at their customers’ throats rather than a middle man distributor. I think that the Kodak name is now limited to distribution of products produced by others, even if to Kodak’s specification, meaning that Kodak is no longer really in control of its business. For film, Kodak gambled that it would quickly die out as an unprofitable product. That error was compounded by its refusal to invest in the development and control of digital photography when its early patents gave it that advantage.

  2. “film production has been limited by a finite supply of one of the key components used to produce film.”

    I am curious which component is the limiting factor. Is it silver, gelatin, nitric acid, or?

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