Ilford is temporarily shutting down the factory where it makes its film. Although the UK-based film manufacturer is still legally allowed to operate during the Coronavirus outbreak, the company has chosen to shutter the factory for the time being to protect the health and safety of its employees. Ilford announced that the factory would be ceasing production through a release on its website.
Ilford says the warehouse will remain open to ship existing products to customers, distributors, and online retailers. The company also suggests that, in recent weeks, it was increasing the production of the most popular products—anticipating that they might have to shut down. While Ilford’s warehouse is well-stocked, customers should expect delays in shipping time—if there is an Ilford product that you regularly use, now might be the time to restock.
We certainly know that developing black and white film at home is a great way to pass the time while social distancing.