During the glory days of film photography, Fujifilm ran one of its major production facilities in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The plant was founded in 1982 and became one of the biggest manufacturing sites for the company outside of Japan, with nearly 1,000 workers producing film (reportedly up to 200 million rolls per year), photo paper, and other imaging equipment. In 2006, Fujifilm shut down much of the operations at the plant, and now the company is auctioning off the equipment that has been sitting idle for the past unit now. The industrial auction service “Troostwijk” is currently holding an online auction for the gelatin and emulsion production machines. With an end date in February 2019, the auction includes things like: the homogenization line, buffer silos, tanks, roller conveyors, paper presses, transport systems, and more. What’s interesting is that the auction also includes an extensive photo gallery, giving the public a first in depth look into what the once-booming film production plant looks like from the inside:-
All the images where taken before 2006 on my last visit to FUJIFILM Corporation in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. announced plans to build a new production facility on the site in Tilburg. In June 2019, FUJIFILM Corporation acquired the company, current FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific, Inc., which has been a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of cell culture media since 1970 and has currently sites in the United States and Japan. There is need to expand in Europe with a third manufacturing facility and this will be built in Tilburg. A factory of Fujifilm will be transformed to a manufacturing facility for the production of cell culture media used at biopharmaceutical industry. The products, solid and liquid, will be produced according the requirements of the quality assurance system cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice), required by, among others, the pharmaceutical industry.
Fujifilm will be killing off more of its camera film products in 2018, further dwindling the company’s limited selection of analog offerings.
The company announced earlier this month on its Japanese website that a number of multi-film packs will be discontinued starting in March 2018. Here’s the list:
•Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400, 24 exposure, packs of 3
•Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400, 36 exposure, packs of 3
•Fujichrome Velvia 50 Professional, 36 exposure, packs of 5
•Fujichrome Velvia 100 Professional, 36 exposure, packs of 5
•Fujichrome Provia 100F Professional, 36 exposure, packs of 5
The good news (for now) is that photographers will be able to still purchase Superia Premium films in packs of 3 as well as the same Velvia and Provia stocks as individual film rolls (it’s the packs that are being discontinued).
But the bad news is that these multi-pack discontinuations aren’t exactly a good sign for the future of each film line.
“As well all know from history, killing off packs is a telltale sign that the film is no longer being produced and they will just milk the remaining stock as singles,” Japan Camera Hunter writes. “You nature photographers had better stock up on Velvia while you can.”
What’s more, a number of film stocks are being completely discontinued starting in May 2018. We’ll soon be seeing the demise of:
•Fujicolor Natura 1600, 36 exposure
•Neopan 100 Acros 4×5, 20 piece
•Neopan 100 Acros 8×10, 20 piece
Natura’s impending death was foretold by the discontinuation of its multi-film packs in 2016. If any of these are among your favorite film stocks, you’d better start building up a stockpile before they’re not longer on store shelves.
After this latest round of discontinuations, there will only be a very small handful of Fujifilm slide, negative, and black-and-white film stocks left:
•Fujichrome Velvia 50
•Fujichrome Velvia 100
•Fujichrome Provia 100F
•Fujicolor Superia Venus 800
•Fujicolor Superia Premium 400
•Fujicolor Pro 400H
•Fujicolor Pro 160NS
•Neopan 100 Acros rolls
Fujifilm’s Instax instant film business has been booming as of late, selling in record numbers (outpacing Fujifilm’s digital cameras) and dominating sales charts on Amazon. But sadly, it doesn’t appear that Fujifilm’s traditional films have seen as much of a resurgence.
I can still get my film from Hong Kong. http://www.fujifilm.com.hk/