ILFORD Photo - Back in production Posted On 18th June 2020 To News
We are back!
Following the recent easing of the coronavirus lockdown measures here in the UK we are excited to report that life is starting to return to our Mobberley site with our machines and staff being phased back in to operation.
A lot has changed in the world in the 10 weeks since we announced the temporary site closure. The number of people who have been impacted by COVID-19 here in the UK is tragically high making our decision a justified and necessary precaution.
We would like to offer our thanks to all the key workers who have kept the country going and send our deepest condolences to all those around the world who have lost loved ones or suffered through this terrible disease.
We know the pandemic is far from over so while the machines were having a well-deserved rest (the longest period of down time they have ever had), we had a team working hard to implement a whole raft of onsite safety measures and new working practices to protect our employees and their families ahead of their return.
In March we built up stock levels to see us through what was to be an undetermined period of closure. We are delighted that in this time you have all kept shooting film and many of you have even used your extra free time to get into a darkroom and print. As such demand for our film, paper and chemicals has remained high and now much of our buffer stock has gone.
Our teams have a long list of back orders to fulfill as soon as possible and we will be working our way through this product by product. However, it may take a few weeks for this to work its way through to your retailer.
During this period we also temporarily closed HARMAN LAB, (http://www.harmanlab.com), our onsite lab service for both black & white and colour film processing as well as enlargements and prints from digital files. We are now pleased to confirm the lab has also reopened its doors for orders with the films that arrived during lockdown as the priority. We thank all those customers for their patience.
A final thank you
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all our customers, stockists and distributors who have been buying and using our films, papers, chemicals and accessories throughout. Your unrelenting support for our products means a lot!