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FILM Ferrania s.r.l.
Type private company
Industry Chemicals, manufacturing
Founded 1923
Headquarters Cairo Montenotte (SV), Italy
Products Film
Website FILM Ferrania
Package of the Ferraniacolor reversal roll film type 120 produced by Ferrania S.p.A. in the 1950's
Ferrania 126-format photographic film cartridge

FILM Ferrania s.r.l. is a manufacturing company located in Ferrania (Liguria), Italy, founded in 1923 as a maker of photographic film, papers, and photographic equipment, including cameras. The company was purchased in 1964 by the 3M company to become Ferrania 3M, until it was spun off in 1996 to 3M's Imation division. In 1999, Ferrania was acquired by Schroder Ventures and then spun off as a separate company. Subsequently it was acquired by a Genoese shipping company, Gruppo Messina (Ignazio Messina & Co. S.p.A).


Original Ferrania[edit]

The roots to the Ferrania company lie with the 1882-founded explosives manufacturer SIPE (Società Italiana Prodotti Esplodenti, "Italian Society of Explosives Products"). World War I saw a wide extension of business for SIPE, including the establishment of a new plant situated in the Ferrania hamlet of Cairo Montenotte. With the production and chemical properties of explosives and early film being very similar, towards the end of the war SIVE founded a subsidiary called FILM (Fabbrica Italiana Lamine Milano, "Italian Lamination Factory, Milan") co-owned by the French Pathé Brothers, which effectively became the film company Ferrania, founded in 1923.

In 1932, Ferrania acquired the Milanese photographic plate manufacturer Cappelli, to temporarily become Cappelli-Ferrania, and soon after also Tensi, the city's other large photographic plate manufacturer, before re-naming itself back to just Ferrania in 1938. Ferrania's widest expansion and peak in popularity came in the post-World War II era after 1945, producing films such as Ferraniacolor or the black-and-white Pancro 30 used by Pier Paolo Pasolini for many of his films. In the later years following the 1964 acquisition by 3M and as part of Imation, the company manufactured and sold photographic film under the Solaris and Scotch Chrome brands, as well as private label products. Up until 2007, Ferrania remained the only manufacturer of 126 “Instamatic” films after Kodak discontinued them in 1999.[citation needed]

In July 2008, the company's President announced to its unions that manufacture of color film products would cease in December 2008, although as late as March 2009, Ferrania customer service stated that they were still producing 135 format color film in 200 and 400 ASA. However, all manufacture of photographic film had ceased by the end of that year, and in October 2012, Ferrania laid off 198 out of 230 employees formerly working in the manufacture and processing of film.

FILM Ferrania[edit]

In 2013, the photographic film production line was acquired by the new company FILM Ferrania s.r.l. which took over some of Ferrania's manufacturing equipment and buildings, as well as a number of those Ferrania technicians laid off in 2012. FILM Ferrania inherited the historic brand Ferrania to launch analog products suitable for the actual needs of the cine/photo market. Ferrania's film production is going to start again in early 2014, with FILM Ferrania having announced in 2013 to re-start production of Solaris FG-100 Plus color negative film and Scotch Chrome 100 color slide film in a variety of formats, with a potential emphasis on cine film.

Nicola Baldini, chief of the new company, in an interview does not rule out the possibility of restart the production of black and white films, like the historical Ferrania Pancro 30.

On November 19, 2013 Film Ferrania presented the main core of production and R&D. It is formed by eight people, with years of experience in the field. In the company's website are visible their names, biography and photos.

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:12:12 -0700

Film photographers are used to options slowly fading away, but today we have news of the opposite variety: a film company making a dramatic return to the game. Originally announced via blog post in July of last year, Italian film company FILM Ferrania ...

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:11:15 -0700

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:18:45 -0700

Aunque en los últimos años las noticias en torno al mundo de la fotografía química casi siempre han sido para hablar del cierre de alguna empresa o el fin de la producción de una película, la mítica compañía italiana Ferrania ha saltado a los titulares ...


Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:51:24 -0700

Probabilmente stai scherzando Smile Le prime pellicole a colori nel cinema italiano portavano il marchio Ferrania. Le invertibili di quella casa avevano una resa colore che altri produttori dell'epoca (sia jap. che europei) se la scordavano ...


Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:11:15 -0700

看过了众多胶片停产的坏消息后,近来终于有了胶片摄影的好消息。来自意大利的Ferrania决定重启胶片生产业务。其中会包含35mm胶片、120胶片、Super 8和16mm电影胶片。这家公司也将在9月份的Photokina上带来自己的新品和 ...
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:07:30 -0700

Dupa Al Doilea Razboi Mondial Ferrania produce filme foto si cinematografice, alb-negru si color. In 1964 compania este achizitionata de 3M si, subsidiara Imation, produce filme Solaris si Scoth Chrome. Reducerea cererii de film argentic duce in 2012 ...
La Repubblica
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:31:15 -0700

E ancora, il cinegiornale de 7 aprile 1941 ci porta a Ferrania a vedere come si fabbricavano le pellicole per le macchine fotografiche: dai fogli sottili di plastica all'emulsione fotosensibile con cui venivano trattati. Prodotto oggi quasi scomparso ...

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Fri, 05 Sep 2014 07:03:45 -0700

Il progetto è oggetto di un Accordo di Programma sottoscritto da più soggetti, tra cui Regione Liguria, che cofinanzia l'opera, e Ferrania Technologies, proprietaria di una quota rilevante delle aree interessate dall'intervento. Nella fase propedeutica ...

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