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Ferrania S.p.A. is a manufacturing company located in Ferrania (Liguria), Italy.
The original firm was started in 1923 as a maker of photographic film, papers, and equipment. The company was purchased in 1964 by the 3M company, who spun it off to their Imation Division. The firm was acquired by Schroder Ventures in 1999 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).
The firm manufactured photographic film and sold it under the Solaris brand, as well as private label products. Ferrania remained the only manufacturer of 126 “Instamatic” films after Kodak discontinued them in 1999, but 126 was discontinued by Ferrania in early 2007. In July, 2008, the company's President announced to its unions that manufacture of color film products would cease in December, 2008. As of March 2009, Ferrania customer service states that they are producing only 135 format color film in 200 and 400 ASA.
They also manufacture Ink Jet Media, X-ray film and digital health imaging equipment, Graphic Arts materials, and specialty plastics. The company has struggled under the ownership of Messina to find business opportunities outside the imaging industry, and has made forays into heavy construction, steel processing, and business services.
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