Australian distributor, C.R. Kennedy & Company and Chugai Photo Chemical Co. Ltd of Tokyo, Japan have jointly acquired the trade marks and associated assets of the renowned Ilford brand.

The acquisition will see leading products such as the ILFORD GALERIE PRESTIGE and ILFORD OMNIJET range of inkjet papers  continue, with existing ICC profiles, on a world”wide basis. A press release announcing the acquisition states: Together, both partners have a combined history of 146 years in the photo industry. They are committed to implementing long-term strategies for growth, with respect for the history and traditions of the Ilford brand. Ilford has for 135 years represented outstanding quality; this will continue.

According to our sister publication, Photo Counter (, Clem Kennedy and Arnoud Mekenkamp will jointly manage the company. Mr Kennedy is well known in the Australian photo industry both as a director of CR Kennedy and former treasurer of PICA and then IDEA. Mr Mekenkamp is MD of Tecco GmbH based in Bergisch Gladbach (close to Cologne), a producer and converter of uncoated and coated inkjet and laser papers/print substrates and paper-based offset printing forms.