Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Another One Bites the Dust

Durst Phototechnik AG, which produced photographic equipment in Italy, said it stopped manufacturing its enlargers as of yesterday, July 31. The company, which produced enlargers for the past 70 years, said sales have been dropping off since 1982. The company's production and sales peaked in 1979 at 107,000 units.

The proliferation of minilabs and the services provided by the imaging sector sounded the death knell for its enlargers, Durst said in a statement.

During those 70 years over 500 patents for enlargers were filed, including for groundbreaking features such as the dichroic filter, the electronic integration of light measurement and colour calibration, the closed-loop system, etc.

So on 31st July 2006, after 70 years, we will cease production of enlargers, as for years now annual sales have been minimal, running at below four figures.

Parts will continue to be available through the company's web site, Durst said.

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