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ILFORD Group AG acquires TECCO GmbH

Guest post by Paul Willems, CEO

Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 9.48.07 AMILFORD Group AG, the parent company of ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH, is excited to share the news that we have acquired German-based company, TECCO GmbH ( Well-known for its extensive selection of photographic, fine art and commercial inkjet media, as well as solvent, proofing and laser papers, TECCO has an unmatched approach to servicing customers worldwide and is an ideal strategic partner whose values ring true to our own.

TECCO’s long history of offering its customers a solid product portfolio makes them a great addition to the ILFORD family and while both TECCO and ILFORD will continue to operate individually, the alliance will benefit from the synergies the two companies will bring.

This includes providing customers in our well-established markets with an improved level of customer service. This will be achieved through a winning combination of outstanding and complementary capabilities that only the two could jointly offer. We at ILFORD, along with TECCO, are excited to begin this new alliance and trust our customers will immediately benefit from this union.

For more information on the acquisition, CLICK HERE to download the complete press release.

ILFORD Innovation CEO Paul Willems with Vincent Oliver of photo-i

Paul Willems, CEO of ILFORD

ILFORD has been an innovator since 1879 in the earliest days of the photo industry.  Vincent Oliver of photo-i interviews Paul Willems, CEO of ILFORD in Marly, Switzerland. This video gives you and overview of how ILFORD keeps at the top of it’s game with a commitment to research and development and staying close to customers, responding to the needs of those who print their own photographs.

Oliver asks Willems what makes ILFORD special for the photographer.  “Well obviously ILFORD has always been associated with quality,” said Willems. “Anybody who is an ILFORD user expects to get that best quality ‘out of the box’ product. But also [they are] expecting ease of use.  Through our imaging science and coating technology … our media is totally compatible…. And last but not least permanence of the image… Our key products like our Gold Fibre Silk or Smooth …. products have been awarded by the Wilhelm Institute with a light permanence of over 200 years which clearly shows the tremendous quality.” Willems goes on to talk about the reality that inkjet printing can now equal or surpass analog prints. (more…)

ILFORD CEO Paul Willems on Inkjet Technology Development

Paul Willems took over as CEO of ILFORD Imaging in July 2011. In the short video below he talks about the innovation that continues to make ILFORD unique in the industry. “If you look at … the photo industry there is tremendous innovation,” says Willems. “We are not a run of the mill media manufacturer… we are actually building the combination of paper and film bases with optimized coating technology.”

ILFORD Imaging offers a wide variety of surfaces, weights, and textures of media including two double sided inkjet papers.  All of the media in the ILFORD GALERIE line is developed specifically with photographers in mind.  Have a look at this short video to hear more.

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