Kodak to keep Headstone Drive manufacturing plant in Harrow

Harrow Times: Kodak commits its future to Harrow Kodak commits its future to Harrow

One of the world’s leading brands which has been manufacturing in Harrow for decades has committed to a future in the borough.

After more than a year of uncertainty for the business, Kodak has announced it will continue to operate in Harrow with the possibility of expanding in the future.

The factory in Headstone Drive, Harrow, is the company’s only facility producing printing paper which is shipped all over the world.

Despite being threatened with bankruptcy, the company responsible for the Harrow site has been re-launched as Kodak Alaris, after breaking away from the American arm of the business.

Speaking exclusively to the Harrow Times, head of the company Lee Palmer said: “We want to let the people of Harrow know we are still here and we are here to stay.

“The site is vital to the future of the company and all the global manufacture of all colour negative paper is done in Harrow.

“It is early stages in the company at the moment and it is hard to say if there will be investment in the site, but now we have stability we can look to move forward.”

The new company, which includes personal imaging and document imaging, was bought by the UK Kodak Pension Plan from Eastman Kodak in September this year.

Mr Palmer added: “Now that the company is UK-registered and with the manufacturing based here, our future is very much in our own hands.

“Now there are certain things we can do as a company which may not have been able to do if were still part of Eastman.”

The Harrow site provides printing paper for professional use with mural images and also personal use by amateur photographers.

The company has been in the area for more than 60 years and was once the largest employer in the borough.

However in recent years, due to financial difficulties and cuts, large parts of the site have been sold off for development.

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10:52pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Good to hear Kodak (UK) is going forward even after so many setbacks and hope they will stay to serve Harrovians for a very long time and flourish.Merry Christmas and a Sucesssful new Year.
Good to hear Kodak (UK) is going forward even after so many setbacks and hope they will stay to serve Harrovians for a very long time and flourish.Merry Christmas and a Sucesssful new Year. Sonoo Malkani

10:11am Fri 13 Dec 13

xyz says...

This is great news for Kodak and for Harrow.

I worked for Kodak Harrow and was made redundant in 2005 after 27+ years with the company.
This is great news for Kodak and for Harrow. I worked for Kodak Harrow and was made redundant in 2005 after 27+ years with the company. xyz

11:52am Fri 13 Dec 13

Mibrad says...

Seventy years ago I was taking pictures on a Kodak Box Brownie, sixty years ago I was in a youth club party being shown over the Kodak works and fifty years ago I had started sending my colour films to be developed. I feel I've had a lifetime with Kodak, and I'm delighted to hear that it is to continue its life in Harrow.

Congratulations, and long live Kodak!

Mike Bradley
Seventy years ago I was taking pictures on a Kodak Box Brownie, sixty years ago I was in a youth club party being shown over the Kodak works and fifty years ago I had started sending my colour films to be developed. I feel I've had a lifetime with Kodak, and I'm delighted to hear that it is to continue its life in Harrow. Congratulations, and long live Kodak! Mike Bradley Mibrad

12:02pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Sue Anderson says...

So pleased to hear this, hope this business goes from strength to strength
So pleased to hear this, hope this business goes from strength to strength Sue Anderson

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