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Kodak to make single-use cameras in Mexico

Eastman Kodak Co. will send some of its single-use camera manufacturing to Mexico.
The company announced today that it plans to start making the recyclable cameras at a plant in Guadalajara. Kodak started manufacturing at the Guadalajara facility 25 years ago. Single-use cameras will be added to existing product lines turned out there.
The Mexican plant expansion is planned to go on line in 1997. The expansion will cost $44 million, said Kodak spokesman James Blamphin.
Blamphin said the move will not affect single-use operations or jobs in Rochester. Film for cameras made in Guadalajara, in fact, will come from Kodak Park and thus increase Rochester exports, he said.
Kodak currently makes the vast majority of such cameras in Rochester. It also produces them at a plant in Chalon, France, that supplies European markets.
The reusable 35mm cameras are Kodak’s hottest consumer item. The cameras are sold loaded with film. Consumers return the entire camera to photo finishers to get pictures developed. The bodies are then sent back to Kodak, which takes the parts and uses them to turn out new cameras.
Blamphin said demand for single-use cameras has risen sharply over the past few years globally, outstripping Kodak Park’s ability to supply the growing market.
By adding single-use capacity at a third site, Kodak can meet demand and reduce the risk of having one-time-use camera manufacture concentrated in too few regions, he said.
Before settling on the Mexican site, the company had also considered building new single-use facilities in Colorado, Canada and China, Blamphin said.
It decided to go with the Guadalajara plant for several reasons.
Chief among them were the need to be close to Central and South American markets and favorable production costs in Mexico.
While most of the cameras produced in Guadalajara will be destined for markets south of the border, some will be sold in North America, Blamphin said.

Kodak to make single-use cameras in Mexico

Eastman Kodak Co. will send some of its single-use camera manufacturing to Mexico.
The company announced today that it plans to start making the recyclable cameras at a plant in Guadalajara. Kodak started manufacturing at the Guadalajara facility 25 years ago.

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