About Ferrania

Since 1923 Ferrania Imaging Technologies has played a significant role in the development of imaging technologies and their related businesses.

For over 90 years the company has manufactured and marketed photosensitive materials for applications in industries such as Photography, Health Care and Graphic Arts.
Ferrania Imaging Technologies has traced the evolution in photographic and imaging technology. The company's dedicated personnel and global resources enable Ferrania Imaging Technologies to develop and deliver solutions to its customers worldwide.

1915

A new S.I.P.E. site to produce nitro-cellulose mixture is built in Ferrania, Italy.

1923

FILM (Fabbrica Italiana Lamine Milano, formed in 1917) presents its first positive motion picture film at the Turin exhibition.

1926

The company begins manufacture of X-ray film.

1927

The company breaks into the photography market (film and paper) and sets up several complete lines in various formats, from the Leica 24x36 to the 6x9 format and flat film.

1936

Research laboratories expand, leading to development of an original system for synthesis of sensitizers and production of infrared plates and film.

1938

The company name changes to "Ferrania".

1947

Ferrania introduces motion picture color film into the market.

1960

La Ciociara ("Two Women" starring Sophia Loren) filmed in Ferrania P30, wins the Oscar.

1964

The "Ferrania" (Italy) and "Dynacolor" (USA) companies are acquired by Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, USA (3M). Thanks to the global distribution networks, sales of products developed and manufactured by "Ferrania" now expand world-wide.

1968

Introduction of the first private label brand photographic films to the European market.

1972

Introduction of the first private label brand photographic films to the U.S. market.

1974

World's first rare earth X-ray intensifying screens - Trimax™ - are introduced, reducing X-ray exposure by half.

1976

U.S. manufacturing operations for photographic film are relocated to Weatherford, Oklahoma.

1979

First producer of anti-crossover X-ray films - Trimax™ XUD - improving image quality; design and launch of the first centralized daylight film handling system - Trimatic™ - to load and unload radiographic cassettes in full daylight.

1980

Weatherford plant triples its converting capacity.

1984

Launch of innovative films for world's first wet laser imager.

1985

"Scotch™" is introduced as the photographic products brand name.
Introduction of new "J Band" and cubic grain technology for X-ray films.

1991

The Ferrania site in Italy becomes the first photographic film manufacturer to earn ISO 9001 & ISO 9002 certifications.

1992

Pioneering development and launch of X-ray films utilizing laminar crystal anti-crossover technologies.
The Weatherford, Oklahoma, USA site earns ISO 9002 certification.

1993

Advanced Processing System (APS) released, reducing processing time, chemical usage and environmental impact.

1994

Launch of an innovative asymmetric system - Trimax™ GCA - for chest examinations.
Ferrania becomes a licensee of the photographic industry consortium set up for development of Advanced Photo System products.

1996

Imation Corporation (spin-off of Information and Imaging business of 3M, including Ferrania site and businesses) is launched as an independent company.

1998

Ferrania is exclusive supplier of Kodak Health Imaging film products.

1999

Ferrania Imaging Technologies is acquired by Schroder Ventures - Europe (now Permira). The company is launched as an independent company.

2000

New generation FG negative films introduced; Solaris™ introduced as the photographic products brand name.
New range of photo-quality inkjet media introduced, distributed under the OptiJet™ brand name.

2000

December, 1st  Ferrania Imaging Technologies re-enters the Medical Diagnostic Imaging marketplace with its own brands, offering a complete range of new advanced technological solutions.

2000

Launch of LifeWeb™ - Ferrania's Image and Information Management System (RIS/PACS) for the integrated management of radiographic information for diagnostic purposes.

2001

Launch of LifeJet™ Printing System for Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, referral copy and associated medical imaging requirements; launch of new LifeWeb™ RIS (Radiology Information System).
Introduction of a complete range of inkjet cartridges distributed under the Optijet™ brand name.

2002

Launch of LifeInVision™ - Ferrania's Digital Acquisition Solutions.

2003

Launch of LifeWebOne™, the new low entry solution to manage medical data and images.

2006

Ferrania becomes Ferrania Technologies S.p.A. to focus on pharmaceutical industry

2013

The photographic film production line was acquired by the new company FILM Ferrania s.r.l. which took over some of Ferrania's manufacturing equipment and buildings, as well as a number of those Ferrania technicians laid off in 2012. FILM Ferrania inherited the historic brand Ferrania to launch analog products suitable for the actual needs of the cine/photo market. In 2013, FILM Ferrania announced to be intending to re-start production of Solaris FG-100 Plus color negative film and Scotch Chrome 100 color slide film in a variety of formats, with a potential emphasis on cine film. In an interview, Nicola Baldini, chief of the new company, stated his intention of also bringing back black-and-white films, especially the historical Ferrania Pancro 30.

On November 19, 2013 Film Ferrania presented the main core of production and R&D, formed by eight people with years of experience in the field, who are listed by their names, biography, and photos, on the company's website. On September 2014, Film Ferrania, after an online survey, announced a crowdfounding on the platform Kickstarter to obtain $250.000 from the founders to buy some machines from the old plant of Ferrania. On October 29, 2014 Film Ferrania terminated the fundraising campaign reaching $322.420 (128% of the original target)