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.


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


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


The company begins manufacture of X-ray film.


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.


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


The company name changes to "Ferrania".


Ferrania introduces motion picture color film into the market.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


Weatherford plant triples its converting capacity.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Ferrania is exclusive supplier of Kodak Health Imaging film products.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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)