Duck! Perhaps some good news from Ilford! Seems the company is in receivership but someone, perhaps in Switzerland is going to continue production of some of their products. This is from my latest research on the Ilford website:
RODUCTS CATALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPERS
ITEM LISTWHERE TO BUYFACT SHEETSCOMPANION PRODUCTSHARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE PAPER FB GLOSSY
‘Positive’ paper - no need for a negative
Genuine silver gelatine photo paper
Coated on 255 gsm Fibre Baryta base
Fixed grade, high contrast paper
Slow ISO speed (around ISO 3)
HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE FB paper is primarily suited for use in pinhole cameras where exposure and processing in conventional black and white photo chemistry achieves a unique positive print - without the need for a film negative or inter-negative.
HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE FB paper can also be successfully used in other applications such as direct exposure in large format cameras or by cutting small sheets for exposure in LOMO type cameras. Creative and unusual effects can be achieved when used to make photograms or perhaps substituted for standard photo paper when printing from negatives in an enlarger. Available to buy direct from HARMANexpress www.ilfordphoto.com/dpp
Product Supply Suspension - HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE FB paper
The emulsion for this product was developed in Switzerland by ILFORD Imaging Switzerland Gmbh for the Imago project, and became part of our product range when we decided to coat HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE FB paper using the same emulsion.
Financial difficulties last year subsequently led to insolvency at ILFORD Imaging Switzerland and the business is now closed.
We have been, and still are, trying to secure the formula for the emulsion through the Receiver appointed for ILFORD Imaging Switzerland. If successful we intend to restart production, but being realistic it will take many months before any new coatings will be ready for sale, and we may not succeed.
As a result, we are advising that when our very limited stocks of HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE FB are exhausted we will be unable to supply product for the medium term.
There may be some hope! Ed