Originally Posted by CameraQuest
maybe a link to that program ?
There isn't a permanent link. In a nutshell, each spring Harman announces a period during which orders will be accepted, a list of emulsions and sizes available, and a list of participating dealers. After the order window closes, Harman aggregates all of the orders across the participating dealers and figures out how to schedule cuts from the respective master rolls of the different emulsions to be able to fill the orders. IIRC from years ago when this first got off the ground, cutting is done sometime during the summer. Orders are shipped out to the participating retailers typically sometime from late September into October, for forwarding to the retail customers.
The program was launched shortly after the bankruptcy of Ilford and the reorganization of its B&W product business as Harman Technology in 2004-2005. Previously, Ilford had sold master rolls to third parties such as Photo Warehouse, who offered custom cuts to unusual sizes. For a variety of business reasons the Harman management team terminated that arrangement. Some of us who were fans of odd-size view cameras communicated with Harman to explain the consequences of that decision for us. To their great credit, Harman came up with the special order plan, which allows us to place small-quantity orders for odd sizes but minimizes the logistical and cost burden on Harman by requiring the orders to be placed during a specified period each year so that they can be aggregated to minimize the disruption of production schedules and maximize efficiency.
This ongoing gesture of goodwill to the B&W film community deserves to be widely known and supported by all who have an interest in these special sizes.