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Old 02-22-2012, 02:22 AM
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Originally Posted by sdkodachrome View Post
So what's in Lausanne/Gland* now? (When the UK processing closed down in 2006, was it processed at Lausanne for a while, or was Lausanne from 2006 on already used just for forwarding to Dwayne's?)

*Googling maps for Kodak near Lausanne, it seems to have all the Kodak addresses in nearby Gland rather than Lausanne proper. So was processing ever in Lausanne proper, or was Lausanne just the mail drop address for mailers, or the name of processing facility based on the region rather than the exact address?
The Kodak address for the prepaid mailers was a Lausanne PO Box No., but the lab seems to have been at Renens. There is an interesting video on Google Video at:

(Try Googling "Kodak Lausanne" on Google Video if the link doesn't work.)

No idea if they had a K-lab there, but the main plant looks very substantial? I assume that it was the last Kodak official lab, until it closed around 2008-ish and became just the mail drop address for films to be couriered to-and-from Dwaynes. The last processed slides must have been despatched from there to users around Feb last year, 2011. I've also read that unused chemicals were taken back to Dwaynes (and, looking at the videos of Dwaynes, it seems that they mixed chemicals on quite a large scale, rather than just using K-lab pre-packs).
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