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Photo summit Oberstdorf 2020: ILFORD sets world record in adverse weather conditions

Canon and Ilford create the longest digitally printed photo
Ilford sets a world record - in adverse weather conditions with rain, snow and temperatures around 0 degrees Celsius.

"The longest digitally printed photo was taken on 26 September 2020 by Canon, Oberstdorf Tourism, Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel and Ilford in Oberstdorf, Germany," says Tom Albrecht of Guinness World Records.
Jochen Kohl of K2 and responsible for the technical implementation of the world record: "To defy this weather, the choice of paper played a decisive role. Ilford made the right choice of material in advance: "ILFOJET Synthetic Paper". This paper is characterised by a low paper thickness, an important prerequisite for making the way over a length of almost 110 metres from the roll into the Canon Pro-6100. Its special coating, in combination with Canon inks, resisted the adverse weather and difficult printing conditions. It is also extremely robust, so you could bend and pull it without any problems. Many viewers of the live stream were amazed at how hard-wearing the photo-realistic material is. Rain showers and gusts of wind at the top of the ski jump put the material under extreme strain".
Uwe Janke, Sales Manager Germany at Ilford: "In this world record, the team around Jochen Kohl reached their physical limits through almost 18 hours of continuous use in rain and snow. In the last third, they were actively supported by the building services of the Oberstdorf Haus. Countless steps had to be run up and down. Jochen Kohl used all his strength to pull the expression "stuck on the ski jump table by the rain" down the 110 metres.
Background information: Perfect teamwork of Canon, Fotogipfel Oberstdorf, K2-Studio and Ilford After calculating the maximum roll length of the Canon "imagePROGRAF PRO-6100" several rolls of "ILFOJET Synthetic Paper" with a special length were produced. Jochen Kohl from K2- Studio carried out two test runs in advance at Ilford. Then it was off to the ski jump in Oberstdorf, with a stopover at Thomas Weißmann von Holz-Weissmann, a specialist in the construction of freight and sea crates. In just a few hours he built a sturdy wooden crate for helicopter transport, which was the only way to transport the printer up the ski jump. Once at the top, the box was opened, the printer was filled with ink, the special roll was inserted and the printer was protected from rain and snow with a tarpaulin. Because of the protection, the printer was not visible during the 16 hours in which it continuously printed the 109.04 metre long synthetic paper from Ilford.
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