Franke & Heidecke Files for Insolvency (Rollie)

The original Rollei twin-lens reflex, c. 1929

The original Rollei twin-lens reflex, c. 1929

Franke & Heidecke GmbH, Feinmechanik & Optik, based in Braunschweig, Germany, has filed for insolvency.  The Hans R. Schmid Beteiligungs GmbH, Offenburg, acquired the majority shareholding in the company in September 2008. For majority shareholder Hans R. Schmid, a devoted supporter of the company’s products, who had described his commitment as a matter of personal importance, there was no alternative to filing for insolvency any more.

The Online Photographer: Franke & Heidecke Files for Insolvency.

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One Response to “Franke & Heidecke Files for Insolvency (Rollie)”

  1. Jason Says:

    For many the only shock value to this news is that it in fact took this long to occur. Many of the traditional camera manufacturers saw the digital age coming and adapted to the winds of change. Rollei has been bought and sold several times to different investors in recent years that these aforementioned steps could never be taken. The smart money is the name of Rollei will live on as another company buys it and attempts to brand something photo related under a name that was trusted in the industry for nearly a century.

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