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Bowens - gone into administration

HowardJ is off-line
20 July 2017 08:24
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Thank good for that. They're awful.

Long live Elinchrom.


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20 July 2017 08:55
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Bowens - gone into administration



What's your source, Howard?
Bob


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20 July 2017 10:17
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Quote from HowardJ
Thank good for that. They're awful. Long live Elinchrom.



Can't say I agree. Our Bowens Gemini units have been good solid workhorses day in day out at the studio, though agreed they were getting a little dated in terms of long flash durations. Bought a pair of the new battery power XMT's at the show though and they run circles round the Elinchrom equvilent so a shame they have not been given time to turn things around.Wondering if they wil reappear under Calumet or Wex branding as al three were scooped p by the same venture capital group

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20 July 2017 10:19
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What's your source, Howard?
Bob



http://www.pictopro.com/rip-bowens-to-be-liquidated-report-says/
 That is the original source Bob though a few others have picked up on it since. Nothing on Bowens site to indicate this yet though.
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20 July 2017 10:19
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What's your source, Howard?

Bob


The dpreview.com website

https://m.dpreview.com/news/4986224561/bye-bye-bowens-the-94-year-old-lighting-company-is-going-into-liquidation

Actually it's liquidation not administration.



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20 July 2017 10:25
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They have cancelled the Bowens competition too so seems pretty certain.
https://www.facebook.com/bowensflash/photos/a.519977001401689.1073741828.309790882420303/1514353885297324/?type=3&theater
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20 July 2017 11:04
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Quote from HowardJ
Thank good for that. They're awful. Long live Elinchrom.



Loss of competition is never good.
I prefer not to think before I speak. I like being just as surprised as everyone else by what comes out of my mouth.


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20 July 2017 12:04
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I would bet Elinchrom are in the same boat.. loads of competition from cheaper suppliers..

my 10 year old Gemini 500s are still going strong..


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20 July 2017 12:45
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Quote from redbaron
 That is the original source Bob though a few others have picked up on it since. Nothing on Bowens site to indicate this yet though.


I asked because I presumed from your headline that the company had recently been put into Administration, i.e. that the beancounters were trying to keep it going.

Recent reports of possible forthcoming liquidation appeared to be speculative, though not really surprising bearing in mind that the owners of the current parent group are an 'equity opportunities' outfit who dissolved the earlier Calumet (Holdings) Ltd parent group in January.

Looking at the net worth graphs of the the three photography industry companies over the last few years is very interesting and says a lot.

Even though Bowens and Calumet are not companies I have ever made much use of, I'll be sad to see them go as both used to have a reputation for quality.

Bob





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20 July 2017 13:23
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Loss of competition is never good.



I've had so many fuses and modelling bulbs go on Bowens, but only ever had one fuse go on my Elinchroms and that was because a fly flew into it.



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