Experimental extrusion hopper used for emulsion coating, made and used by Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, for use in the Emulsion Department at Abbotsford and Coburg.

The hopper was used to test the coating of film and paper with photographic emulsion, before new emulsions were introduced to the broad-scale manufacturing process. It was also used to test the use of extrusion hoppers in the coating process for broad-scale manufacturing use. It was designed and made in-house at Kodak by its engineering, chemist and trade staff.

After it was retired from testing duty, the hopper was presented to retiring Kodak Australasia Managing Director Ed Woods in July 1992 as a memento of his time at Kodak, which dated from1958 at Abbotsford through to 1992 at Coburg. Mr Woods was greatly attached to the hopper, and had it on display in his home for many years until he donated it to Museum Victoria.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers, as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

Physical Description

Metal extrusion hopper mounted on a wooden base, with a metal presentation plaque attached to the wooden base.

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