THE 'resurgence' of analogue film has seen a Mobberley firm taken over by a Worcester-based investment company for an 'undisclosed amount'.

HARMAN technology, manufacturers of the famous ILFORD Photo range of Monochrome Photographic products, have been purchased by Pemberstone Ventures Ltd.

Pemberstone said it had been tracking the performance of HARMAN for some time.

Mark Anslow, chief executive of Pemberstone Ventures, said: “We are very excited by the potential of the analogue photography movement and believe that HARMAN is uniquely placed to drive the resurgent film market into the future."

Peter Elton, managing director of HARMAN, agreed.

He said: “Film has become an interesting medium for young photographers to work with again.

"We are seeing this very clearly. Our new owners will assist us to connect more effectively to this younger generation in the future, and we will prioritise this as our main goal over the next five years.

“We remain totally committed to analogue photography, and indeed to all forms of imaging.

"Our product range is uniquely stable and of the highest quality, and we can assure all of our customers that we will continue to support them in our customary way for the foreseeable future."

Regeneration expert LPC Living wants to build 360 homes on part of the HARMAN site.

The plans were knocked back by Cheshire East Council but a planning inspector is set to hear an appeal by the developers in January 2016.

The Guardian is waiting for a response to see if the HARMAN takeover deal affects those plans.