Jobo is the latest victim of the digital shakeup of the photo industry and the economy. The company, once known for its photoprocessing equipment and lately for its photo frames, has been declared insolvent.
Insolvency procedings have been initiated against Jobo AG, a German company that was founded in 1923. The company, which just recently introduced the Nano 8 pro digital photo frame and had transitioned from a darkroom gear maker to a digital acessories manufacturer, was best known in the darkroom era for its line of processing machines for schools, the home darkroom, and small studio market.
For darkroom workers, the Jobo color manual processor was used for E-6, C-41, RA-4 and black-and-white film processing and was embraced by a wide range of photographers for small-run photoprocessing. The company also made enlargers, tanks and drums, print dryers, and other accessories for film and print processing. As Jobo brags on its web site, photos shot on the moon by the Apollo 11 crew were processed using Jobo gear.
In recent years, Jobo attempted to re-invent itself as a digital company, and introduced many innovative products. Jobo developed photoGPS, an award-winning GPS device for phototagging, the Giga Vu line of portable digital storage devices such as the Giga Vu Pro Evolution (photo above) , a variety of memory card readers (most recently the Cube, which was designed to store additional cards along with the reader), and an extensive line of photo frames (sample at left).
There is no indication of the company's status on Jobo's web site, but German sources confirm Jobo has been declared insolvent and its assets are being sold off to pay creditors.