Midlands photo finishing company Standard Photographic will next month begin operations in its new high-tech labs - refurbished at a cost of around £1.4 million.
The company's recently-renovated 3,500 sq metre production area will turn out up to 100,000 digital colour prints an hour.
Standard, based in Leamington Spa, had turnover of around £4 million last year. It was acquired last autumn by leading European photo finisher CeWe Color.
Parent company CeWe believes, with the company's heavy investment in new technology and machinery, turnover will rise to nearly £7 million.
In Britain - with a population of around 59 million - 40-45 million rolls of film are sold annually.
Photographers take some 1.8 billion digital colour pictures with digital products and services accounting for nearly 45 per cent of turnover.
Standard Photographic's 64 staff provide photo-graphic services for high street retailers such as Boots, Asda, Tesco and Jessops as well as Pixology and Fujifilm London.
The range of products supplied by the new facility will include colour prints from both film rolls and digital data, as well as photo books and photo gift articles.
Standard Photographic managing director Thomas Mueller said the UK photo finishing market was one of the most important future growth areas for CeWe Color.
He said: "Top quality products at favourable prices can only be realised if a plant operates with the most modern production machines to ensure optimum workflow."
Research by market research institute GfK has revealed that around six million digital cameras were sold in the UK in 2005.
Experts estimate that the sales volume for 2006 will rise by approximately 15 per cent, to more than seven million cameras.
The photographic market in the UK is characterised by minilabs, with a market share of approximately 55 per cent.
In 2005, 850 million colour prints were developed in wholesale labs.
Photo service provider CeWe Color, has 20 highly technical photo finishing plants and a staff of 3,700 employees in 19 European countries.
CeWe, which is based at Oldeburg, Germany, employs 3,700 staff at 20 photo finishing plants in 19 European countries.