The French company that owns Cokin, the famous supplier of photographic optical filters, has gone into administration but UK supplies continue, contrary to reports, insists Cokin?s UK distributor.

Cokin is owned by Groupe Fokia, a firm based in Rungis, France.

Mike Williams, a surveyor, called Amateur Photographer earlier this week to say: ?I?m ****** off. I can?t get [Cokin filters] anywhere.?

A phone call made to Groupe Fokia this morning went unanswered.

However, as far as Cokin?s UK distributor is concerned it?s almost business as usual.

?We have got supplies and are supplying dealers,? said Jane Nicholson, a spokeswoman for Intro 2020.

She conceded that supplies to the UK have slowed but expects Cokin filter deliveries to return to normal in the New Year.

Intro 2020 dismissed reports of a management buyout at Cokin as ?just a rumour? and insisted that filter production has not been stopped.

?Cokin has not gone into administration,? she said, stressing that it’s the brand’s parent company which is affected.

Groupe Fokia also owns brands such as Quartzcolour, a supplier of lighting systems for the television industry.

The firm’s difficulties were first reported in UK trade magazine Pixel last month.