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Agfa

Agfa-Gevaert N.V. develops, manufactures and distributes analogue and digital products and systems for the making, processing, and reproduction of images.

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Overview

Headquartered in Mortsel Antwerp, Belgium, Agfa has sales organizations in 40 countries, representation in 120 countries, and 14,500 employees (full time equivalent permanent) worldwide. Agfa has manufacturing plants in 10 countries, including Belgium, Germany, Italy, China, and the United States.

Agfa is traded on the Brussels and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges (Reuters ticker AGFAt.BR/AGEG.DE, Bloomberg ticker AGFB BB/AGE GR, Datastream B:AGF). Net sales for 2004 totaled 3.7 billion Euros.

While in the past, Agfa film and cameras were common consumer products, today Agfa's business is 100% business-to-business. For example: Agfa digital cameras

Company Structure

Agfa is organized into three business groups as follows.

Graphic Systems

Digital and analogue prepress systems, software and consumables.

Health Care

Medical Imaging and Information Management systems.

Specialty Products

Consumables (motion picture film, microfilm, film for non-destructive testing) for specific markets.

History

  • 1894 The company L. Gevaert & Cie was founded in Antwerp, Belgium, arising from the workshop for the manufacture of photographic paper belonging to Lieven Gevaert.
  • 1897 Appearance of the Agfa trade mark.
  • 1898 Introduction of X-ray plates and film products.
  • 1912 Bayer builds a factory in Leverkusen, in which film chemicals and later also photographic papers are manufactured.
  • 1922 Introduction of double sided medical film products.
  • 1925 As part of the consolidation of the German chemical industry, the photographic activities are combined with those of Bayer, including a camera factory in Munich.
  • 1932 Introduction of low dose X-ray film products.
  • 1942 Introduction of intensifying screen products.
  • During the Second World War Agfa became part of IG Farben, a conglomerate of all German chemical industries. When the Allies broke up IG Farben after it was found guilty of war crimes, Agfa reappeared as an individual business. An Agfa plant located in what was to become East Germany became the foundation of Orwo.
  • 1952 Re-establishment of Agfa AG as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayer in Leverkusen.
  • 1964 Merger of Agfa AG and Gevaert Photo-Producten N.V. with Bayer AG and Gevaert each holding a 50% interest in the new operating company.
  • 1981 Bayer buys out Gevaert and becomes 100% owner.
  • 1990
    • Sale of magnetic tape business.
    • Introduction of Computed Radiography (CR) products.
  • 1994 Introduction of PACS products.
  • 1996 Acquisition of Hoechst's printing plate and proofing business.
  • 1998
    • Acquisition of Dupont's offset printing and graphic arts film business.
    • Sale of the company's Copier Systems business to Lanier Worldwide Inc.
    • Acquisition of CEA AB.
    • Acquisition of Monotype Typography Inc.
  • 1999
    • Acquisition of Sterling Diagnostic Imaging.
    • Separation of Agfa from Bayer. Initial public offering of Agfa-Gevaert shares on June 1. Agfa listed on Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges.
  • 2000
    • Acquisition of Krautkramer, a producer of ultrasonic systems for non-destructive testing.
    • Acquisition of Quadrat, a European producer of radiology information systems.
  • 2001
    • Acquisition of Autologic, an American producer of systems for prepress automation.
    • Acquisition of Talk Technology, a producer of medical voice recognition systems.
    • Acquisition of the German company Seifert and the American company Pantak, producers of industrial X-ray equipment for non-destructive testing applications.
    • Acquisition of a minority interest in MediVision, a developer and manufacturer of digital imaging systems for ophthalmology.
  • 2003
    • Opening of new printing plate factory in Wuxi, China.
    • Sale of non-destructive testing business to General Electric.
    • Acquisition of Granite Systems, a producer of software drivers for printers, multifunction devices and digital presses.
  • 2004
    • Acquisition of Dotrix, a Belgian producer of digital color printing systems for industrial applications.
    • Acquisition of Lastra, an Italian manufacturer of plates, chemicals and equipment for the offset printing industry.
    • Sale of the consumer imaging division to a company founded via management buy out, named AgfaPhoto, and held by an investment company. Agfa grants permission for AgfaPhoto to use the Agfa name in perpetuity. After one year, AgfaPhoto files for bankruptcy.
    • Acquisition of ProImage, an Israeli developer of browser-based digital workflow solutions for the newspaper and printing industries.
    • Acquisition of Symphonie On Line, a French information technology company and developer of EPR (electronic patient record) systems.
    • Sale of Agfa Monotype Corporation, a provider of fonts and font-related software technology, to Boston based private equity investor TA Associates.
    • Acquisition of GWI, a German developer of healthcare information systems for medical records, nursing, business management, and facility administration.
  • 2005
    • Acquisition of Heartlab, Inc., a U.S. developer of cardiology image and information management systems.
    • Acquisition of Med2Rad an Italian developer of radiology information systems.
    • Introduction of industrial inkjet products.

Sources

  • Agfa employees.
  • The official Agfa website.

External links

ja:アグフア・ゲバルト nl:Agfa-Gevaert

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