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Agfa-Gevaert N.V. develops, manufactures and distributes analogue and digital products and systems for the making, processing, and reproduction of images.
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.
While in the past, Agfa film and cameras were common consumer products, today Agfa's business is 100% business-to-business.
Agfa is organized into three business groups as follows.
- Computer-to-film and computer-to-plate systems.
- Graphic film, printing plates.
- Digital proofing systems.
- Large format printing (e.g. billboards, wallpaper, textiles).
- High quality printing (e.g. bank notes).
Medical Imaging and Information Management systems.
- Digital Radiography modality (DR).
- Computed Radiography modality (CR).
- PACS systems for radiology and cardiology.
- Information systems for radiology and cardiology.
- Conventional radiology film and film developing equipment.
- Film and paper printers.
- Orthopedics workstation.
- Women's Care (mammography) products.
- Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and enterprise information systems.
- 1867 The company ActienGesellchaft für Anilin-Fabrikation was founded in Rummelsburg near Berlin as a manufacturer of dyes and stains. It became a public limited company in 1873. The founders were Paul Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (son of composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) and Carl Alexander von Martius .
- 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.
- 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.
- 1994 Introduction of PACS products.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2002 Acquisition of Mitra Imaging Inc., a developer of medical imaging and information systems for healthcare.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pending regulatory approval, acquisition of Heartlab, Inc., a U.S. developer of cardiology image and information management systems.
- Agfa employees.
- The official Agfa website.
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