Agfa-Gevaert

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Agfa-Gevaert N.V.
TypePublic
Traded asEuronextAGFB
FWBAGE
IndustryImaging and IT company
Founded1867 (Aktiengesellschaft für Anilinfabrikation)
1894, Gevaert & Co.
1964 (Agfa-Gevaert)
HeadquartersMortsel, Belgium
Key peopleChristian Reinaudo, CEO
Revenue€ 3,023 million (2011)
Employees11,728 (Dec. 2011)
Websitewww.agfa.com
 
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Agfa-Gevaert N.V.
TypePublic
Traded asEuronextAGFB
FWBAGE
IndustryImaging and IT company
Founded1867 (Aktiengesellschaft für Anilinfabrikation)
1894, Gevaert & Co.
1964 (Agfa-Gevaert)
HeadquartersMortsel, Belgium
Key peopleChristian Reinaudo, CEO
Revenue€ 3,023 million (2011)
Employees11,728 (Dec. 2011)
Websitewww.agfa.com
Agfa logo.
Agfacolor slide, Zakopane 1938

Agfa-Gevaert N.V. (Agfa) is a Belgian multinational corporation that develops, manufactures, and distributes analogue and digital imaging products and systems, as well as IT solutions. The company has three divisions. Agfa Graphics offers integrated prepress and industrial inkjet systems to the printing and graphics industries. Agfa HealthCare supplies hospitals and other care organizations with imaging products and systems, as well as information systems. Agfa Specialty Products supplies products to various industrial markets. It is part of the Agfa Materials organization. In addition to the Agfa Specialty Products activities, Agfa Materials also supplies film and related products to Agfa Graphics and Agfa HealthCare.

In the past, Agfa film and cameras were prominent consumer products. However, in 2004, the consumer imaging division was sold to a company founded via management buyout. AgfaPhoto GmbH, as the new company was called, filed for bankruptcy after just one year.[1] The brands are now licensed to other companies by AgfaPhoto Holding GmbH, a holding firm. Following this sale, Agfa-Gevaert's commerce today is 100% business-to-business.

Company structure[edit]

Headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium, Agfa has sales organizations in 40 countries. In countries where Agfa does not have its own sales organization, the market is served by a network of agents and representatives. At the end of 2011, the company had 11,728 employees (full-time equivalent permanent) worldwide. Agfa has manufacturing plants around the world. The largest production and research centers are based in Belgium, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and China. Net sales for 2011 totaled 3,023 million euros.

Agfa is organized into three business groups as follows:

Agfa Graphics[edit]

Digital and analogue prepress systems, software, and consumables.

Industrial inkjet systems and solutions.

Agfa HealthCare[edit]

Medical Imaging systems[edit]

IT solutions[edit]

Developer of medical imaging information systems. Agfa Healthcare's main offices are in Mortsel, Belgium, Ghent, Belgium, and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Agfa Specialty Products[edit]

Agfa Specialty Products supplies products to a variety of industries.

History[edit]

Agfa photographic products[edit]

Agfa Box

In 2004, Agfa-Gevaert withdrew the consumer market, including photographic film, cameras and other photographic equipment.

Because Agfa-Gevaert still produce photographic films for the aerial photography market, it is still possible to buy fresh, Agfa-produced photographic films for use in consumer cameras. These are sold by the Lomography Society and Rollei and are branded accordingly. This is because those companies purchase the aerial photography film from Agfa-Gevaert, and then cut and package it into consumer photographic formats.

As of 2012, such products carry a small Agfa logo discreetly on their packaging, but are not sold as Agfa branded products.

By contrast, Agfaphoto branded photographic films are not made by Agfa-Gevaert at all, originally having been made by the now closed Ferrania plant in Italy. Agfaphoto films are now produced by Fujifilm in Japan for Lupus Imaging Media.

Agfa Cameras[edit]

Agfa Compur-Rapid
Agfa Isolette
Agfa Agfamatic 300 Sensor
Various Agfa Movex 8 mm home movie cameras
Agfa Optima 1035 Sensor

Agfa produced a range of cameras which included:

SLR[edit]

Agfa Slide Projectors[edit]

Roughly in temporal order, including:

Agfa Consumer and Professional Films[edit]

Black & White films:

Colour Reversal (slide) films:

Colour Negative films:

While former AGFAPHOTO, has disappeared, the surviving Belgian Branch of AGFA continues to produce, among other things, b/w, colour negative and colour reversal materials for aerial photography. Some of these are cut to the usual 135 and 120 formats by MACO PHOTO[7] and distributed under the brand name ROLLEI. Specifically, these re-branded AGFA materials include ROLLEI RETRO 80S, 200S and 400S, DIGIBASE CN200 and CR200.

Agfa Darkroom Equipment[edit]

Agfa Varioscop, b&w and color head, Agfa Variomat C (about 1954)

Agfa Papers[edit]

Agfa photographic papers were of very high quality and included brands such as:

The production of material identical to the last generation of fibre-based and resin coated photographic AGFA MULTIGRADE papers has been resumed by ADOX.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AgfaPhoto files for insolvency, dpreview.com. Article dated 2005-05-27, retrieved 2007-03-04.
  2. ^ Ernst Bäumler: "100 Jahre Chemie", 1963, issued on the 100th anniversary of the Farbwerke Hoechst AG
  3. ^ About CCG Digital Image Technology, definity35mm.com, retrieved 2009-01-11.
  4. ^ By alf sigaro Alfred+ Add Contact. "Agfa Selectronic 2". Flickr.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  5. ^ By alf sigaro Alfred+ Add Contact. "Agfa Selectronic 3". Flickr.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  6. ^ a b c adox.de
  7. ^ mahn.net

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