140 years of experience
The history of Agfa goes back to the nineteenth century and is a long and illustrous record of innovation and technological leadership. A Belgian 'photo products' business and a German color dye manufacturer joined forces and grew into an internationally renowned company in the graphic and healthcare industries.
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Both Agfa and Gevaert were established in the nineteenth century. Business boomed and soon the original premises became too small.
Agfa continued to improve color photography, while Gevaert launched an innovative assortment of X-ray films on the market.
1964 was not only the year of the 125th anniversary of photography, but also the year of the historic merger between Agfa and Gevaert.
In the 1980s and 90s, Agfa acquired a number of companies, reinforcing its leading position and acting as one of the driving forces between digitalization in the graphic and healthcare industries.
In 1999, Agfa's shares were introduced on the stock market. Since then, there have been a number of strategic acquisitions and divestitures, including the sale in 2004 of all photographic activities. Agfa is now a 100% business-to-business company, fully focussed on its three business groups: Graphics, HealthCare, and Materials.