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1868 – 1904: The Early Years

1868 – 1904: The Early Years

In the age of the construction of the Suez Canal, the invention of the telephone and the building of the Eiffel tower, the companies Agfa and L. Gevaert & Cie too first see the light of day: the former in Germany, near Berlin, the latter in the city of Antwerp in Belgium.

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1905 – 1959: The Years of Expansion

1905 – 1959: The Years of Expansion

Both Agfa and Gevaert rapidly expand. Their capital has grown enormously and they establish branches all over the world. Many new products are introduced to meet the needs of different quickly modernizing industries, such as repro films and plates, X-ray materials and motion picture film with sound.

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1960 – 1979: The Golden 60s and 70s

1960 – 1979: The Golden 60s and 70s

1964 is the year of the big merger between Agfa and Gevaert. In the following prosperous decade Agfa-Gevaert establishes itself as the leader of the standardization and automation of the graphic arts industry, while electronic techniques start making their way.

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1980 – 1990: Expanding in prepress technology

1980 – 1990: Expanding in prepress technology

After Bayer has obtained 100% ownership of the Group at the beginning of the decade, Agfa-Gevaert starts producing anodized aluminum offset printing plates and expands its position in the field of printing and office systems through the acquisition of the American company Compugraphic.

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1990 – 2000: From analogue to digital

1990 – 2000: From analogue to digital

Whereas in the first half of the decade more sophisticated filmsetters take over from the early phototypesetters, the second half of the decade is charaterized by the shift from analog to digital technologies. A number of acquisitions make Agfa the leader in the graphic prepress industry.

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2001 - now: Prepress and printing in the third millennium

2001 - now: Prepress and printing in the third millennium

Agfa Graphics gains momentum at the turn of the third millennium. It acquires a number of companies, thus reinforcing its market and technology leadership in prepress. The company also opens a state-of-the-art factory in China, and enters the industrial inkjet printing market.

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1868 – 1904: The Early Years

In the age of the construction of the Suez Canal, the invention of the telephone and the building of the Eiffel tower, the companies Agfa and L. Gevaert & Cie too first see the light of day: the former in Germany, near Berlin, the latter in the city of Antwerp in Belgium.

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On the 28th of May 1868, Lieven Gevaert is born. He will build the Gevaert Company from scratch to a company of world fame. In 1873 Agfa, the Aktien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrikation, is founded in Germany.

In 1890, Lieven Gevaert establishes a workshop, specialized in the production of calcium paper. Four years later, he and Armand Seghers establish L. Gevaert & Cie with a starting capital of 20,000 BEF. After only one year, the company opens its first subsidiary abroad, in Paris, after the takeover of the company Blue Star Papers.

In 1897, Agfa is registered as a trading name. The company produces photographic chemicals. In 1901, L. Gevaert & Cie starts producing the famous glossy photographic paper, and another two years later, L. Gevaert & Cie fabricates the first motion picture film.

In 1904, the factory moves from Antwerp to Mortsel. The employees get a share of the company's profits, establishing Gevaert as one of the pioneers of employee participation. The year after, the first Belgian Health Service is founded in the company of Gevaert.


1905 – 1959: The Years of Expansion

Both Agfa and Gevaert rapidly expand. Their capital has grown enormously and they establish branches all over the world. Many new products are introduced to meet the needs of different quickly modernizing industries, such as repro films and plates, X-ray materials and motion picture film with sound.

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Internationalization

In 1909, the capital reaches one million BEF. Gevaert invests in research for the production of plates and roll films. During World War I, a number of German chemical companies, including Agfa and Bayer, establish 'a community of interest'. After the War, Gevaert expands and modernizes. At that moment, it already has branches in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, London, Moscow, Barcelona, Rome, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Copenhagen.

A new name: 'Gevaert Photo Producten N.V.'

The success of Gevaert cannot be stopped. In 1920, the group is renamed 'Gevaert Photo Producten N.V.'. While the starting capital in the early years of Gevaert was still moderate, it has now grown to 15 million Belgian francs (375,000 Euro). New products include the Agfa repro films and plates and the collotype film. In 1929, Gevaert Photoproducten starts producing X-ray materials and motion picture film with sound.

From art to industry

In 1932, Gevaert already has ten different ortho- and panchromatic contone plates for gravure, linework and halftone work. A year later, it develops pigment paper for gravure and Litholine ortho film for halftone and linework.

In 1935, Lieven Gevaert dies.

In 1936, Gevaert Photoproducten starts making blind 'contrast' contone films. At that time, the company also introduces triacetate film, the first safety ground layer that also has the features of the very flammable nitro celluloid ground layer. In 1939, the DTR technology is simultaneously discovered in Agfa's and Gevaert's R&D labs. In 1949, Gevaert starts producing color film on an industrial scale and introduces the Gevacopy papers. Gevacolor motion pictures were very successful. That same year, the company Hoechst/Kalle, which would be acquired by Agfa-Gevaert in 1996, develops the first presensitized offset printing plate.

This period is characterized by the standardization and automation of photomechanical reproduction methods, the breakthrough of photographic typesetting and the rise of scanners, all increasing productivity. There is a switch from the glass plate to the dimensionally stable polyester base. Color and tone correction methods improve.

In the nineteen fifties, Gevaert introduces the Copyrapid offset plates, as well as the Gevacopy aluminum offset plates: metal printing plates that have to be processed in contact with negative paper.


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History old

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On the 28th of May 1868, Lieven Gevaert is born. He will build the Gevaert Company from scratch to a company of world fame.

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