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Agfa, makers of photographic paper, film and cameras, of Berlin, Germany

1867 a colour dye factory was established at the Rummelsburger See near Berlin.

1873 registered as the Aktien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrikation, AGFA.

1916 Agfa began developing materials for colour photography. One of the pioneers was Dr. Rudolf Fischer of Berlin. Agfa was the only company that continued to work on colour photography throughout the 1920s.

1936 Agfa introduced Agfacolor-Neu - a single film, single exposure and single developing process suitable for general colour photography. The film was covered by 278 patents.

1938 Agfa introduced colour paper and a 16mm amateur colour cine film.

1959 Agfa introduced the first fully automatic 35mm camera. In the next three years, Agfa sold a million of the Agfa Optima

Agfa AG became a full subsidiary of Bayer

1964 merger of Gevaert and Agfa, forming two new operating companies: Gevaert-Agfa N.V. in Mortsel (Belgium) and Agfa-Gevaert AG in Leverkusen (Germany).

1971 Agfa-Gevaert developed the first European xerographic copier.

1980-81 Significant rise in the price of silver put Agfa-Gevaert in a difficult financial position. Bayer provided additional funds and obtained 100% ownership of the Agfa-Gevaert Group.


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  • Agfa Website [1]