A very interesting post and subsequent thread. My favourite paper of all time was AGFA Record Rapid, which I trusted more than any other to make the results I wanted. That trust led, these days, to me being quite relaxed about buying old AGFA folding cameras for 120 film. Their quality far exceeds the cheap prices they currently command...
In 2004 Agfa-Gevaert sold their consumer branch including the plants related to that market (all in Germany) to a start-up that mysteriously went bancrupt within short time.
I believe this spin off was called Agfaphoto and left a big stockpile of frozen master rolls and coated 35mm film that has been sold cheaply for years.On the plus side, it was cheap film and on the minus side it may have affected competitors sales.Their APX 100 was originally recognisible by the red dot on the box but this seems to be used by its successor film not made by Agfaphoto.
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I've mentioned this before, but is appropriate in this thread. My uncle was mustered out of the US Army in '46 or '47--I forgot which. Then he did his college bit and graduated. Subsequently met a nice girl (my Mother's sister), got married and they had children. The typical American dream at the time. Then he got a job as a sales rep for Agfa Ansco, selling the German-made cameras. He admired them, so he got a job selling them. Ironic that he went from killing Germans just a few years earlier, to making friends with them and selling their products. I still have the Ansco Memar he sold my Grandfather way back then.
Can you perhaps share more info on which smaller companies were bought by Agfa? Perutz, Mimosa, Hauff,..?
I wanted to keep things simple.
The take-overs were complex. Some took place indirectly. Also secrecy was an issue.
Furthermore one has to differ between taken over plants which were closed, or went on with their production with the respective grades between.