As a historical side note: there was no `parent company´. Rather Agfa was a chemical company mainly producing dyes, that gave a try on producing a photochemical product (a film developer by Andresen) in 1889. That date given by Ian, 1897, was the introduction as brand name of their abbreviated company name.
Even when Agfa started to build their film manufacturing plant in Wolfen the sales of their photochemical products was about 9%. Even in 1923 it was only 36%. The photochemical branch (department from 1891 on) was not independant.
Agfa as a whole ended their independance when they opted to become a part of IG Farben.
Last edited by AgX; 08-29-2009 at 03:09 AM. Click to view previous post history.