AGFA back to partners
Company: NV AGFA GRAPHICS SA
About Agfa Graphics
Agfa Graphics is one of the three business groups of Agfa-Gevaert, seated in Mortsel, Belgium. The Agfa-Gevaert group achieved a turnover of €2.9 billion in 2013 and employs approximately 11,000 people. The Agfa-Gevaert Group develops, produces and distributes an extensive range of analog and digital imaging systems and software solutions, mainly for the printing industry and the healthcare sector, as well as for specific industrial applications.
Agfa Graphics, with a turnover of €1.5 billion in 2013, is a world leader in prepress solutions for the printing and publishing industries. Agfa Graphics provides commercial, newspaper and packaging printers with the most extensive range of workflow automation, project management, computer-to-film, computer-to-plate and proofing solutions. Its mobile publishing solution automatically transforms newspapers and magazines into interactive mobile editions.
Agfa Graphics also supplies the sign & display market with its range of wide-format inkjet printing systems and dedicated inks, as well as workflow automation and web-to-print software. It serves as a partner to integrate industrial print solutions to the manufacturing industry.
Agfa Graphics has sales organizations in over forty countries and representations in more than hundred countries. Dedicated manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, the United States, Canada, Asia and South America.
Agfa Graphics in China
China is the world’s biggest ‘print factory’. Every year a total of 48 billion newspapers, 8 billion books and 3 billion magazines are being printed. Package printing is well-developed in China, along with the move of product manufacturing to the country. A lot of non-time sensitive print has shifted from western markets to China.
With the economic development following from China’s entry into the WTO in 2001, demand for consumer goods increased, and as a result the volume of publications, packaging and commercial printing. Computer-to-plate prepress technology has developed fast, with more high-quality printing plates being consumed.
Agfa Graphics strongly believes in the potential of the Chinese economy and wants to deliver its innovative technologies to the Chinese printing industry. One example is Agfa Graphics’ highly successful range of chemistry-free printing plates.
In 2003 Agfa Graphics opened a state-of-the-art printing plate factory in Wuxi (near Shanghai), representing a capital investment of more than €50 million. This factory is a competence center that serves the growing region in an efficient way. It produces Agfa Graphics' portfolio of printing plates to meet Asia's increasing demands for high-quality printing technology. Thanks to a substantial investment in environmental protection measures, the Wuxi plant complies with the European EHS standards. It holds the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certificates.
In 2010, Agfa Graphics entered into a joint venture with its loyal Chinese partner Shenzhen Brothers to form Agfa Graphics Asia Ltd, entailing the territory mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the ASEAN countries. The joint venture in which Agfa Graphics holds the majority share is a locally embedded organization that draws on the leading infrastructure, technology, and manufacturing strength of Agfa Graphics combined with the strong and highly reputed distribution network and capabilities of Shenzhen Brothers in the region. The synergies between the two leaders serve the ambitious growth plans of both companies in the region.
Agfa Graphics Asia Ltd. has its headquarters located in Shenzhen. In addition, sales and marketing teams are operating from the branches in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, Jinan, Hong Kong and Taipei.
More facts & figures
- Agfa Graphics is in the top 5 of the most famous brands in the Chinese printing industry.
- Asia Pacific is Agfa Graphics’ second largest sales region in turnover in 2013.
- Agfa Graphics supplies solutions to most of China's regional newspapers, such as The YangCheng Evening News, and to some of the national ones like The People's Daily.
- Agfa Graphics has a strategic partnership with Founder Electronics, a spin-off of Beijing University and one of the largest technology companies in China. Founder provides Agfa Graphics’ state-of-the-art equipment and technology to Chinese newspaper printers.
- Agfa is an active member of the Printing Equipment Industries Association of China. We regularly join their annual meetings and technology seminars to introduce the latest technology to the Chinese printing industry.
- Agfa Graphics is the largest graphic film supplier in China.