History

AFP has a history going back to 1968, set out in the following summary:

1968

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Van Gelder Papier expands, from producing paper and cardboard, into producing plastics. Together with Crown Zellerbach Inc. (USA) they form the joint venture Crown Van Gelder PFI (PFI = Plastic Film Industry).

1969

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The first casting lines are in use. The concern starts producing cast co-extruded films and paper coated with polyethylene.

1972

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Investment in two flexographic printing lines.

1980

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Van Gelder becomes sole owner of the concern and the name is changed to Van Gelder PFI.

1982

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Borden Inc. (USA) acquires the shares and the company’s name is changed to Borden PFI. There is a large increase in production capacity.

1996

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Borden sells their worldwide packaging companies to AEP Industries Inc. The Dutch branch of the company becomes AEP Industries Nederland.

1999

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AEP Industries Nederland expands to include blown film and lamination film in addition to the cast film.

2003

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The first European pilot line is installed in the development centre.

2008

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The company becomes Apeldoorn Flexible Packaging B.V. (AFP) after AEP Industries sell their interest in AEP Nederland to another investor within the industry.

2009

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AFP implements production with a multilayer casting process, being the first European company to use this technology.

2013

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The second multilayer system is put into production.

2014

2016

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Bencis Capital Partners acquires the shares in AFP.

The third multilayer system is put into production.