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history of the company

About the company AFS

More than 30 years ago, Gerhard Arlt and Dieter Frei founded AFS Entwicklungs + Vertriebs GmbH. The distribution of accessories for the film industry has now turned into a globally sucessful company with over 100 employees.

We invite you to review the past years with us.

1985 Foundation

Foundation AFS Entwicklungs + Vetriebs GmbH by Dieter Frei and Gerhard Arlt. AFS stands for A rlt- F rei- S ysteme.
Company address: private address of Dieter Frei.

1986 first company premises

Moving to a two room apartment in Augsburg: sales office and development workshop. The first own product is produced there: the high voltage perforation detector, called a bag counter.

1987 First employees

Moving to Biburg, a suburb of western Augsburg. Three rented office spaces and a mechanical workshop in a former triple garage are the new home of the aspiring company. Together with the first employees, the first AFS corona station and the worlds first corona generator with micro processor control are created.

1989 Expansion of production

Move to the first new building in Neusäß, also to the west of Augsburg. This is where the thousandfold proved SD generators and the AVB-100C station built in many hundred of units are created. The downside of success: After only two years, the new building is too small, so it is decided to construct a new building. The number of employees grows to 26 during this time.

1993 new production facilities

AFS Vogelsang

Relocation to the second new building, this time only via the street. On 2200m² about 150 corona and perforation lines are built per year.

2004 New building in Horgau


Relocation of the mechanical production and the construction department to a newly built hall in Horgau, the third new building.

2005-2006 gradual move

Gradually the dispatch department, warehouse, electronic production and development department move to the newly built hall in Horgau.

2008 new headquarters in Horgau


Relocation of the purchasing department and administration to a newly built office building in Horgau and abandonment of the Neusäß site. With more than 60 employees, AFS produces approx. 300 Corona systems annually at the new location.
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