AFP – 50 years
Today 50 years ago …
As one of the largest players in the market, van Gelder sees the emergence of a new material in the 1960s that could be interesting for their industry. In 1968, Gelder Papier therefore decided to produce plastic products in addition to paper and cardboard. At their location on the Laan van Westenenk in Apeldoorn, various production facilities are converted to produce plastic products. The current AFP is one of these companies. Today AFP is still located at this location together with other plastic processing organizations, such as Owens Corning.
In 1969 Crown – Van Gelder Plastic Film Industries BV (joint venture of Van Gelder Papier and Crown Zellerbach) started using the first two casting lines for the casting of coextrusion films and the coating of polyethylene paper. In this capacity the organization exists until 1980, after which it becomes 100% subsidiary of Van Gelder Papier and gets the name Van Gelder PFI.
This construction is of short duration. In 1982 the part of the organization that we now know as AFP is sold to the American Multinational Borden. By merging their activities in the Netherlands, the production capacity in Apeldoorn will be expanded considerably. In 1996 Borden sells its worldwide packaging activities, including AFP to AEP Industries.
Under this owner, AFP has taken the next step in its development. In addition to pour extrusion, AFP has also started producing blow film and besides it starts laminating film. AFP is becoming an increasingly versatile player in the market.
In 2009, when AFP is known under the current name, AFP is the first European company to use a multilayer casting line. This line is the beginning of the development of what we now know as Katan-Ex. AFP now has several multilayer lines on which high performance multilayer films are produced. With this, AFP offers its customers the right film in the load security, with unique features, for each specific situation.
AFP has developed for many years into the leading innovative player it currently is. The company was owned by Bencis Capital Partners in the period between 2014 and summer 2017.
Since 2017, AFP is owned by Jindal Poly Films, an Indian family concern. Together with them and with our approximately 220 employees, we continually challenge ourselves to continue to develop and perform optimally. Every day again.