Agfa Monotype Corporation was a major provider of digital content for graphic professionals. The company was a recognized leader in fonts and font technologies and is an innovator in colour and screening technologies. Agfa Monotype was until a buyout in 2006, a wholly owned subsidiary of Agfa Corporation, headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ. Agfa is part of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, one of the world's leading imaging companies, headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. Agfa develops, produces and markets analogue and digital systems, primarily for the graphics, medical and industrial radiography, and consumer imaging and photography markets.
Back in the mid 80's, Agfa was a major provider of fonts sold mainly to high end imagesetter customers. In 1994, Agfa saw the way desktop publishing technology was advancing and noted the need for fresh, new typeface designs. They created the AgfaType Creative Alliance. In 1997, Monotype Typography joined Agfa to develop the Creative Alliance typeface library. Every quarter, Agfa-Monotype released between 50-100 new typefaces as part of the Creative Alliance programme. In version 9.0 of the Creative Alliance catalogue there were over 7,000 fonts from the most important digital foundries. Over 800 of these were exclusive to Agfa.
The AgfaType Collection was one of the largest, most diverse selections of high-quality, PostScript Type 1 fonts available for creative professionals. It consists of the AgfaType Library, the Adobe Library, the Agfa Logos and Symbols Library, and the AgfaType Japanese Collection.
Agfa Monotype was purchased by Monotype Imaging Corporation in 2005 and was launched as a public company in 2007 in the USA. It purchase Linotype GmbH [German Type Foundry in late 2006 and is now the largest supplier of digital type on the planet.