Our history

Innovative since 1929

Nedap was founded in 1929, originally abbreviated as Nafa. We changed to our current name, Nedap, in 1933 (port-manteau for Nederlandsche Apparatenfabriek). For more than 90 years already, we have served people with technology, contributing to their professional lives.

A brief impression of our history.

1929
N.V. Nederlandsche Apparatenfabriek “Nedap” is established

In 1929 Nedap is established. Located in the former medical Dutch Cocaine Factory in Amsterdam. Nedap manufactures a wide variety of products at the request of various parties.

N.V. Nederlandsche Apparatenfabriek “Nedap” is established
1940
Developing, producing and marketing Nedap branded products

From the forties, Nedap starts developing, producing and selling its own devices for various applications under the Nedap brand.

Developing, producing and marketing Nedap branded products
1947
Opening of a brand new factory in Groenlo

This proves to be a great success. In 1947 Nedap moves to Groenlo – also in the Netherlands – and opens a brand new factory.

Opening of a brand new factory in Groenlo
1947
Euronext

At the same time Nedap gets exchange-listed on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam.

Euronext
1950
Specialization in electronics

The next decades, Nedap quickly becomes one of the global specialists in the development of electronics. A shift is made from electromechanics to electronics.

Specialization in electronics
1973
Pioneering in RFID technology

Nedap starts developing RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) technology as one of the global pioneers in the early 70’s.

Pioneering in RFID technology
1973
Our first electronics department

Nedap founded its first Electronics Departments to stay on top of technological advancements that were made during the time.

Our first electronics department
1993
The start of business units

No more management layers, but more freedom of decision and responsibility for its employees.

The start of business units
2000
From hardware to software

Nedap made the switch from a hardware- to a software-oriented technology company. There was even a special art object made with this theme and even the annual report had a fluffy cover.

From hardware to software
2003
The first application of High Frequency RFID technology

Library Solutions becomes Nedap’s first business unit that uses innovative HF RFID technology in practical applications.

The first application of High Frequency RFID technology
2010
Power of the people

The ‘Stichting Medewerkerparticipatie Nedap’ foundation is established. From now on Nedappers can own a piece of the company.

Power of the people
2019
90 year anniversary

Nedap is one of the 10 oldest listed companies in the Netherlands.

90 year anniversary