AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - Afa Dispensing Group (Afa), a leader in technologically advanced liquid dispensing systems, is celebrating 40 years of packaging innovation.

The first to introduce trigger sprayers in Europe back in 1972, Afa has marked the 40th anniversary of its trigger sprayers business with the opening of a brand new Innovation Center in Helmond, the Netherlands. The center is adjacent to and integrated with Afa's local production site, enabling the visitor to experience the entire process of product development from research to final production.

Named after the inventor of the trigger sprayer, Alfred Frederic Alders, Afa has been behind many of the features now regarded as industry standards in the dispensing market. These include: venting in trigger sprayers, the rotating nozzle, the first all-plastic sprayer, the first single-material trigger sprayer, and a propellant-free spray package that bridges the gap between triggers and aerosols.