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creation of the company La Société Financière et Industrielle de Chemins de Fer by the director of Chemins de Fer Paris-Orléans to ensure the production and supply of railway couplers on the American market.


La Société Financière et Industrielle de Chemins de Fer changed name and became Les Appareils Ferroviaires (LAF).

Between 1930 and 1967:

LAF sales developed rapidly in France and the French colonies.


LAF buys its Belgium competitor, Ets Henricot.


LAF joins CIM thus completing the product range of the group in the provision of high-quality railway components for the rail industry.


LAF buys its English competitor Lloyd ABC Couplers, making the company the leading European manufacturer in choc and traction automatic couplers.


LAF is known for its expertise and know-how around the world in the design and manufacture of high-quality, tailor-made railway components such as East-West "Unilink" couplers and the "Modhalor" drawbar.

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