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1887 Büsche and Müller was established in Hagen, Germany[1].

1890 With the participation of AEG and Siemens, the company's name was changed to Accumulatoren Fabrik AG, or AFA.

1904 The VARTA subsidiary was set up in Berlin (VARTA = Vertrieb, Aufladung, Reparatur, Transportabler Akkumulatoren) for the distribution of small, portable lead-acid batteries.

1928 Accumulatoren Fabrik AG acquired Edison Accumulators Ltd and its name changed to Britannia Batteries Ltd.

1929 Britannia Batteries Ltd commenced making dry batteries and lead acid batteries on the site of the old BSA factory at Union Street, Redditch.

1930s They also commenced production of alkaline batteries using materials from Alklum Storage Batteries Ltd, of Halifax, Yorkshire.

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  1. History of Varta [1]