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Introduction
The machines and products of Azkoyen Group have been a symbol of confidence and technological innovation since 1945. They have brought innovative solution to the market, improving technological and maintenance performance and making management easier and more flexible. We provide added value to our customers

We have grouped our more than 60 years of existence into decades. In each of them we highlight the most important dates together with the major milestones and products.
Foto Luis Troyas
FOUNDER
Luis Troyas Osés
1945
Talleres Azkoyen
"Talleres Azkoyen" started manufacturing machines for the agricultural sector (asparagus and potato peelers).

It also produced an automatic cradle to rock children to sleep.
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1950
The fruit of a vision
The enterprising approach of the founder of Azkoyen made a direct link between products-services-consumers.

It was an intelligent vision of the future that led to the first automatic vending machines: cigarette lighters fuel refills and sweets.
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1956
The fruit of a vision
A small machine on the wall, called "SURME", dispensed fuel for cigarette lighters. It worked with 10 / 50 centime and 1 peseta coins.
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1959
The fruit of a vision
Azkoyen began the manufacture of coin selectors. Its first model was the "A", wich was assembled on automatic sweet vending machines. It selected 1 or 5 peseta coins
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1960
The birth of automatic vending
In the 1960s the range of automatic vending machines was extended. Sales started of matches, packets of cigarettes, biscuits, and chocolate bars, boxes of sweets, and also coin change machines.
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1962
The birth of automatic vending
Manufacture of the "FOSVEN" machine for the sale of matches. It was created as a complement to the cigarette vending machines. It accepted one or two 1 or 5 peseta coins and did not give change. It included a display window for the matches.
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1965
The birth of automatic vending
The first cigarette vending machine was launched on the Spanish market, manufactured by Azkoyen: the "POLIMATIC". It had mechanical selectors and was wall-mounted. The most successful model was the "NOVOMATIC", easily identified by its peculiar handles for extracting the products.
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1966
The birth of automatic vending
The "BABY" machine was launched, aimed at the children's' sweets market. A glass "window" displayed the bubble gum balls it contained. It worked by putting a peseta coin in, then pulling the horizontal lever and the bubble gum came out.
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1967
The birth of automatic vending
The wall-mounted mechanical "NORIMAT" machine sold biscuits, chocolate bars, sweets, etc., either packed in bags or non-rigid packaging. The products could be seen from the outside.
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1968
The birth of automatic vending
Azkoyen built its first mechanical change machine. Initially it changed a 5-peseta coin for five of 1 peseta and a 25-peseta coin for five of five. it stayed on the market until 1983 when it was replaced by an electronic model.
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1969
The birth of automatic vending
The "GOLVEN" model was manufactured, with six (and up to nine) channels for sale of sweets in boxes.
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1970
The formation of a Group
Azkoyen changed its status from a family company to a Limited Company. A group of investors from Navarre became shareholders and the management of the company was made more professional.

Coffee, tea, chocolate bars, snacks, etc. were sold in vending machines made by Azkoyen. Azkoyen technicians developed "The brain" of the machine.
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1971
The formation of a Group
Presentation on the market of the "LIMPIAMAT" shoe-cleaning machine. It had a polish doser and rollers to shine the shoes, and allowed the user to clean his/her own shoes without taking them off.
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1974
The formation of a Group
The first electronic machines -("KARMELE" and "ANNE")- were launched for the sale of cigarette packets. They included pushbuttons so that the user/purchaser/customer could give the order to extract. The BILLETMAT model was installed in the Autobuses de Barcelona company. It issued bus tickets and provided access control to the vehicle. It worked with coins.
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1976
The formation of a Group
A particularly important date for Azkoyen and the growth of the present Group. Azkoyen changed its status from family company to Limited Company. The founder, Luis Troyas, maintained 30% of the shares but 70% were acquired by a group of investors from Navarre, which made the company's management more professional. The process was culminated with the company being quoted on the Stock Exchange in 1988.

Azkoyen, SA's main role was the provision of all kinds of financial, administrative and management services to its subsidiary companies.

Azkoyen developed its first rotating coin pay-out system, model "A" which, as a component in the machine "Tikemat", was used in the Barcelona Underground system.

At the same time Azkoyen developed the "METROMAT" wich was installed in the Underground network for the Metropolitan Railways of Barcelona.
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1977
The formation of a Group
Using similar technologies similar to those of the "Norimat" model, the "SNACK" was marketed, a free-standing machine for the sale of any kind of food product in boxes.

Manufacture of the first hot drinks vending machine, the "CAFEMAT" model. It worked with instant soluble products and supplied coffee, coffee with milk, chocolate bars, stock, tea, tea with milk and milk.
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1978
The formation of a Group
The presentation on the Spanish market of the first electronic machine by Azkoyen, for the sale of snacks. It provided twenty different product selections and sold them at nine different prices.
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1979
The formation of a Group
On the basis of the penetration of wall-mounted machines in the market, Azkoyen presented the new "NOVAMATIC" model that sold cigarette packets at 135 pesetas.

The "AUTOCAF" replaced the "CAFEMAT" range on the Spanish market.
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1980
The great leap forward
A decade of great activity and outstanding events began, the highlight being the listing of Azkoyen on the Spanish Stock Exchange.

The Group made a decided option for the research and development of new products and gained a strong competitive advantage in its product lines and in the organisation of industrial processes.
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1981
The great leap forward
Azkoyen manufactured its first cold drinks vending machine. That same year the manufacture of mechanical machines ended in Azkoyen.

The "MINICAF" (190 coffees) and "MAXICAF" (500 services) models complemented the "Autocaf" range by incorporating technical improvements.

The "BOTELMAT" model for the sale of cold drinks in cans and bottles was developed.
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1982
The great leap forward
Presentation of the "ELECTRONOVA" electronic wall-mounted machine.

The first commercial delegations of the Group were set up in Spain. This was the first step in a new system of distribution and the creation of the company's own sales network.
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1983
The great leap forward
First cooperation agreement with the Technological Research Centre Ikerlan, to develop a new electronic control system for a range of cigarette vending machines, based on a microprocessor.

Telefónica Española homologated Azkoyen mechanical selectors for its public telephones and we became the leader in the Spanish market, which had been dominated until then by British and German manufacturers.
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1984
The great leap forward
A key year in the history of Azkoyen. In collaboration with Ikerlan, its engineering teams developed an R&D project that would be financed by the Government of Navarre. The Group incorporated electronic technology, a milestone in the industrial and economic history of Spain. The Azkoyen Group presented the "T" range of cigarette machines. It also marketed the gaming machines "SILVER-TWO", with "displays", and "SILVER-THREE", with rollers.
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1985
The great leap forward
New collaboration agreement with Ikerlan for electronic coin selector applications. All the projects developed by Azkoyen Group have been able to call on assistance and cooperation from the Gobierno de Navarra, CAYCIT and CDTI.

electronic selector was patented. It was later installed in all the automatic vending machines made by Azkoyen. It can "read and check" a coin in thousandths of a second. It was then marketed in the telephone and slot machine sectors.

The consumption of pistachio nuts in thousands of hotel and catering establishments encouraged the Azkoyen Group to manufacture a vending machine for nuts and dried fruit.
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1987
The great leap forward
Constitution of Azkoyen Industrial, S.A. (manufacturer) and Azkoyen Comercial, S.A., a marketing company. They are subsidaries 100% owned by the parent company.

The sale of electronic coin selectors began. The new series would later be applied to gaming machines and public telephones.

In November Sociedad Azkoyen Comercial International was set up under the name of Navinver, S.A. It later changed its name to Azkoyen Comercial Internacional S.A.
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1988
The great leap forward
On 18 July Azkoyen shares (a total of 1,707,000 nominal shares of 1,000 pesetas each) were listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange.

The Azkoyen Group. was born. The first company to sell Azkoyen products abroad (in Portugal) was set up and Azkoyen Hostelería, S.A. was created for the manufacture of products and refrigerator trays for the hotel and catering sector.

The marketing of the "D" machine for cigarette sales begins. Azkoyen Industry, S.A. obtained ISO 9001 quality certification for alls its automatic vending machines.
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1990
Expansion in overseas markets
Creation of the trading subsidiary Azkoyen U.K. Ltd.

The "NORIA", vending machine for cans, bottles, mini briks and snacks was marketed.

In the second half of the 1990s the Azkoyen Group began the industrial production and sale of coffee in the hotel and catering sector.
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1991
Expansion in overseas markets
Constitution of the subsidiaries Azkoyen Traders Deutschland GmbH and Azkoyen France, S.A.R.L. for the marketing of Azkoyen products in Germany and France

Birth of the "Multiventa" range, with a modular design for professionals of the vending sector
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1993
Expansion in overseas markets
Launch on the domestic and international market of the "P" (Panoramic) model for the automatic sales of cigarette packets.
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1996
Expansion in overseas markets
Collaboration agreement with the two research centres of the Universidad de Navarra: CEIT, ,of San Sebastian and CIFA , of Pamplona. Among the Research and Development agreements the one for better knowledge of coffee stands out. It enabled the creation of the "Aulas Azkoyen" for research in Ikerlan, University of Navarre (CIFA and CEIT) and Universidad Pública de Navarra

The Azkoyen Group began the industrial production and sale of coffee in the hotel and catering sector
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1997
Expansion in overseas markets
The Azkoyen Group strengthened its presence in the Iberian peninsula with the marketing of top-quality coffee, purchased green at source and toasted in four establishments in Madrid and Pamplona. During that financial year the Group sold more than a million kilos of coffee in Spain, exclusively to the hotel and catering sector.
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1998
Expansion in overseas markets
The Azkoyen Group is highlighted by the North American magazine Forbes Global as one of the 300 best SMEs in the world. In this list 133 European companies appear, but only 6 from Spain. Forbes Global included Azkoyen among the too 100 companies with low or medium-range stock market capitalisation.

On 6 July the subsidiary Azkoyen Medios of Pago, S.A. was set up, through a division of Azkoyen Industrial, S.A.

Azkoyen presented the new "N" on the market for the automatic sale of cigarettes.
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1999
Expansion in overseas markets
The Azkoyen Group continued to develop new products, even more adapted to the needs of its customers. After adapting its industrial facilities and commercial structure to ensure the level of quality, cost and services required by the market, the Group based the expansion of all its areas on innovation.

The "euro effect" began with the adaptation of of all Azkoyen products to the new European currency.
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2000
A global market, local values
The main feature of this decade was the new European currency and its economic, industrial (and also social) consequences. In the face of the challenge posed by the euro, the Azkoyen Group has once again shown its flexibility and technological capability to respond.

In February the coffee roasting facility that Azkoyen Traders, S.A. built in Tajonar (near Pamplona Airport) was formally inaugurated. The investment was over 3.7 million euros.
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2001
A global market, local values
Reorganisation of the nine industrial and commercial companies of the Azkoyen Group into only three. These are structured as business units with autonomy over their assets, finances and management. The three business units are:

Marketing of specialised machinery and consumer products for the hotel and catering and food sectors in Spain and Portugal.
Manufacture and marketing of vending machines and equipment for the hotel and catering sector.
Technological development of selection, coin return and accounting mechanisms and systems.
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2002
A global market, local values
The Azkoyen Group markets asparagus and red 'piquillo' peppers under the "Costa Fría" brand for the hotel and catering and food sectors in Spain and Portugal. The Azkoyen Group is one of the 50 organisms, companies, technology centres and universities that appear in the publication "Imágenes actuales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología españolas", published by the Ministry of Science and Technology. It covers a number of important cases of innovation in Spain, among them the electronic sector of Azkoyen, for its repercussion on the technological development of mechanisms and the selection, return and accounting systems.
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2003
A global market, local values
The main strategic lines of the new Strategic Plan 2003-2006 are:

Consolidation and reinforcement of Azkoyen's position in the markets in which it currently operates.
Diversification in markets/products and markets/regions.
Corporative and organisational redesign.
The results obtained during the first half year of 2003, and the continuing implementation of the Strategic Plan will enable a progressive recovery of company's profit margins over the coming years.
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2005
A global market, local values
Incorporation of Coges S.p.a. in the AZKOYEN Group.
With headquarters in Schio (Italy), Coges S.p.a. especialise in the design, manufacture and marketing of mechanisms and payment systems.
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2008
A global market, local values
Coffetek Ltd. is incorporated into the AZKOYEN Group in March.
Based in Portishead, UK, Coffetek Ltd. specialises in the design, manufacture and sale of vending machines and hot-beverage dispensers.

Primion Technology joins the AZKOYEN Group in September.
With headquarters in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Primion Technology is specialises in the manufacturing, marketing and implementation of innovative software and hardware systems for access control, presence detection and integrated security systems.
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2009
A global market, local values
Incorporation of Impulsa Soluciones Tecnológicas into the Azkoyen Group in March.
Azkoyen is consolidating its European leadership in payment systems for the automatic vending market by integrating with Spain's leading company in new technologies for this sector.

Primion Technology
The Azkoyen Group is currently the largest shareholder of Primion Technology, a company which is now quoted on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, holding 86% of the shares.
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2010
Focus on Innovation
Research and Development Project of the Azkoyen Group for the 21st Century

Intensify cooperation with research centres, Universities and other companies. Absorb knowledge from our scientific and technological environment. Manage the knowledge, skills and professionalism of all our employees, all our suppliers and collaborators so that they can share in the Azkoyen project.
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2011
Focus on Innovation
Research and Development Project of the Azkoyen Group for the 21st Century

Intensify cooperation with research centres, Universities and other companies. Absorb knowledge from our scientific and technological environment. Manage the knowledge, skills and professionalism of all our employees, all our suppliers and collaborators so that they can share in the Azkoyen project.
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2012
Focus on Innovation
The focus on R&D is one of the main issues in the Azkoyen Group Strategic Plan, in order to provide the best customer service.
Novara Coffee machines present a new technological and cool appearance: digital signage providing products descriptions, advertisements and many communication possibilities with the client.
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2013
Focus on Innovation
Coffee machines from Coffetek Ltd awarded in Russia for the Best expresso coffee, and by the Vending industry in UK.
On the other hand, Zen, Zensia and the Vitro family were launched with a cutting edge design based on crystal and neutral tones furniture. They also offer a complete range of high quality beverages.
Vending operators can control payment actions and purchase details using our Coges Engine telemetry system
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2014
Focus on Innovation
Coffee machines from Coffetek Ltd awarded in United Kingdom, one in the Innovation category.
Azkoyen Andina opens a manufacturing plant in Pereira –Colombia- in November to supply the American market, becoming the first manufacturer in South America.
After the launching of the Button Barista App, Azkoyen vending machine users can make drinks from freshly ground espresso coffee beans, tea, chocolate, etc. ordering them directly from their mobile phones.
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2015
Focus on Innovation
Cashlogy POS 1000, the automatic payment system which replaces the cash management at the point of sale for traditional businesses and small commerce, has the latest technology of coins and notes recycling systems (28 coins per second and different currency). This speed has never been seen before at the point of sale.
Azkoyen was awarded the Best Practice Award in Innovation in April and the Red Dot Design Award for its Button Gourmet in June. This is the first gourmet self-service food concept with important turnover.
Pay4Vend, the new app which allows paying with your mobile phone in vending machines.
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