Why is not it possible to write "company files" as "company's files"?

I am not quite sure whether it is correct to say "company's files".

  • "Company files" already implies that the company is the owner. If the situation is unambiguous, the possessive is unneeded. An exception might be a confusing situation where you need to distinguish between files you own that are about companies and files owned by companies. In that case, you would need the possessive for clarity. – fixer1234 Feb 21 '17 at 9:28

I think in this case company is being used to modify files like an adjective instead of a possessive. For example: Office printer (not office's printer) or the village church (not village's church)

Examples: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/adjectives/noun-modifiers

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