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Company History

Chemetall is a company founded on value and tradition. It dates back to the 19th century when it was then part of the Metallgesellschaft group, before being set up as a separate company in 1982. Headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, Chemetall is nowadays a leading global surface treatment company with subsidiaries and production sites all over the world.


With the acquisition of the business activities of Chemal GmbH & Co KG, Hamm, Germany, Chemetall strengthens its Aluminium Finishing business.

Acquisition of remaining shares of former JV Shanghai Chemetall and JV Nanjing Chemetall.

Albemarle Corporation acquires Rockwood Holdings Inc.; Chemetall becomes a global business unit of Albemarle.


Chemetall strengthens its worldwide market position in the glass industry by acquiring the glass surface protection technologies of SaberPack in Lino Lakes, Minnesota/ USA and integrating the glass division of the Aachener Chemische Werke GmbH (ACW), Germany, a formerly wholly-owned company of Chemetall. Integration of the metal sulfides business of Tribotecc GmbH, Austria, into the Chemetall organization.


With the acquisition of the business activities of André Coatings GmbH, Willstätt, Germany, Chemetall adds functional coating technologies to its portfolio and further strengthens its coil coatings business globally. Chemetall acquires the remaining fifty percent shares of its former Chemetall-Rai partners and becomes the solo owner of Chemetall in India.


Divestment of the Fine Chemicals business unit. The lithium and special metal compounds division continues its global business activities under the company name Rockwood Lithium. Chemetall now concentrates completely on the surface treatment business.


With the acquisition of Artech Technologies Pty Ltd in Australia as well as the surface treatment business of Tergo Ind. Ltd. in New Zealand, Chemetall strengthens its presence in the Australasia and South East Asia region and enlarges its product range for the metal working and surface treatment industry.


This year is marked by many acquisitions: GE Betz (GE Metals) in the USA, Nalco Finishing Technologies in USA und Asia and the NDT product range of the UK-based Ely Chemical Company.


mg technologies divest their chemicals business. As part of the mg chemical group Dynamit Nobel, Chemetall is acquired by Rockwood Specialties, Inc, effective August, 1st.


Divestment of the insulating glass sealants business. The remaining portfolio is reorganised into the two strategic business units Surface Treatment and Fine Chemicals.


Acquisition of the aviation business from Dinol AB and integration into Chemetall's Aerospace Technology Division. Divestment of the Plating Technologies Business. Divestment of the Bonding Agents Business.


Integration of Brent's activities into Chemetall's organization. Divestment of the PVC Additives Business.


Acquisition of Brent International PLC, UK


Complete takeover of the joint venture for surface technology founded one year earlier in Australia under the name of Chemetall (Australasia) Pty. Ltd. Acquisition of the US lithium specialist Cyprus Foote, the largest investment ever made by Chemetall.


Purchase of the majority in Weiland GmbH, which is active in the field of galvanizing technologies.


Chemetall takes over the Asian business for industrial chemicals from the British company Brent International PLC. Chemetall (Asia) Pte. Ltd. in Singapore takes over the marketing of surface chemicals with a network covering all of South East Asia.


Purchase of a stake in a company in India (40 %) operating under Chemetall-Rai India Ltd. In the same year, establishment of the joint venture Shanghai Chemetall Chemicals for the production of Bonders in China.


Chemetall becomes single owner of Chemson, whose core business concentrates on PVC additives.


Chemetall is integrated into Dynamit Nobel, which becomes part of Metallgesellschaft (later renamed into mg technologies) in the same year.


Acquisition of the US-based Oakite, specialized in industrial cleaners, to complement the Surface Technology Division.


Expansion of the PVC stabilizer business: Chemetall acquires the majority of Bleiberger Bergwerks Union, a producer of PVC-stabilizers, including the site at Arnoldstein/Austria


Chemson is founded as a joint venture between Cookson and Chemetall. The core business is PVC additives.


Metallgesellschaft grants the “Technische Verfahren (TV)” division (= technical processing division) legal independence. Starting October 1st of that year, it becomes CHEMETALL, Gesellschaft für chemisch-technische Verfahren mbH.


The Glass and Ceramics Division evolves from construction sealants, with its core business of sealants for insulating glass (Naftotherm**).


The acquisition of Société Continentale Parker in Paris marks the formation of the Surface Technology Division. This is the forerunner of expansion abroad.


Within Metallgesellschaft, “Technische Verfahren (TV)” division is upgraded to a profit centre with its own responsibility for operating results.


“Technische Verfahren (TV)” division uses a licensed process to produce sealants for the construction sector.


“Technische Abteilung (TA)” (technical department) is reincorporated into Metallgesellschaft and renamed to “Technische Verfahren (TV)”.


“Technische Abteilung (TA)” establishes a separate lithium division with regard to the increasing applications for lithium compounds. Start of PVC stabilizers production in the Langelsheim production plant.


First Bonder plant starts its operation in Langelsheim.


Ties forged with Deutsche Parker Rostschutz GmbH now result in “Technische Abteilung (TA)” introducing a new and fast process for temporary corrosion protection named Bonder*.


Metallgesellschaft founds Kautschuk-Gesellschaft thus laying the foundations for the activities of the future Chemetall in the area of chemicals for rubber, bonding and plastics.

1922/ 1923

Improvement of Bahnmetall by adding lithium. To meet the large demand, Metallurgische Gesellschaft establishes the Hans-Heinrich metallurgical plant in the Harz region, which later became the Langelsheim plant of Chemetall. This is the first time ever that lithium salts are produced on an industrial scale.


Development of Bahnmetall, also called Lurgi metal, used as a material for the bearings in trains.


Founding of Metallurgische Gesellschaft (later Lurgi) as a subsidiary of Metallgesellschaft with Curt Netto on the Executive Board. The “Technische Abteilung (TA)” is incorporated into this new subsidiary.


Frankfurt-based Metallgesellschaft founds the “Technische Abteilung (TA)”, the nucleus of Chemetall, whose first director is Curt Netto. One of his main objectives is to be aware of the latest technical and industrial developments and to adjust Metallgesellschaft’s corporate planning accordingly.

*Today, Bonder is a registered trademark of Henkel KGaA, Düsseldorf / Germany. The respective trademark by Chemetall is Gardobond. **Naftotherm is now a trademark of Koemmerling Chemische Fabrik, Primasens / Germany.


Susan Gauder
Head of Human Resources