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Chemetall is a company founded on tradition, value and experience dating back to the 19th century when it was part of Metallgesellschaft (mg) a German-based organization. As the Surface Treatment global business unit, Chemetall has been part of BASF's Coatings division since 2016.


BASF acquires Chemetall of Albemarle Corporation; Chemetall becomes a global business unit of BASF’s Coatings division.


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 becomes the sole owner of its Indian joint venture Chemetall-Rai by acquiring the remaining fifty percent shares of its former Chemetall-Rai partners.


The Fine Chemicals division of Chemetall continues its global business activities under the company name Rockwood Lithium and is legally separated from Chemetall.

Grand opening of North America largest Surface Treatment manufacturing and warehouse facility in Blackman Township, Michigan, USA.

Acquisition of Oakite Argentina and integration into Chemetall’s organization.


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.


Grand opening of new production and office facilities in Jundiaí, Brazil and Gebze, Turkey.


Acquisition of strategic businesses: GE Betz (GE Metals) in North America, Nalco Finishing Technologies in North America and Asia and the NDT product range of the UK-based Ely Chemical Company for product offering portfolio expansion.

Grand opening of new Chemetall site in Moscow, Russia.


Acquisition of the chemical business of Wirral Fospray, United Kingdom.


Grand opening of new state-of the art production and office facility in Querétaro, Mexico.

Grand opening of new US-headquarter and laboratory site in New Providence, New Jersey.


mg technologies divest their specialty 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 reorganized into the two strategic business units Surface Treatment and Fine Chemicals.


Acquisition of the Aviation business from Dinol AB, Sweden and integration into Chemetall's Aerospace Technology.

Divestment of the Plating Technologies and the Bonding Agents Business.


Acquisition of Brent International PLC, UK and integration into Chemetall's organization.

Divestment of the PVC Additives Business.


Acquisition of the Surface Treatment joint venture 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 group.


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

Cross License agreement for Surface Treatment chemicals with Nippon Paint, Japan.


Purchase of a stake in a Surface Treatment company in India (40 %) operating then under Chemetall-Rai India Ltd.

Establishment of the joint venture Shanghai Chemetall Chemicals for the production of Surface Treatment chemicals in China.


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 company, specialized in industrial cleaners, to have a stronger Surface Treatment foodhold in the North American market.


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.


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