History and Family

1823

The company was founded by the chemist Dr. Johann Gottfried Dingler and his buisness partners authorized by the Bavarian King, Max I. Joseph. They built the first Bavarian plant for the manufacture of sulphuric acid in Augsburg.

1864

In 1835 Bosch & Comp bought the “Königliche Bayerische Privilegierte Schwefelsäure-Fabrik”. 1864 Otto Bärlocher acquired the company from the former owner Bosch & Comp. He named the sulphoric acid company “Chemische Werke Otto Bärlocher”.

1909

On May 25th, 1909 “Chemische Fabrik Otto Bärlocher” from Augsburg and “Chemische Werke München GmbH” in Munich-Moosach merged with the intention to process waste streams from the municipal gas supply company.

1946

The company was taken over by Dr. Christian Rosenthal, with special emphasis on the production of metal soaps.

1975

Dr. Rosenthal signed the contract for the new production site in Lingen, Germany, creating more than 100 new jobs.

1978

Baerlocher moved the production of solid stabilizers from Munich to the new site in Lingen/Ems. The newly built Plant 1 of the Baerlocher group commenced production in Lingen. Estabilizantes Baerlocher is founded in Brazil as the first Joint Venture outside Europe.

1980

Dr. Michael Rosenthal took over the management and led the way for Baerlocher to become the world’s biggest producer of PVC stabilizers and leading manufacturer of polymer additives.

1982

Baerlocher purchases Commer, Lodi/Italy, which becomes Baerlocher Italia a few years later.

1987

Baerlocher acquires La Ceresine, Marseille/France, which becomes Baerlocher France four years later.

1989

Incorporation of Baerlocher USA in Dover/Ohio as Joint Venture.

1990

Baerlocher assumes 50% shares in SO.G.I.S., Cremona/Italy, a producer of fatty acids and metal soaps. Lingen, Germany: Production of metal soaps starts at plant 2. Lingen opens a dedicated production facility for Ca/Zn only.

1993

Cooperation with Ciba Specialty Chemicals AG on production of Additive Blends for Polyofins. Termination of production at the old site in Munich.

1994

Production starts at Baerlocher Malaysia in Seremban, near to Kuala Lumpur.

1995

Baerlocher assumes 50% shares in the following companies in South America: Baerlocher do Brasil (Brazil), Lestar Quimica (Argentina) and Compania Quimica (Peru).

1997

Production starts at Baerlocher UK in Bury, Lancashire. Lingen, Germany: Production of fatty acid and glycerine starts at plant 3. The spelling of the company name is changed from Bärlocher to Baerlocher.

1998

In 1990 all production was transferred from Munich to Lodi and Lingen. In 1998 the headquarters moved from the center of Munich to Unterschleissheim on the outskirts of the city.

2000

Baerlocher takes over production plant in Dewas, India, forming Baerlocher India. Baerlocher takes a leading role for additives in the industry voluntary commitment “Vinyl 2010”.

2002

Baerlocher Production USA LLC in Cincinnati Ohio/USA commences operations.

2004

Dr. Michael Rosenthal, Managing Director and Majority Shareholder, retired from day-to-day operations and became Chairman of the Board.

2010

In 2010 Arne Schulle assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), taking over full responsibility for the Baerlocher Group of Companies.

2012

Baerlocher Plastic Additives (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. commenced production at its new plant located in Changzhou, China. The Baerlocher plant in China is a WOFE (Wholly owned foreign enterprise). The operation is supported by a state-of-the-art application laboratory.

2013

Since 2013, Baerlocher do Brasil has invested nearly US$ 20 million in extending and enhancing the facility. This first phase of expansion resulted in highly innovative production systems and processes, making the plant one of the most advanced anywhere in the world for stearic acids. In 2016 the second phase of expansion was finalized.

2015

In 2015 Baerlocher Kimya is commencing production of one-pack stabilizers at its new Akhisar manufacturing facility in Turkey’s Manisa Province. The plant, which has a capacity of 40,000 metric tons per year, will serve both the domestic and neighbouring markets. It also boasts a state-of-the-art technical applications laboratory.