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Chemetall is a leading specialty chemical company whose quality, innovation, and service exceeds the expectations of our customers.

We demonstrate uncompromising ethics and appreciation for our employees, respect for the environment and concern for our community while providing a fair return to our owners.

Innovation focused on our customers' needs will ensure a vigorous and productive future. Our leadership and technologies will make it happen!


2016 BASF Corporation acquires Chemetall.
2015 Albemarle Corporation, a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, acquires Rockwood Holdings, the parent company of Chemetall.
2013 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.
2012 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.
2010 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
1989 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
1986 Chemson is founded as a joint venture between Cookson and Chemetall. The core business is PVC additives.
1982 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.
1972 The Glass and Ceramics Division evolves from construction sealants, with its core business of sealants for insulating glass (Naftotherm**).
1965 The acquisition of Société Continentale Parker in Paris marks the formation of the Surface Technology Division. This is the forerunner of expansion abroad.
1962 Within Metallgesellschaft, “Technische Verfahren (TV)” division is upgraded to a profit centre with its own responsibility for operating results.
1960 “Technische Verfahren (TV)” division uses a licensed process to produce sealants for the construction sector.
1955 "Technische Abteilung (TA)" (technical department) is reincorporated into Metallgesellschaft and renamed to "Technische Verfahren (TV)."
1953 "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.
1935 First Bonder plant starts its operation in Langelsheim.
1930 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*.
1926 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.
1914 Development of Bahnmetall, also called Lurgi metal, used as a material for the bearings in trains.
1897 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.
1889 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.

Chemetall is the world leader in surface treatment. Today, Chemetall offers 1500 specialized products and systems for more than 30 industries, including metal fabrication, aerospace, agricultural, appliance, microelectronics, architectural, automotive, coil, and other surface treatment-related markets. Furthermore, products and services are offered to non-metal industries such as food, pharmaceutical, plastics recycling, pulp and paper, latex, and transportation industries.

Chemetall supports you from product specification through disposal. And the commitment to its family of customers is unsurpassed in the industry. Supported by a staff of highly-trained, technically-oriented field personnel, Chemetall's customers know they’re receiving the highest level of customer service available.

Chemetall, with headquarters based in New Providence, NJ, has been developing, manufacturing, and supplying state-of-the-art specialty chemical products since 1909. The ISO 9001 and TS16949 certified company offers a wide spectrum of integrated products, chemical management systems, process equipment, and service programs to facilitate the achievement of many industries' processing needs.

Chemetall is a member of the Chemetall GmbH Group, a renowned international corporation headquartered in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Chemetall is a world-class specialty chemical company, with representation throughout the world.


Chemetall Will Be a Leading Specialty Chemical Company Whose Quality, Innovation, and Service Exceeds the Expectation of Our Customers.

We Will Demonstrate Uncompromising Ethics, an Appreciation for Our Employees, Respect for the Environment and Concern for Our Community While Providing a Fair Return to Our Owners.


It is Chemetall's Mission to CREATE:

Value for our customers,
Prosperity and Opportunity for our employees,
Fair Profit for our owners,
Societal Enrichment for the community in which we live and work.
Innovation focused on our customers’ needs will ensure a vigorous and productive future.
Our leadership and technologies will make it happen!

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