Our History

Brenntag North America is part of the Brenntag Group , which entered the chemical distribution business in 1912. Brenntag has successfully expanded to become the world market leader in full-line chemical and ingredient distribution.

Established Business in the United States & Canada

Our U.S. business was established in the 1970’s and the Canadian business in 2000, expanding our business by acquiring strategically placed distributors across North America.

From the first expansion beyond Germany in 1966, through the entry into the U.S. market in the early 1970's, to their accelerated growth worldwide throughout the past two decades, much of the growth has been enabled by selective acquisitions in key growth areas around the world.

It All Started With an Egg

The Story of Brenntag a Chemical & Ingredient Distribution Company

  • 2014

    UltraPure® Brand Announced

    Brenntag North America announces their own brand called UltraPureDEF® to the market

    News
  • 2012

    100 Years in Chemical Distribution

    Brenntag looks back on a successful history in the chemical distribution industry for 100 years.

    The free float of the Brenntag shares increases to 100% through the selling of the remaining shares of Brachem Acquisitions S.C.A.

    Continued growth through the targeted acquisition of TER Corporation and ALTIVIA Corporation in North America.

    News
  • 2011

    G.S. Robins & Company

    Brenntag increases its presence in North America in several of Brenntag’s focus industries including the Food & Beverage and Water Treatment industries by acquiring G.S. Robins & Company.

    Acquisition
  • 2008

    U.S. DEF Business Established

    Brenntag North America joined the market when they announced the availability of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) for Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) vehicles hroughout their network of over 140 US and Canadian stocking locations

    News
  • 2007

    Multiple Acquisitions

    Continued growth through targeted acquisitions, including St. Lawrence Chemical in Canada and Ulrich Chemical and Schoofs in the U.S.

    Acquisition
  • 2006

    LA Chemical

    Continued expansion with focus on achieving leading market positions including acquisitions of LA Chemical (U.S. operations in California, Arizona and Utah).

    Acquisition
  • 2005

    Quadra

    Opening of a facility in Poznan, Poland and integrated distribution center in Lancaster, Texas. Integration of Herkommer & Bangerter business and acquisition of U.S. business of Quadra.

    Acquisition
  • 2000

    HCI

    Acquisition of Holland Chemical International, then the fifth-largest chemical distributor worldwide, with large market shares in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the U.S., and the leading market position in Latin America, where Brenntag previously had not been represented.

    Acquisition
  • Brenntag Canada Established

    In 2000, Brenntag acquired HCI and became the world market leader in chemical distribution over night. This purchase resulted in one more name change for the resilient Canadian operation originally known as Standard Chemicals and Brenntag Canada Inc. came into being.

    News
  • 1998

    Chlorine Packaging Facility

    More recently in 1998, HCI Canada purchased a chlorine packaging facility located in Cornwall, Ontario from Pioneer Chemicals.

    Acquisition
  • 1996

    Travis Chemicals

    In 1996, HCI Canada began a series of acquisitions. The company acquired a color concentrates production facility to complement the resin and plastics distribution business. The following year, HCI Canada purchased Travis Chemicals an oil & gas supply business based in Alberta, which significantly increased its share of this important market.

    Acquisition
  • 1990

    HCI Acquired Stanchem

    Impressed by Stanchem’s successful position in the market, HCI acquired the company in 1990. At this time, the HCI Group was the fifth largest chemical distributor in the world with impressive market share in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and North America and holding the number one position in Latin America.

    Acquisition
  • 1988

    CIL became ICI Canada

    In 1988, CIL became ICI Canada, who began to divest non-core Canadian businesses, including Stanchem.

    The timing could not have been better. In another part of the world, Holland Chemical International (HCI), was looking for an opportunity to extend and strengthen its presence in North America beyond its original South American roots.

    Acquisition
  • 1985

    CIL Acquired Stanchem

    The Canadian chemical industry began to change rapidly in the 1980’s. In 1985, CIL acquired Stanchem and merged it with its General Chemicals distribution business.

    Acquisition
  • 1980

    U.S. Expansion

    U.S. expansion includes acquisitions of distributors Western Chemical (1980), Textile Chemical (1981), Delta (1986), Crown (1989) and PB&S Chemical (1989).

    Acquisition
  • 1970

    U.S. Business Established

    U.S business established; continued acquisitions in European and North American chemicals distribution business

    News