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INTERESTING FACTS

Foundation: 1950
Headquarters:Heidelberg, Germany
Company management: Martin Kluthe, Managing Partner
Production sites: 14 
Licensees, partners & sales offices:30
Turnover: €220 million  
Employees:600 
Customers:15,000
Formulations:20,000

HISTORY

1950

FOUNDATION

FOUNDATION

In 1950, Maria and Wilhelm Kluthe founded the company “Kluthe Fabrikation chemisch-technische Erzeugnisse”.

At this time, a laboratory and production line were set up in a garage. The first product was a universal solvent and thinner.

1953

CONTROX

CONTROX

This was followed in 1953 in Europe by a liquid cold paint stripping agent offered under the name “Controx” for air-drying paints and baking finishes. It could be applied in immersion processes at room temperature, a progress to the then customary highly alkaline, corrosive hot de-lacquering agents (boiling treatment).

1954

5 C CONCEPT

5 C CONCEPT

In 1954, the company acquired its own property in Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße in Heidelberg. In the same year, a small distillation unit was installed as a regeneration plant for organic solvents. The basic idea to deliver products and to take back the residues was the first building block of the “5 C Concept”, which is unique in Europe. Today, the administrative offices of the Kluthe Group are located in Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße.

1969

ACQUISITION OF SAHM-CHEMIE

ACQUISITION OF SAHM-CHEMIE

With the acquisition of Sahm-Chemie in 1969, the foundation was laid for supply of the paint wholesale and specialist trade in architectural lacquers, primers and lacquer solvents. The product portfolio for this clientèle has been continuously complemented for years.

1973

ANOTHER PLANT

ANOTHER PLANT

Due to the high workload of the plant located in Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße, another plant was built in 1973 in Heidelberg-Wieblingen to meet rising demand. Today, this location is also home to the research and development center for all surface pre-treatment products.

1987

DARTOL CHEMIE S.A.

DARTOL CHEMIE S.A.

Purchase of Dartol Chemie S.A. in Kuntzig, France. Conversion and expansion of the manufacturing line headquartered in France.

1991

Recycling-Center

RECYCLING CENTER

Set-up of the recycling center in Mügeln/Saxony to recycle residues from paint shops.

1991

EBERHARD TRANSPORT GMBH

EBERHARD TRANSPORT GMBH

Participation in Eberhard Transport GmbH. Merger with the company's own vehicle fleet. Expansion of its own logistics line to supply and dispose of chemicals from its own manufacturing processes as well as to transport customer residues.

1997

CONTINENTAL FARBEN- UND LACKFABRIK

CONTINENTAL FARBEN- UND LACKFABRIK

Purchase of Continental Farben- und Lackfabrik Friedrich Wilhelm Wiegand GmbH. Production and sale of paints and lacquers for the building and painting trades.

1998

KLUTHE POLAND

KLUTHE POLAND

Foundation of Kluthe Poland headquartered in Mogielnica, Poland.

2001

KLUTHE UK

KLUTHE UK

Foundation of Kluthe UK in Milton Keynes (England) for sales and service.

2001

ALL CHEMICALS RESEARCH

ALL CHEMICALS RESEARCH

Purchase of All Chemicals Research in Lokeren (Belgium) to supply the market with maintenance products.

2007

SPAIN

SPAIN

Foundation and construction of a manufacturing plant headquartered in Guadalajara, Spain.

2007

REMATEC GMBH

REMATEC GMBH

Foundation of Rematec GmbH, Heidelberg. Set-up of a distillation unit and integration of the Mügeln recycling center into the supply and disposal logistics of the Kluthe Group.

2011

TURKEY

TURKEY

Foundation of the joint venture with head office and production site in Bursa, Turkey.

2012

BRAZIL

BRAZIL

Foundation of Kluthe do Brasil in São Paulo, Brazil.

2013

CZECH REPUBLIC

CZECH REPUBLIC

Purchase of a distributor for Kluthe products in Sobotka, Czech Republic.

2013

HONG KONG

HONG KONG

Foundation of the joint venture in Hong Kong with a production site and headquarters in Shanghai, People's Republic of China.

2014

SOUTH AMERICA

SOUTH AMERICA

Foundation of Kluthe de México in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico.

2015

USA

USA

Foundation of Kluthe North America Inc. in Novi, Michigan.