History and growth

Milestones of the CHT Group

  • 1953 – Mr. Reinhold Beitlich established the CHT chemical factory at Tübingen.
  • 1960 – Start of the growth phase with the establishment of companies worldwide. The first milestones were Austria, France, South Africa and Switzerland.
  • 1972 – The Dusslingen production plant launched its operations.
  • 1983 – CHT was transformed into a foundation (Beitlich Familienstiftung & Reinhold Beitlich Sozialstiftung – Beitlich Family Foundation & Reinhold Beitlich Social Foundation).
  • 1988 – With the establishment of a company in Australia we set foot on the last unconquered continent. CHT is a “Global Player totally focussed on textiles”.
  • 1996 – CHT further extended its measures for the protection of the environment by modernisation and certification.
  • 1997 – Acquisition of HTC in Oyten, establishment for production plants for silicone chemicals.
  • 1999 – Commitment to act within the meaning of the worldwide “Responsible Care” Initiative.
  • 2000 – Further diversification with the establishment of the construction, performance chemicals and textile care business areas.
  • 2010 – Acquisition of Alpina Technische Produkte GmbH in Geretsried and establishment of competences in the silicone industry.
  • 2015 – Publication of the first group-wide sustainability report.
  • 2015 – Expansion of the paper business through acquisition of Quimipel Indústria Química Ltda. in Brazil.
  • 2017 – New corporate identity and new group-wide brand appearance "Smart Chemistry with Character".
  • 2017 – Expansion of the silicone business through acquisition of the ICM Silicones Group.

Milestones of CHT Switzerland AG

  • 1971 – Establishment of BEZEMA AG by CHT R. Beitlich GmbH and its founder, Mr. Reinhold Beitlich.
  • 1972 – Purchase of real estate and construction of an office and warehouse building in the Letzau industrial area in Montlingen/SG.
  • 1980 – Inclusion of textile dyes in our product range. Extension of the building (office building and laboratory). BEZEMA became a worldwide centre of competence for dyes.
  • 1997 – Extension of the dye production facilities. Opening of the communications and training centre.
  • 1999 – BEZEMA became member of the ETAD.
  • 2002 – Construction of the high bay warehouse with 13,000 pallet slots and logistics facilities. Extension of the communications and training centre.
  • 2009 – Extension of the administration building and laboratory.
  • 2017 – Change of name to CHT Switzerland AG.

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