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.

2019  Expansion of the Business Field Construction & Assembly through acquisition of the keim additec surface GmbH.

Development of the 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.