There’s no future without a foundation. How a 19th-century spirits factory on the Neckar river developed into a highly specialized, international chemical company and alcohol manufacturer. And how a family business is positioning itself for the future: Read about all of this in our history.
|1868||Louis Brüggemann establishes a factory to ferment molasses and distill alcohol on Holzstrasse (“Wood Street”) in the city of Heilbronn. Henceforth the Brüggemann company produces “spirits”.|
|1900||The production facilities are expanded and the company moves to Salzstrasse (“Salt Street”) in Heilbronn.|
|1926||Production of reducing agents commences, such as BRÜGGOLIT for the textile industry.|
|1970||Start of production for polyamide additives.|
|1978||After the death of his uncle Hermann Brüggemann, Ludwig Brüggemann takes over personal responsibility for L. Brüggemann KG, and invests in needed renovation for the company. A new era begins.|
|1990||Opening of a sales office in the US (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).|
|1994||Certification of the company in accordance with ISO 9001 – one of the first medium-sized business to obtain this certification.|
|1997||Patenting of a newly developed, formaldehyde-free reducing agent.|
|2006||Founding of the subsidiary BrüggemannChemical Asia, Ltd. in Hong Kong.|
|2012||Founding of BüggemannAlcohol Wittenberg GmbH, and acquisition of ethanol-production facilities in Lutherstadt Wittenberg.|
|2017||Settlement of corporate succession by Ludwig Brüggemann: The Ayles family takes over his shares and becomes majority shareholder.|
|2018||Brüggemann celebrates its 150th anniversary.|
|2022||Acquisition of the company Auserpolimeri Srl, a leading developer and manufacturer of functionalised polymers, based in Piano di Coreglia, Italy.|
How did everything start in 1868? Roughly like this: A Hessian came to Heilbronn to distill “spirits.” For those who like a bit more detail, click to go to the “Founding Period” story.
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