[WorldKings - Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2022] Memorable turning points during 146 years of development of Henkel AG & Co. KgaA in the FMCG industry (1876)


(worldkings.org) Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, commonly known as Henkel, is a German multinational chemical and consumer goods company headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The company acts primarily in both the consumer and industrial sectors with three globally operating business units (Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care, Adhesive Technologies) and is known for brands such as Loctite, Persil, Fa, Pritt, Dial and Purex, amongst others.


The company's milestones:

- In 1876: 28-year-old Fritz Henkel and his two partners founded Henkel & Cie in Aachen, Germany.

- In 1878: Henkel’s Bleich-Soda (bleaching soda) - Henkel’s first branded product was launched.

- In 1886: Henkel opened its first international sales office in Austria.

- In 1893: Henkel established its first business links with England and Italy.

- In 1913: Henkel founded its first subsidiary: Henkel & Cie AG in Basel-Pratteln, Switzerland. 

- In  1922: Henkel began to produce ready-to-use adhesives: Sula (paper adhesive), Desula (board adhesive), and Buba (packet adhesive).



- In 1929: Henkel expanded its portfolio by including the industrial cleaner P3.

- In 1940: Henkel opened a kindergarten at the Düsseldorf-Holthausen plant in 1940. Today it is known as Gerda-Henkel-KiTa..

- In 1951: Pril Powder, a household dishwashing detergent, was launched.

- In 1954: Henkel-subsidiary Dreiring launched Fa soap, a new type of toilet soap.

- In 1960: Henkel entered the U.S. chemical products market by acquiring Standard Chemical Products, Inc.

- In 1962: Henkel acquired Sichel-Werke AG, Hannover, its main German competitor in the adhesives sector



- In 1969: Launched of Pritt Glue Stick - the first glue stick in the world.

- In 1975: Henkel GmbH changed into Henkel Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien (KGaA).

- In 1985: The company went public in the stock market .

 -In 1991: Biotechnology and environmental technology company, Cognis, was founded as a Henkel subsidiary.

- In 1995: Acquisited Schwarzkopf company.

- In 1997: Outright acquisition of the adhesive manufacturing company Loctite.



- In 2004: Henkel purchased the US-based company The Dial Corporation, a manufacturer of laundry detergents, household cleaners, and body care products.

- In 2008: The company was renamed Henkel AG & Co. KGaA.

- In 2011: Henkel launched the “Forscherwelt,” an educational initiative for children to foster interest in research and science.

- In 2014: Henkel acquired all shares in the Spotless Group SAS, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; After that the company also acquired three US Professional Hair Care Products companies: SexyHair, Alterna, and Kenra.

- In 2015: Henkel has signed an agreement with the Colgate-Palmolive Company to acquire its entire range of laundry detergents and pre-wash brands in Australia and New Zealand.

- In 2016: Henkel acquired the US Laundry and Home Care Company, The Sun Products Corporation



- In 2017: Acquisited the global Darex Packaging Technologies, Sonderhoff Group and Nattura Laboratorios.

- In 2019: Henkel acquired hair care company DevaCurl from a fund managed by Ares Management Corporation.

- In 2020: Henkel is the world’s first company to issue a Plastic Waste Reduction Bond.

According to en.wikipedia.org, henkel.com

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