150 Years Strong: Brenntag Reflects on Milestones and Achievements

150 Years Strong: Brenntag Reflects on Milestones and Achievements

(IN BRIEF) Brenntag, the global leader in chemicals and ingredients distribution, is commemorating its 150th anniversary in 2024. Originating as an egg wholesale business in Berlin in 1874, Brenntag has evolved into a DAX-listed company with a worldwide presence. Throughout the anniversary year, the company will celebrate its rich history with various events, culminating in October with global employee gatherings and an official ceremony in Essen, Germany. CEO Christian Kohlpaintner emphasizes Brenntag’s commitment to adaptability and innovation, acknowledging the contributions of past and present employees to the company’s success. Brenntag’s legacy is further underscored by its commissioned historical research to document its journey.

(PRESS RELEASE) ESSEN, 27-Feb-2024 — /EuropaWire/ — Brenntag (ETR: BNR), the global leader in chemicals and ingredients distribution, commemorates its 150th anniversary in 2024, tracing its roots back to its establishment in 1874 as an egg wholesale business in Berlin. Over the years, Brenntag has undergone a remarkable evolution, transitioning into a DAX-listed company and expanding its footprint worldwide. Throughout the anniversary year, Brenntag will honor its rich heritage with various events involving employees, business partners, and stakeholders. The pinnacle of celebrations is set for October, coinciding with the company’s founding date, featuring global employee gatherings, a dedicated day for customers and suppliers, and an official ceremony at Brenntag’s headquarters in Essen, Germany.

Reflecting on the milestone, Christian Kohlpaintner, CEO of Brenntag SE, remarked, “Looking back on such a long history is a chance to reflect on the people, decisions and challenges that have shaped our company and brought us to where we are today. With curiosity, a great deal of pioneering spirit, and keeping focus in times of change, we at Brenntag have always been successful to adapt to new circumstances. We are evolving with our markets, and we actively shape them.”

Founded by Philipp Mühsam, Brenntag initially ventured into chemicals trading in 1912, eventually adopting the name “Brenntag” in 1937. The company’s headquarters later moved to Mülheim an der Ruhr, serving as the central hub until 2017. Under various ownership structures, Brenntag experienced organic growth and strategic acquisitions, expanding its global presence to encompass approximately 600 sites across over 70 countries. With a workforce of over 17,500 employees, Brenntag delivers a diverse range of industrial and specialty chemicals, supported by value-added services, to thousands of customers worldwide. The company’s commitment to social responsibility is underscored by its initiative to reevaluate its historical legacy through commissioned historical research, with findings set for publication throughout the anniversary year.

CEO Christian Kohlpaintner added, “The anniversary is also an opportunity to pay tribute and thank past and present employees. It’s the expertise, dedication, and courage of our people at Brenntag that have made this successful development possible. The ability and willingness of being constantly agile and moving forward, is deeply embedded in our DNA. Continuously transforming ourselves and shaping the future of our industry is what drives us and remains our inspiration.”

Media contacts:

Verena Blaschke
Brenntag SE
Senior Vice President Global Communications
+49 201 6496 1213

Robert Reitze
Brenntag SE
Press Officer Global Communications
+49 201 6496 2128

SOURCE: Brenntag SE

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