118 years ago the wholesale and foreign trade merchant Wilhelm Ernst Hinrich Biesterfeld founded the company W. Biesterfeld & Co. in Hamburg. Initially the core of the business was in the salt trade, but subsequently chemicals and fertilisers also assumed high importance. The company started developing its own products and international trade began. Biesterfeld's business divisions today are Plastic, Spezialchemie, Performance Rubber and International. The services company Biesterfeld ChemLogS offers comprehensive assistance in the areas of chemicals, logistics and service. The subsidiary and IT services provider BIT-SERV meets all data management and IT needs for the group and also offers its services to third party companies.