History

113 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.


Today & the futuretodo

Internationally operating company in family ownership with further expansion due

2019todo

Acquisition of Lindberg & Lund Group, Norway

2016todo

Acquisition of Schütz & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG), Germany

2016todo

Foundation of Biesterfeld Performance
Rubber GmbH

2015todo

Joint Venture Biesterfeld Simko Distr. Ltda,
Brasilia

2013todo

Joint Venture Biesterfeld Nordic AB, Sweden
and acquisition of Küttner GmbH, Germany

2008todo

Acquisizione di Milar Sp. z o.o., Polonia

2007todo

Founding of Biesterfeld ChemLogS GmbH

2006todo

Joint Venture Biesterfeld Petroplas Ltd.,
Great Britain

2006todo

Company name change of
Biesterfeld Siemsglüss International GmbH
to Biesterfeld International GmbH

2005todo

Takeover of Biesterfeld
Siemsglüss International GmbH

2004todo

Change in the parent company's legal status
from Wilhelm E. H. Biesterfeld GmbH & Co. KG
to Biesterfeld Aktiengesellschaft

2003todo

Joint Venture Biesterfeld Chemiedistribution GmbH & Co. KG with Brenntag, sale 2010

2001todo

Costituzione di Biesterfeld Ibérica S.L.U., Spagna

2000todo

Costituzione di Biesterfeld Siemsglüss International GmbH e Biesterfeld Interowa GmbH & Co.KG, Austria

2000todo

Founding of BIT-SERV GmbH: In-house and third party solutions for internet, data processing and networking applications

1998todo

Founding of Biesterfeld Spezialchemie GmbH

1994todo

Joint Venture of Scheibler and Linssen to Biesterfeld Scheibler Linssen GmbH & Co. KG headquartered in Hamburg

1988todo

Founding of Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH and new subsidiaries in France, Italy, Poland and Spain

1980stodo

Expansion in the Asian region with subsidiaries
in China, Hong Kong and Indonesia

1981todo

The core areas of the new company
Wilhelm E. H. Biesterfeld Group are: The chemical business, import, export, packaging materials, salt, agrochemicals and international freight forwarding

From 1977todo

Production of own-brand household papers "Julia", this segment belongs to the company until the beginning of the 1990s

1976todo

Founding of subsidiaries Biesterfeld do Brasil Ltda., Brazil and Biesterfeld U.S., Inc., USA

1970todo

After the death of Walter Biesterfeld, his son,
Dirk J. Biesterfeld, inherits the company as a personally liable partner

1964todo

Company founder Wilhelm Biesterfeld dies aged 84, his nephew and adopted son, Walter Biesterfeld, ensures the continuous growth of the company

1961todo

Founding of the first European subsidiary
in the Netherlands

1956todo

Company headquarters move to Ferdinandstraße 41 in the centre of Hamburg

From 1950todo

The company has its own subsidiaries in the business divisions of import and export of chemicals, salt and fertilisers, as well as chemical businesses; founding of the Biesterfeld Packaging division

1945todo

Takeover of the chemical plant Gunter, Schröder & Co. in Hamburg-Harburg with its own storage and transshipment facilities

1930stodo

Ampliamento delle tre attività principali: commercio di sale, prodotti chimici e fertilizzanti

1930todo

Sole selling rights for evaporated salts in certain areas of northern and eastern Germany

1920 - 1925todo

Operation of the Biesterfeld Shipping Company

1918todo

Thriving salt trade with rock salt from northern Germany

1906todo

Wilhelm Ernst Hinrich Biesterfeld moves into a small office in Hamburg and starts trading in salt