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ICL Performance Products has a rich history and vast experience that spans more than 180 years. 

BKG Company History

1823 – Giulini Brothers established a chemical factory for the production of sulfuric acid based on Sicilian sulfur in Mannheim/Germany.

1900 – Giulini started the production of phosphate fertilizers, phosphoric acid, phosphate salts and aluminum compounds at new site in Ludwigshafen/Germany.

After WWII – Expansion of product range to pharmaceutical compounds and raw materials, water treatment chemicals, synthetic gypsum, phosphate based food additives, chemical specialties for the paper industry, as well as inner-shoe components for footwear industry.

1977 – ICL - Israel Chemicals Ltd acquired Giulini Chemie GmbH.

1996 – ICL Group acquired BK Ladenburg, a producer of phosphates for detergents & cleaners, food additives, water treatment, and other applications.

1997 – Giulini Chemie and BK Ladenburg merged to form BK Giulini GmbH.

Astaris (U.S. Based) Company History

1876 – Provident Chemical Works opened plant to produce Monocalcium Phosphate Acid in St. Louis, Missouri USA.

1900 – International Phosphate Company opens plant to produce phosphate salts.

1921 – Swann Chemical Co. purchases Provident Chemical Works & Federal Phosphorus Co.

1935 – Monsanto purchased Swann Chemical Co.

1948 – International Phosphate Co, later named Westvaco merged with FMC.

1997 – Chemical divisions of Monsanto spun off to Solutia.

2000 – Astaris LLC joint venture with Solutia and FMC.

2005 – ICL acquired Astaris LLC in the United States, company renamed ICL Performance Products Lp.


Both Companies Combine to Create ICL Performance Products

2006 – ICL Performance Products business segment was created by consolidation of BK Giulini and ICL Performance Products LP.

2007 – ICL Performance Products acquired Fire-Trol, a Canadian based Fire Safety products producer.

2008 – ICL Performance Products acquired Henkel Water Treatment business, European supplier of water treatment chemicals, solutions, services and equipment.

2011 – ICL  Performance Products acquired Halox, producer of predominantly phosphate based specialties for coatings and paints.

2011 – Acquisition of Cosmocel Quimica, in Monterrey Mexico, producer of food grade phosphates.