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A tradition of innovation.

Our history is hallmarked by a long tradition with paints and lacquers. Its roots stretch back to the year 1928, when Kurt Berger established a company in the Swiss city of St. Gallen to manufacture lacquer coatings for the leather industry.


Berlac factory established by Kurt Berger in St. Gallen, Switzerland, to produce coatings for the leather industry:BERger LACke = Berlac


Relocation to Sissach, the current headquarters of the Berlac Group.


Development and production commenced of special lacquers for the Swiss luxury watch industry.

since 1982

Systematic internationalisation of business with main focus on Europe and Asia.

since 1985

Successive expansion of product range to include top-quality special coatings and effects for decorative applications in the plastics processing industry


Acquisition and integration of Basler Lacke AG, Switzerland, thus expanding the product range of the Berlac Group to include special coatings and effects for the ski and snowboard industries, coating systems for finishing composite materials, inks and lacquers for the printing industry and marking paints for roads and indoor applications.


As majority shareholder, Basler Lacke AG takes over Karl Morf AG, Switzerland, which specialises in road markings.


Basler Lacke AG takes over the road-marking business of Trilacolor AG, Switzerland, Trilacolor Polska sp.zo.o, Poland, and Trilacolor Bohemia, Czech Republic.


Acquisition and integration of Bomix Chemie GmbH, Germany and take-over of Bomex Chemical (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, China and of Berlac Pinturas y Químicos de México, S. de R.L. de C.V. All three companies specialise in the development and manufacture of premium-grade coatings and printing inks for rubber materials, together with top-quality solutions for the finishing and safe and reliable processing of PU systems.


Acquisition and integration of ISL-Chemie GmbH & Co. KG, Germany. ISL has been manufacturing high-end colour pastes for colouring plastics and coatings for more than three decades.


More than 500 employees worldwide, for the first time over CHF 100 million in sales.


Acquisition of neighbouring plot of land, Untere Fabrik, in order to expand research and production capacities at headquarters in Sissach.

Majority shareholding in De Rem Lacke Farben GmbH, Germany. In addition to anti-corrosion systems and systems to protect facades, De Rem primarily manufactures pigment pastes for colouring plastics and special coatings for the surface finishing of plastic and glass.


Launch of a uniform and standardised corporate design across the entire Group under the joint umbrella brand of the Berlac Group.


Expansion of the solvent based product range (thermal and UV-curing) by waterborne systems and industrial printing inks for screen and pad printing applications.


Portfolio harmonization in the field of special coating products from Basler Lacke and Berlac AG: To concentrate on future core business Areas in the realm of road and hall markings, Basler Lacke is spinning off its ski and snowboard business and its carbon coatings and transferring these operationes to Berlac AG.


As part of its focus strategy, Berlac sells its majority stake in De Rem Lacke Farben GmbH to the previous minority shareholder Carl-Hanns Friedrich.


Berlac is selling the Cetelon paint factory to PPG as part of a strategic succession plan. With the sale, Cetelon benefits from PPG's complementary product offering and global reach.


Agenda 2022

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