Content - History

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.

1928

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

1932

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

1945

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

1986

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.

1997

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

1999

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

2003

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.

2005

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.

2005

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

2008

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.

2011

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

2011

Acquisition and integration of the German-based Cetelon Holding GmbH with ist 3 operating subsidiaries Cetelon Lackfabrik GmbH, Weckerle Lackfabrik GmbH and Cetelon Nanotechnik GmbH.

Thanks to its broad range of top-quality decorative and functional special paint systems for niche applications in the automotive, railway, electronics and toy industries, the Cetelon Group has a product portfolio which complements that of the Berlac Group - especially in the field of water-borne lacquer systems.

2013/2013

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

2014

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.

 

 

News

Agenda

Berlac exhibiting at Hong Kong Optical Fair

November 06 - 08 | Int. Trade Fair for the Spectacle Industry | Hong Kong

Basler Lacke at Hofmann Expo

November 29 | Road Marking Technology Day | Rellingen | Germany

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