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History of Gazechim Composites


With over 40 years’ experience, Gazechim Composites has become the leading distributor of composite materials in Europe.

1937 05 01

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Creation of L’Anhydride Sulfureux Français.
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Creation of L’Anhydride Sulfureux Français.

Creation of “L'Anhydride Sulfureux Français” in Béziers, by two families: Louis Grapin and Roger Rouayroux.

The company focuses on the distribution of sulphur dioxide - SO2.

1948 01 03

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Partnership with Compagnie Chimique d’Alais et de la Camargue.
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Partnership with Compagnie Chimique d’Alais et de la Camargue.

To support its growth, “Anhydride Sulfureux Français” relies on Compagnie Chimique d’Alais et de la Camargue (which will become Pechiney in 1950).

1965 06 11

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Anhydride Sulfureux Français takes the name of Gazechim.
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Anhydride Sulfureux Français takes the name of Gazechim.

ASF starts marketing chlorine and takes the name of Gazechim.

1973 01 20

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Distribution of composites.
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Distribution of composites.

Gazechim diversifies further: starts distribution of composites.

1975 04 15

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Distribution of plastics.
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Distribution of plastics.

Gazechim continues to diversify by beginning to distribute plastic materials.

1990 11 15

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Distribution of refrigerant fluid.
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Distribution of refrigerant fluid.

Gazechim extends its expertise to packaging and to the distribution of refrigerant fluids.

1991 11 10

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After buying back the shares from Rhône Poulenc, Gazechim becomes a 100% family group.
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After buying back the shares from Rhône Poulenc, Gazechim becomes a 100% family group.

Creation of the Union Chimique Participation, which buys back the shares from Rhône Poulenc: Gazechim strengthens its independence.

1999 07 20

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Creation of the Iberica Gazechim Network (Spain and Portugal).
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Creation of the Iberica Gazechim Network (Spain and Portugal).

The Group begins to expand in Europe. Creation of the Gazechim Iberica network in Spain and acquisition of the Resipol in Italy.

2002 06 10

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Creation of Gazechim Composites NV (Belgium).
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Creation of Gazechim Composites NV (Belgium).

Development of composite activities in Benelux.

2005 04 15

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Acquisition of Lange und Ritter (Germany).
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Acquisition of Lange und Ritter (Germany).

Acquisition of Lange und Ritter in Germany, distributor of specialty composite materials.

2005 07 11

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Acquisition of Gazechim Compositi Italia (ex Eurochimica).
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Acquisition of Gazechim Compositi Italia (ex Eurochimica).

Creation of the Gazechim Compositi Italia network (ex Eurochimica) and expansion of composites activity in Italy.

2007 10 09

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Acquisition of Composites Distribution and Polytor.
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Acquisition of Composites Distribution and Polytor.

Composites activity continues to grow after acquisition of Composites Distribution in France (aviation market) and Polytor in Poland (distributor of composite materials).

2008 06 19

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Acquisition of Skolil (Czech Republic and Slovakia).
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Acquisition of Skolil (Czech Republic and Slovakia).

The composites network starts to grow and expand in the Czech Republic and Slovakia after the acquisition of Skolil.

2009 11 24

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Acquisition of distribution branch of Owens Corning (Europe).
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Acquisition of distribution branch of Owens Corning (Europe).

Gazechim Composites grows quickly after acquiring the composites distribution branch of Owens Corning. Entry into new markets: Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Romania.

2012 07 16

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Acquisition of I.Ma.Tec in Italy
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Acquisition of I.Ma.Tec in Italy

The activity of the Gazechim Group diversifies after the acquisition of the I.Ma.Tec company, specialist in the manufacture and distribution of aluminium honeycomb.

2013 01 03

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Acquisition of ABYLA
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Acquisition of ABYLA

Group Gazechim pursues its growth by adquiring French composites and tooling specialist ABYLA.

2013 07 27

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Buyout of Mouldlife (UK) and Euromère (France).
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Buyout of Mouldlife (UK) and Euromère (France).

Acquisition of Mouldlife and Euromère (composites raw materials).