VELOX_Company_History

VELOX – 25 years in motion

VELOX was founded in 1993 in Hamburg when Bernard Goursaud and Max Schlenzig decided to create a new type of a truly European sales and marketing company for speciality chemicals and plastics. Benefitting from an international background in the sector and many years of experience, their idea was to establish a new concept for chemicals distribution. This is focused on a strong partnership between the raw material provider and VELOX, as well as on the continuous Europe-wide expansion of the sales and distribution network.

The first offices were established in 1997 in Italy and Benelux. Since then, VELOX has continuously grown, expanding its raw material specialities portfolio and expertise, as well as its geographical footprint and cooperation network.

Today, VELOX operates four divisions: Plastics, Composites, Additives and Paints & Coatings. With 21 offices in Europe, Turkey and Russia and an experienced staff of more than 230 employees, VELOX provides qualified and tailored service to customers all over Europe and beyond.

In 2017, VELOX took the next step in engineering plastics. Under the brand name PrimeTec® the company is developing and producing highly specialised and application-specific solutions for a wide range of plastics applications. VELOX develops these solutions in cooperation with long-term development partners.

After 25 years, VELOX continues to be true to its principles of fast, flexible and reliable service and long-term partnerships, providing high-quality raw material specialities and creating added value for customers as well as principals.

As of September 2018, VELOX is an IMCD company.

Key dates in our corporate development

2018:IMCD acquires VELOX
2018:25th Anniversary
2017:Foundation of our sales office in Russia
2017:Launch of PrimeTec® , customised plastics solutions & new developments
2015:Signature of our Joint Venture with Advanc3D Materials
2015:Recruitment of our 200th employee
2013:Signature of our joint venture with ALPOMID GmbH & Co. KG to distributes composites products in Germany. Foundation of Composites VELOX GmbH
2013:VELOX celebrates its 20 Years anniversary
2013:Signature of our Joint Venture with Shanghai Brightfield Co. Ltd. Foundation of VELOX China Ltd.
2012:Acquisition of our new Composites Division. VELOX takes over roughly 50 colleagues in 12 European countries
2012:Foundation of our sales offices in Romania
2009:Recruitment of our 100th employee
2009:Appointment of François Minec as General Manager
2009:Merger of our plastic additives with our rubber business to create the new Additives Division
2007:Foundation of VELOX Scandinavia, based in Sweden
2006:Signature of our distribution agreement with Lubrizol (formerly Noveon) for Estane, Estaloc, Tecothane and Tecoflex
2004:Foundation of our sales offices in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Turkey
1999:Foundation of our sales offices in France, Spain and the United Kingdom
1998:Creation of our Rubber and Paints & Coatings Divisions
1997:Foundation of our sales offices in Italy and Benelux
1995:Creation of our Plastics Division
1995:Beginning of our cooperation with Asahi Kasei for the distribution of Asaclean, Tufprene and Asaflex
1993:Signature of our first distribution contract with BP (INEOS Barex) for the distribution of Barex
1993:Foundation of VELOX in Hamburg, Germany: our Head Office is still located in the city centre today