History

Omya’s roots date back to 1884 when the company was founded by Gottfried Plüss-Staufer in Oftringen, Switzerland. In the beginning the company engaged in the production of glazier’s putty by combining fine chalk with linseed oil.

In 1891, Plüss-Staufer acquired a chalk quarry in France and decided to build a plant in Oftringen to produce chalk powder. After completion of the Oftringen plant in 1894, the business expanded quickly. The putty sales increased significantly as did the sales of chalk powder. These successes led Plüss-Staufer to acquire a second chalk quarry, at Omey, France, in 1894. A chalk plant was built in the port of Omey in 1900.

At the turn of the 20th century Plüss-Staufer created the 'Omya' brand name. High quality products and excellent customer relationships quickly established Omya as a highly regarded brand beyond the borders of Switzerland.

Major steps:

1884......Plüss-Staufer founded in Oftringen, Switzerland
1891......Chalk quarry in Châlons-sur-Marne, France
1894......Plant in Oftringen, Switzerland
1895......Quarry in Omey, France
1900......Plant in Omey, France
1912......Plant in Strassbourg, part of Germany at that time
1925......SA du Blanc Omya in Paris, France
1932......Omya GmbH in Cologne, Germany
1946......Pluess-Staufer Co. in the United States
1949......General representation for Hoechst in Switzerland
1952......Surface treated chalk for the PVC plastics industry
1965......Calcium carbonate pigment for the paper industry
1968......Calcium carbonate slurry for the paper industry
1976......Quarry and plants in the United States
1981......Quarry and plants in Australia
1988......Quarry and plants in Asia Pacific
1995......Quarry and plants in Latin America
1997......Precipitated calcium carbonate plant in Austria
2000......Plüss-Staufer renamed to Omya
2004. ....Quarry and plants in China, Russia and the Near and Middle East
2006. ....Plant in Brazil
2007......Quarries and plants in India, Vietnam and Romania. Acquisitions of
..... ..........Huber precipitated calcium carbonate plants
2008......Plants in Jordan, Turkey and dry PCC plant in Austria

Customer Focus

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