80 Years Young
You do not become an internationally renowned
supplier, with a wealth of experience and expertise, from one day to the next. In
our case this is achieved through 80 years of ups, but also downs. We have
learned and gained valuable experience from these years. Today our successes and
achievements result from the following practices:
to the market
the sails when the wind turns
from all experiences, both good and bad
in customers and focusing on customer satisfaction.
Chemical Factory ‘De Zonnebloem’ in Heerlen
Direct supplier to retail of waxes, stove paste
and hair grease.
range and a move to Brunssum
The selection was extended with household
products such as shampoo, bath foam, fabric conditioner and dishwash
detergent. These products were delivered to local shops, border shops, catering
businesses, churches, school and retail stores, by our own delivery van.
60s and 70s: The
world is changing
Due to changes in society we had to make
adjustments at our chemical factory. Local shops disappeared. Supermarkets,
often connected to national supply chains, appeared on the scene. ‘De
Zonnebloem’ had to alter its course.
When Henk Vossen
took over the company, only two people were in employment there. Vossen changed
the company name to ‘Zonnebloem Chemie’ which marked the beginning of a new
phase for the chemical company.
Chemie’ entered a new direction
Zonnebloem invested in expertise and tapped
into the professional market. The product range was significantly extended
during this period. Zonnebloem Chemie became a specialised supplier for wholesalers,
industry and institutions.
1983: Move to Reuver
Strong growth necessitated relocation to larger
premises in Reuver.
1984: Start of
As part of Zonnebloem Chemie, Helipox began to specialise in epoxy coatings and concrete
1986: Takeover of
Alco Chemicals was a supplier for specific
industrial customers, however in the meantime this division has since regained
its independence from Helichem.
through a change of direction
Zonnebloem Chemie commenced specialising in
‘private labels’. Particularly in small and medium-large quantities. At the same
time, the service was perfected in the areas of product development, packaging,
label design, labelling requirements, safety information sheets and logistics.
1990: Takeover of
Ruka Chemie GmbH
With the incorporation of Ruka
Chemie GmbH, Zonnebloem established itself as the owner of a manufacturer of
DIY products for the German market.
1997: Takeover of
J.B. de Lange
With the takeover of the business enterprise
J.B. de Lange BV, Zonnebloem became the owner of an importer of products
including essential oils.
Zonnebloem Chemie has meanwhile become a
healthy, modern, proactive and vibrant company. With international customers.
This called for a dynamic name with international allure. Zonnebloem Chemie was
renamed ‘Helichem’. A combination of the word 'Helianthus’ - Latin for
‘sunflower’ (Dutch: ‘zonnebloem’) and
of Beno Products BV
With this acquisition Helichem
extended the range with maintenance products for the parquet sector.
construction at industrial site in Belfeld
Growth and scale increases led to relocation to
a new and ultramodern complex, which has been optimally designed for both
research and production. The Helichem Group houses all operating companies in
this new building. This move paved the way for further expansion. An increasing
number of private label customers find their way to Helichem.
2004: Takeover of
soap division Diffutherm
The takeover of this soap division formed the
start of Helichem as a soap manufacturer. Meanwhile, Helichem
has developed into an important producer of garage soaps within the
2011: Takeover of
Helichem took over Flavodor, the producer of fragrance
ingredients and flavouring substances, and incorporated the activities with
business enterprise J.B. de Lange; also a member of the Helichem
2012: Helichem 80 years in business
Helichem has remained young for 80 years, and keeps looking forward to the
future. A future in which we perfect even further our private label service
which we deem paramount. And in which safety, sustainability, innovation and
partnership are the key terms of business.
Helichem is a solid family business with a horizontal organisation. A business
that fully appreciates pleasant relations with its customers. A business that
honours your trust and that always keeps to its word.
A joint venture with Alpaca S.A. in Paraguay, manufacturer
of products including Guaiac oil.
With the takeover of Vipack b.v.
the Helichem Group extends its
activities within the sector of consumer products. The company remains located
in Landgraaf where mass production takes places of
products including dishwash detergents, laundry
detergents, fabric softeners, all-purpose cleaners etc.