Stories of success: The story of Zeller + Gmelin
Since 1866, we develop and deliver products and process solutions that set standards in terms of performance, reliability, and economy. From our modest beginnings in the production of kerosene, we now offer corporations and medium-sized businesses an enormous variety of high-quality lubricants, printing inks and chemical products for numerous applications.
Leading lubricant competence for over 150 years
In Groß-Eislingen, Ernst Gustav Zeller, Theodor Zeller, and a few partners founded Zeller, Haltiner & Co. for shale oil production.
Zeller, Haltiner & Co. cease operations, as shale oil production proves uneconomical.
Albert Zeller, Theodore's younger brother, resumes shale oil production.
Albert Zeller and Paul Gmelin establish Zeller + Gmelin. The company mainly offers lubricating oils for industrial applications.
Zeller + Gmelin moves its headquarters to the Schlossstraße in Eislinger, and builds, among other things, a refinery to produce gasoline.
The Eislinger oil company operates around 30 commercial branches, including those in Antwerp, Danzig, and Basel.
The company starts offering road construction products.
Zeller + Gmelin starts the production of detergents.
Zeller + Gmelin expands its offering again with printing inks.
A few weeks after the war, US troops end the occupation of Eislinger's factory. Destruction is minimal.
Zeller + Gmelin builds a petrol station network in southern Germany.
March 18 sees the opening of a new production centre for industrial oils, lubricants and drawing greases, drawing powder and care products.
On August 31, the company establishes Zeller + Gmelin of America in Richmond, Virginia, the first non-European subsidiary (later renamed to Zeller + Gmelin Corporation).
Zeller + Gmelin acquires a majority stake in Intercolor Limited in the UK (takeover of all shares in 1998, later renamed to Zeller + Gmelin UK Limited).
Establishment of Zeller + Gemlin BV, Netherlands with a minority shareholder.
Zeller + Gmelin undergoes strategic changes to reposition itself as a manufacturer of specialty lubricant, printing inks and chemistry products. During this period, numerous participations and subsidiaries are sold.
After the Danish printing ink distributor closed down, Zeller + Gmelin set up its own business in Denmark with Zeller + Gmelin A/S.
On July 22, Zeller + Gmelin becomes the first lubricant manufacturer to win the Bosch Supplier Award.
Zeller + Gmelin expands internationally by establishing Zeller + Gmelin sro, Czech Republic, and Zeller + Gmelin SARL, France.
Zeller + Gmelin Sp. z.o.o, Poland is established. The traditional company from Eislinger received the TOP 100 award as one of the most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany. By 2009, it had amassed three further TOP 100 awards.
Establishment of ZG Fluidmanagement CZ s.r.o, Czech Republic.
Zeller + Gmelin boosts its global presence by establishing Zeller + Gmelin (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., China; Zeller + Gmelin ULC, Canada (2008) and Zeller + Gmelin Ltd. Sti., Turkey (2006).
Zeller + Gmelin de Mexico is established as a subsidiary of Zeller + Gmelin Corporation.
Zeller + Gmelin is celebrating its 150th anniversary.