1876 Foundation of Henkel in Aachen: first branded detergent in Germany
1881 Foundation of Boehme Fettchemie in Chemnitz: manufacture of textile chemicals and auxiliaries
1935 Integration into the Henkel group as Boehme Fettchemie; continuous growth due to innovations and the founding of subsidiaries in foreign countries
1970 Henkel Textile Technology; further growth in the home market and abroad, acquisition of Standard Chemical Products / USA
1986 Acquisition of Pulcra / Spain; extension of textile business through affiliated companies in the Middle East and South America
1987 Acquisition of Nopco / USA and Gruenau / Germany
1989 Acquisition of Emery / USA
1990 Foundation of affiliated companies in Far East incl. China
1999 The chemicals division of Henkel becomes Cognis as a result of a carve-out
2000 Acquisition of Hispano Chimica strengthens Leather Finishing business and offers access to the global distribution network
2001 Textile Business as part of Cognis sold to financial investors
2007 Carve-out of Cognis Process Chemicals into Pulcra Chemicals
2008 Cognis sell Pulcra Chemicals to strategic investor Fashion Chemicals
2010 Acquisition of Geretsried Plant
2012 New Division "Performance Chemicals"
2013 Acquisition of Skintex® business from BASF