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Our Heritage

What started initially as a classical trading company in 1970, has developed over the past five decades into a global solutions provider for the life science and industrial markets. More than 50 years ago, Joop van Caldenborgh, established Caldic to initiate chemical trading activities which laid the foundation for today’s international business delivering value-add solutions to the food, personal care, pharma and industrial markets in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

The 1970-2020 timeline reflects five decades of pro-active global expansion. It showcases the milestones we’ve achieved during this period by and large as a result of the dedication of our people and the solid collaboration with our business partners across the value chain.  The most recent acquisitions and partnerships, combined with investments in state-of-the-art application and product testing labs, culinary innovation kitchens, cleanrooms for pharmaceutical solvents and the expansion of several of our offices and warehousing facilities we are well positioned to grow our business and deliver solutions that help drive the efficiency and sustainability of our business partners.



  • Expansion of European footprint by entering French Food Ingredients Industry with the acquisition of Arlès Agroalimentaire.
  • Caldic sells its Dutch tank storage and production facilities of Caldic Chemie in Europoort.
  •  Acquisition of The Ingredient company, adding know-how of flavor and functionality to finished products in North America. Another expansion in the Nordics follows by acquiring the R2 Group A/S,anindependent Nordic player offering food ingredients and chemical solutions for the Industrial and Health & Personal Care markets
  •  Caldic launches its own silicone brand for silicone solutions: Calsil
  •  Expansion of food activities in North America by acquiring Nealanders, the largest acquisition in our history so far. Also Caldic New Zealand is established.


  • Expansion of food ingredients in the Nordics; in the chemical sector Caldic further expands in the UK and China. Storage capacity of Caldic Chemie Europoort is increased to a total of 172,500 m3.
  • Olav van Caldenborgh becomes CEO of Caldic. His father and founder of the company becomes Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
  • Expansion in Asia with first chemical activities in Shanghai. In the years that follow Caldic will expand further in China and also to Vietnam.


  • Acquisition of the French Fiprochim and its affiliated companies in France, Spain, The Netherlands, Italy and the UK.
  • Expansion in France by acquiring Ducancel et Herbert and opening of new plant in the UK: a brand new tank terminal in Chesterfield.
  • Expansion in Germany; with the acquisition of Weinstoch & Siebert, Caldic becomes the producer of Furex. Caldic is also expanding its product portfolio by acquiring Van GelderCompagnie and becomes a specialist within the technical sector - from 1998 known as Caldic Techniek and based in Rotterdam.
  •  Further increase of capacity with the new Caldic Europoort plant, situated in the center of the Rotterdam port area.


  • Expansion to the UK by acquiring Sheppy Chemicals Ltd and expansion of product activities in Rotterdam port by opening a formaldehyde factory, with a capacity ofthen 30,000 tons.
  • New (Food) Business; expansion is not only taking place geographically, but also in terms of product portfolio. Caldic starts distributing Food Ingredients. In the same year, Caldic Belgiumisestablished by acquiring Donck in Belgium.
  • Expansion outside of Europe, establishment of Caldic Thailand. The office is based in Bangkok and focuses on the chemical distribution of industrial chemicals, chemical specialties and fine chemicals.
  • Acquisition of Heybroek en Co’s from which Caldic Nederland was established - which later becomes Caldic Benelux.


  • Expansion to Germany, our first entity abroad.
  •  Caldic embarks on production activities, with the acquisition of Wigleven which later becomes Caldic Chemie.
  •  Establishment of Caldic as a classical trading company, based in Rotterdam.