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• 1936
The company HOLZVERZUCKERUNGS AG (HOVAG) is founded, based in Zurich (CH), in order to manufacture ethyl alcohol, (an alternative fuel for motor vehicles) from wood.

• 1942
Start of ethyl alcohol production from local waste wood in Domat/Ems. By the end of the war, production from the HOVAG covered around 30% of the Swiss fuel requirements. With nearly 200 employees, HOVAG is by far the largest employer in the mountain Canton Grisons (CH).

• 1947
Foundation of the INVENTA AG for research and patent applications.

• 1951
The HOVAG starts to produce Caprolactam. The FIBRON AG, a subsidiary of the HOVAG founded in 1949, manufactures polyamide plastic materials and polyamide fibres in Domat/ Ems and markets these. .

• 1952

Socks made of Grilon® fibres become the trade mark of the HOVAG in Switzerland. They are of high quality and long lasting.

• 1954
INVENTA AG licences the procedure, developed in Domat/ Ems, for the production of caprolactam, the raw material for the plastic material polyamide, to the Japanese company UBE Industries.
Following this, INVENTA AG constructs more than 300 production plants for Caprolactam, engineering plastics and synthetic fibres throughout the world. More than 60 of these plants were built in China alone.

• 1956
The Swiss citizens voted against continued subventioned purchase of alcohol as an alternative fuel by the state. Following this, the HOVAG stopped production of alcohol and concentrated on Grilon® fibres and Grilon® engineering plastics.
With the foundation of GRILON & Plastics Machinery Ltd. in Dover (UK), EMS opened the first sales company abroad, today called EMS-CHEMIE (UK) Ltd., and located in Stafford.

• 1960

• 1962

The CHEMIE HOLDING EMS AG based in Domat/ Ems is founded.

• 1963

Expansion of the sales assortment with Grilonit® Epoxy Resins manufactured in Domat/ Ems for the construction and paint industry.

• 1964
Production of Grilene® polyester fibres for the textile industry is started in Domat/ Ems.
Inauguration and start-up of the first application development centre for thermoplastic materials and epoxy resins in Domat/ Ems.

• 1966
First production of Grilamid® polyamide 12 and Grilon® co-polyamide in Domat/ Ems for the manufacture of plastic pipes and packaging films.

• 1967

Manufacture of Griltex® co-polyamide fusible adhesive powder for coating of textile interlinings for the apparel industry. Bonding instead of sewing completely rationalised clothing industry processes.

• 1970
Unprofitable production of Caprolactam in Domat/ Ems are stopped and both are purchased from external sources.

• 1977
Inauguration of the sales company in Japan, now EMS-CHEMIE (Japan) Ltd., in Tokyo.

• 1978
The different EMSER companies are consolidated under the roof of the CHEMIE HOLDING EMS AG.
Opening of the sales company Germany in Cologne, today EMS-CHEMIE (Deutschland) GmbH, Gross-Umstadt, and the sales company France in Paris, today EMS-CHEMIE (France) S.A., Boulogne.

• 1980
Focus on growth with engineering plastics and begins to phase-out textile fibres.
Start of industrial-scale production of Grilesta® polyester resins in Domat/ Ems for the manufacture of powder-coatings for coating metal.

• 1981
The Chemie Holding Ems AG is renamed EMS-CHEMIE HOLDING AG. The EMSER WERKE AG in Domat/ Ems becomes the EMS-CHEMIE AG.
EMS is the umbrella brand for all companies.

• 1982
EMS starts production of polyamide materials in Sumter / South Carolina (USA), today EMS-CHEMIE (North America) Inc.

• 1985
Purchase of the TOGO-Group based in Romanshorn (CH). The group, renamed EMS-TOGO, specialises in process materials for bonding, coating and sealing for the automotive industry worldwide.

• 1988
EMS-TOGO opens a production site in Zaragoza, Spain in order to supply the Spanish automotive industry.
EMS transfers sales of fertilisers to the LINTAFERT Company in Linz (Austria) and concentrates on the three business areas

• Performance polymers
• Fine Chemicals
• Engineering

• 1989
Purchase of the Illing GmbH in Gross-Umstadt, Germany, which owns the rights to a special process for polymerisation and compounding. The production site for polyamide injection-moulding grades in Gross-Umstadt is later given the current name EMS-CHEMIE (Deutschland) GmbH.
EMS FAR-EASTERN is founded in Taiwan and the production of performance polymers started in Hsin Chu Hsien (Taiwan). This is now EMS-CHEMIE (Asia) Ltd.

• 1990
Under the product name Primid® EMS introduces a weathering-resistant hardener for powder-coatings, which is environmentally-compatible and protected by patents.
then goes on to become world market leader with this product.
The construction of a new application development centre for engineering plastics in Domat/ Ems forms a further milestone in the promotion of performance polymers, which helps EMS become unique in this field.
With Grivory® GV, EMS launches a new generation of super-stiff polyamides, thus ringing in the era of metal replacement.

• 1992

EMS safeguards supply of the key raw material laurolactam for the production of Grilamid® PA12 by forming the production joint-venture EMS-UBE in Japan.
Together with customers, suppliers, employees and official representatives, EMS-CHEMIE AG celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent Swiss company.

EMS becomes market leader for flexible glasses frames and sunglasses lenses with the transparent polyamide Grilamid® TR.

• 1996
During streamlining of the product assortment, EMS phases-out Grilesta® polyester resins for powder-coatings and sells the business to the UCB company in Belgium.

• 1998
EMS becomes market leader with Grilbond® bonding agent. This product guarantees reliable bonding of polyester fibre reinforcement and rubber in car tyres, drive belts and conveyor belts.

• 2000

The activities of the business unit EMS-CHEMIE are divided into 4 independent business units:

(engineering plastics)
• EMS-GRILTECH (technical fibres and adhesives)
• EMS-PRIMID (thermoset materials)
• EMS-SERVICES (central services, production site Domat/ Ems)

EMS starts production in the first and currently only production plant for high-temperature polyamides in Europe. These products are sold under the trade name Grivory® HT and are used in high-temperature applications. Within a very short time EMS becomes market leader in Europe.
Production of polyester fibres Grilene® is stopped and all know-how sold to the Montefibre Company, Milan (Italy).

• 2004
In order to further support the focus on performance polymers, the existing business unit EMS-GRIVORY, which concentrates on thermoplastic polyamide materials, is divided into four independent business units, each responsible for its own business results:

• EMS-GRIVORY Performance Polymers
(injection moulding Europe)
• EMS-GRIVORY Extrusion Polymers (extrusion Europe)

The EMS Group sells the business unit INVENTA-FISCHER to the German plant construction company UHDE. The business areas fine chemicals and engineering are merged.

• 2005
In order to be represented locally in the polyamide sector, EMS founds the company EMS-CHEMIE (China) Ltd. based in Shanghai.

• 2006
Start-up of the biomass power plant TEGRA on the production site in Domat/ Ems. The biomass power plant provides an alternative energy source for EMS replacing fossil fuels with the wood pellet burning TEGRA plant for generation of steam. This allows EMS to reduce up to two-thirds of the CO2 emission on the production site in Domat/ Ems.

• 2007
EMS focuses increasingly on its core business and sells the deflashing agent business - previously conducted under the name EMSODUR - at the end of February.
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