Company history

In August, Dr. Günter Hauf founds Polymer-Chemie GmbH headquartered in Bad Sobernheim.

Polymer-Chemie GmbH begins its business operations with the production of PVC paste, which is used in underbody protection in the automotive industry. The first production facility is located in factory space from the company Johann Hay Automobiltechnik GmbH.

1975 - 1977
In 1975, contract manufacturing of PVC compounds is started for cables for Alcatel, one of the company’s key customers for many years.
In the same year, together with Johann Hay Automobiltechnik GmbH, the company moves into the shared administration building at Haystrasse 7–13 in Bad Sobernheim.

Establishment of plant 2 at Haystrasse 20 in Bad Sobernheim. In a new business segment, the production and marketing of polyolefin foams begins.

Establishment of plant 3 at Haystrasse 21 in Bad Sobernheim and beginning of the production and marketing of polyolefin compounds.

Integration of plastic profile manufacturing in plant 2.

Recycling business operations begin with a focus on PP compounds for the automotive industry.

Construction of plant 5 for PP recyclate at the “Am Gefach” site.

Beginning of PP compound contract manufacturing for the new customer Fina Mitsui Technologie (FMT), a joint venture between partners Total Raffinage Chimie SA and Mitsui Chemicals.

Dr. Gerald Hauf takes over management of Polymer-Chemie GmbH from his father, Dr. Günter Hauf.

The 100,000th ton of PE chalk compound for Clopay is manufactured and delivered.

Changed market conditions lead to the sale of business operations in the area of PVC pastes. This ends nearly 30 years of activities in the founding segment of Polymer-Chemie GmbH.

A year full of landmark events:
Founding of TechnoCompound GmbH and takeover of plastics recycling in plant 5. In addition, entry into commercial long glass fiber compounding.
Cooperation with the Japanese Mitsui Chemicals Group leads to the founding of Sun Alloys Europe GmbH as a 50:50 joint venture.
Start of production and marketing of metal powder compounds for metal injection molding on the basis of a soluble binder system under the product name PolyMIM®.

The 100,000th ton of PP compound for Total, now the Polymer-Group’s largest customer, is produced.

2009 - 2010
The newly-founded subsidiary PolyMIM GmbH takes over manufacturing and marketing of metal powder compounds.

The independent company SL Sobernheimer Logistik GmbH is founded and assumes responsibility for internal plant logistics.

A further strategic step forward: Polyblend GmbH is transformed into a joint venture with the sale of majority shares to Total Raffinage Chimie SA.

The Polymer Group has founded another subsidiary, SoBiCo GmbH (Solutions in BioCompounds). Its activities focus on flexible PLA copolymers, a novel class of bioplastics marketed under the name Plactid® and developed over several years of collaboration with Fraunhofer IAP.

Polymer-Holding GmbH sells the remainder of its Polyblend holding and plans investments in bioplastics.

SoBiCo GmbH (Solutions in BioCompounds) celebrates the commissioning of the first production line in Pferdsfeld on July 5, 2022.

The positive development of the Polymer Group is also reflected in the number of employees. With around 500 employees, the Polymer Group is one of the largest employers in the Nahe region.