When Ludwig Friedrich Carl Büsing and Friedrich Ludwig Fasch – at the age of only 28 and 29 – decide in 1883 to set up a trading company for dyed woods, chemicals and oils, Oldenburg is under the Rule of Peter II. (Grand Duke Nikolaus Friedrich Peter). Dietrich Roggemann is mayor and the city has a population of 19,000 (now about 165,000). The two cousins become business partners too and buy a plot of land near the station – 11 Bahnhofstraße – for the sum of 50,000 Goldmarks. Now it can all begin!
A lot has happened since it all began. Today BÜFA counts approximately 630 employees and maintains several locations, predominately in the Oldenburg region but also in different European countries.
The following list states the most important developments the history of the company, mainly concentrating on the last 20 years. A detailed history that can be downloaded is found on the right.
Büsing & Fasch is founded as a chemical trading and import company for dyestuffs and dyed woods.
The company branches out into the glass industry and takes over the firm Thien & Frerichs.
Büsing & Fasch celebrates its 75th anniversary – the new building at 9 Bahnhofstrasse in Oldenburg with a glass-fronted foyer, offices, laboratories and staff rooms is opened. (It later serves as an events venue for the cultural centre Oldenburger Kulturetage.)
Activities in the field of reactive resins start and cooperation with BASF begins.
The foundation stone for the new BÜFA Fabrication Centre in Oldenburg-Ohmstede is laid.
On 18 July Johann Dietrich Kolwey celebrates his 80th birthday.
Activities in the field of polyurethane are launched and cooperation with Bayer begins.
The new plant for the Cleaning Systems Division in Oldenburg-Donnerschwee is inaugurated and commissioned.
Separation of The company divisions are separated and restructured as BÜFA Farben und Lacke, BÜFA Chemie and BÜFA Glas.
The chemicals distribution centre for the chemicals trade business division in Hude-Altmoorhausen near Oldenburg is inaugurated and commissioned.
The strategic holding company Büsing & Fasch GmbH & Co. KG is renamed as BÜFA GmbH & Co. KG. Jan Philipp Wuppermann joins the management board of BÜFA GmbH & Co. KG.
With effect as of 01 February 2012 the Cleaning & Hygiene division takes over the shares of KS Chemie GmbH in Düsseldorf. This acquisition strengthens our activities in the sectors of industrial and vehicle cleaning.
KS Chemie is considered to be a niche provider of special cleaning applications in the paint, varnish, glue and plastics industry.
With effect as of 1 January 2013 Euroresins, the joint enterprise in the field of European composite distribution, was contractually closed. The activities were divided up between the two partners DSM and BÜFA. The same applies for the speciality business (BÜFA Gelcoat Plus KG), which as of 1 January 2013 is again under the sole management of BÜFA Holding.
Within the scope of reorganising the composite activities, the machine activities (BÜFAtecKG) were re-integrated retroactively as of 1 January 2013 into the speciality business of the previous BÜFA Gelcoat Plus KG, which now bears the company name BÜFA Composite Systems.
In May 2013 BÜFA Composite Systems was successfully audited in accordance with ISO 9001 und 14001.
We were also able to undertake and complete the planned strategic reorientation of our activities in the glass sector. Semcoglas Holding GmbH (Westerstede) assumed a 51% share in the BÜFA glass sector with retroactive effect as of 1 January 2013. BÜFA Glass is to be developed as a specialist in glass refining for interior use and complex glass elements. In the medium term the existing industrial insulating glass production unit is to be concentrated at the Semco Group location in Westerstede.
Felix Thalmann, until then management board member at Cewe Color, becomes CEO at BÜFA GmbH & Co. KG (Holding). He takes over the functions of Werner zu Jeddeloh (66) and Jan Philipp Wuppermann, who both join the advisory committee of the company. The management board of the Holding is completed by Ralf Ramke, who still is responsible for the areas Finance, Controlling and Information Technology.
With effect as of 1 April 2014 BÜFA takes over all shares of the Tricura GmbH & Co. KG, a system provider of swimming pool devices, water maintenance and spa products.
With effect as of 1 January 2014 BÜFA holds 25 % of the SODASAN GmbH in Uplengen, a company for ecological washing and cleaning products.
- 2015 At the beginning of the year a new building for logistics and storage is inaugurated in Almelo (ViVoChem BV).
With effect as of 1 July 2016 the BÜFA-i GmbH & Co. KG is founded. The start-up’s objective is to develop web-based solutions for the digitalization of the chemicals trade.
- 2017 Renaming BÜFA-I GmbH & Co. KG into chembid GmbH & Co. KG.
Integration of the activities of KS Chemie GmbH into BÜFA Reinigungssysteme GmbH & Co. KG and transfer of the business of BÜFA Composites GmbH & Co. KG to BÜFA Composite Systems GmbH & Co. KG.
With effect as of 1 January 2015 the 49 % resting shares of Semco Glas + Konstruktion GmbH & Co. KG (formerly BÜFA Glas) are sold to Semcoglas (Westerstede).
BÜFA Reinigungssysteme founds the grüner shoppen GmbH & Co. KG, which sells SODASAN products online.