Company history

1924

Heinrich van Megen founds a paint factory in Bochum-Langendreer, which produces industrial coatings for the metalworking industry.

1930

The company moves to a larger production facility in Krefeld-Hüls.

1932

Heinrich van Megen jr. Heinrich van Megen jr. takes over the managing of the company after the death of his father. Only at the beginning of the 2nd World War the continuous upward development stagnates.

1945

Karl van Megen joins the company in place of his brother, who has been missed in action during the war. American occupying soldiers leave the factory, which has been da-maged by aicraft bombs.

1953

Reconstruction after the war and the economic miracle require major investments in a new laboratory, raw material warehouses and modern production machinery.

1964

A new water-based paint for household appliances repre-sents a milestone in the development of environmentally friendly coatings.

1974

The oil crisis with exploding raw material costs and supply bottlenecks is successfully mastered.

1981

The company site is included within the development plan for a future residential development. Groundwater conta-mination was identified as a consequence of the war.

1984

Dr. Heinrich van MegenKarl van Megen jr. Karl van Megen jr. joins the company together with his brother Dr. Heinrich van Megen. The old factory is torn down and a new production facility is opened in an indus-trial estate.

1994

Only 10 years later the factory is completely destroyed by a major fire. The production can be continued temporarily in the plant of a business partner.

1995

In Kempen, a new paint factory with state-of-the-art technology and high safety standards is put into operation. New markets are opened up with the development of car refinishing coatings.

1999

The company marks its 75th anniversary. The car refinish-ing coatings with a high export share reach 50% of the pro-duction volume.

2008

Despite the looming economic crisis, the strong demand re-quires an expansion of production capacity.

2018

With Dr. Julian van Megen , already the 4th generation is active in the company.

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