Company history


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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

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