Two seafaring young men from Hamburg, Theodor August Behn and Valentin Lorenz Meyer
established the trading company Behn, Meyer & Co. in Singapore in 1840.
The company initially traded tropical products such as coconut oil, copra, pepper,
camphor, as well as rattan and later expanded into shipping and insurance.
In 1857, Arnold Otto Meyer was established in Hamburg. This was a unique occurance,
because the Singapore office established the Hamburg trading house.
In 1891, a branch office to the Singapore office was established in Penang. It was
a companies' first office in Malaysia.
Since 1906 Arnold Otto Meyer in Germany assumed the role as the holding company
the Behn Meyer Group. The company bought an office building in Hamburg,
is still located today.
In 1907, Behn Meyer & Co. was founded in Bangkok.
At the outbreak of the First World War, Behn Meyer had offices and agencies in Singapore,
Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma and the Philippines. It was the largest German
trading and shipping house in the region.
In 1939, before the outbreak of the Second World War, Behn Meyer had re-established
operations in Malaya, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), China and the
The company lost all its assests and offices in South- East Asia during the Second
World War, except the office in Hamburg. However, traditional trading relations
were resumed once again after 1945.
In 1953, the company resumed trading in Jakarta. In Singapore Behn Meyer started
its activities again in 1955.
Branches were opened in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. By 1958, Behn Meyer had regained
its former status as the leading German trading house in this region.
Market structures changed but Behn Meyer quickly met the needs and began the expansion
of its marketing activities for a wide range of products which include fertilizers,
agrochemicals, polymers, industrial chemicals, papers, sophisticated plant and machinery.
The expansion of the Behn Meyer Group's business results more opening of branches
and sales offices throughout SEA.
Thailand office was re-established in 1978.
In 1993, the Group further enhanced its network by establishing a representative
office in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam followed by another office in Hanoi in 1997.
The branch in Germany was renamed to Behn Meyer Europe GMBH in 1998.
Performance Additives Sdn Bhd was launched which produces and distributes specialty
addivites for the rubber and plastic industry.
In 2003 Behn Meyer Europe GMBH set up a branch in Amsterdam, Netherlands to support
its business in the European rubber industry.
Behn Meyer Polymer Manufacturing Sdn Bhd in Malaysia built its own chemical manufacturing
plant to produce specialty plastic masterbatches and specialty dispersions for latex
and dry rubber applications.
Behn Meyer Indonesia set up its new office and warehouse facilities near Jakarta.
Behn Meyer Vietnam built its new premises in Binh Duong Province, Ho Chi Minh City.
On 1st February 2011 Performance Additives has acquired the DTC (Dithiocarbamate)
and TBzTD (Tetrabenzyl thiuramdisulfide) businesses from SOlutia Inc, Saint Louis.
The manufacturing plant is based in Termoli, Italy.
In June 2011 Performance Additives opened its new plant in New Philadelphia (Ohio),
USA where specialty chemicals will be manufactured predominantly for export into
the ASPAC and European market.
New corporate Identity implementation.
Behn Meyer set up a company in India with office in Chennai.
Global implementation/migration of same SAP platform.
Doubling warehouse capacity in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Acquisition of companies in China and Taiwan with offices in Qingdao, Shanghai and
Today, the Behn Meyer Group consists of over 950 employees spread over 14 countries.
Sales activities are in Asia Pacific and across Europe.
Behn Meyer's portfolio includes:
- Fertilizers, Crop Protection
- Animal Nutrition, Food, Home & Personal Care, Pharma
- Performance Chemicals
- Coatings, Petro- & Process Chemicals, Water Treatment, Leather, Textile Processing
- Rubber, Plastics
- Paper & Board
The company is family owned, however the supervisory board and board of managing
directors is open to executives from the group other than the shareholders.