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2011- today: Orion Engineered Carbons

  • November 2018 Orion acquires Acetylene Black manufacturer SN2A, renaming it Orion Engineered Carbons France SAS
  • June 2018 Consolidation of Korea production in Yeosu, closing Bupyeong plant
  • 2016: Closing of Ambès plans in France
  • December 2015 Orion acquires Chinese entity QECC, renaming it Orion Engineered Carbons Qingdao (OECQ)
  • July 2014 Common shares of Orion Engineered Carbons begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol OEC
  • 2013: Closing of Sines Plant in Portugal
  • July 29, 2011, Evonik sells its Carbon Black unit to Rhone Group, and with Triton Capital: Orion Engineered Carbons is established
  • Closing of the Botlek plan in the Netherlands
  • Evonik acquires Algorax. Algorax is now known as Orion Engineered Carbons (Pty) Ltd.

2000 - 2010

  • Closing of Aransas Pass, TX, facility
  • Evonik acquires Full Ownership of Degussa Engineered Carbons LLC
  • Degussa completes construction of its Grassroots carbon black plant in Paulinia, Brazil
  • In US, and Degussa Engineered Carbons Inc. form the joint venture Degussa Engineered Carbons, LLC, combining the Degussa US plants with ECI's Baytown, TX, Borger, TX, and Orange, TX, facilities
  • Closing of Baytown plant

1990 - 2000

  • Degussa starts the German-Chinese joint venture in the field of Rubber and Tire Carbon Black in the form of the Qingdao Degussa Chemical Company Ltd. in Jiaozhou (now Qingdao Evonik Chemical Company (QECC)), and builds China's then-largest Carbon Black factory, which is the first entry of a Western company into China. Degussa initially held 40 percent of the stock, acquiring a majority interest in 1997
  • Degussa acquires the Carbon Black business of LG Chemical of South Korea consisting of two plants, at Bupyeong and Yeosu, with a combined capacity for rubber and specialty blacks of 213,000 metric tons per year

1980 - 1990

  • Degussa acquires the European Carbon Black works belonging to the Phillips Petroleum Company of Bartlesville, Oklahoma (USA). This gives Degussa full ownership of the carbon black plants in Ambès, France, and Botlek, Netherlands
  • Degussa acquires Full Ownership of carbon black factories in Malmö, Sweden, and in Ravenna, Italy
  • Degussa purchases the Port Elizabeth, South Africa plant of Phillips Carbon Black, forming Algorax, a joint venture with the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
  • Degussa acquires Ashland Oil Inc.'s carbon black production facilities in Aransas Pass, TX, Belpre, OH, and Ivanhoe, LA, forming Degussa Carbon Black Corporation


  • 1938 August Wegelin AG is completely absorbed into the Degussa Group
  • 1936 Degussa establishes the Deutsche Gasrusswerke GmbH (DGW) in Dortmund, Germany (Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH today holds 54.35% of DGW)
  • 1932 the company acquires a majority share in the August Wegelin AG in Kalscheuren near Cologne, Germany, beginning its involvement in the production of Carbon Black. (With a capacity of 160,000 tons per year, the factory is the largest of its kind in Europe today)