Eberhard Harke

The chronicle of HARKE GROUP

1965
SYNTANA Handelsgesellschaft E. Harke GmbH & Co. KG is founded

1966
First to import Spanish and Italian industrial chemicals to Germany

1968
The office in Tokyo, Japan, is founded

1970
Start of business with pharmaceutical excipients from Japan

1973

Start of business with special plastics

1976
Move and expansion to the offices Delle, Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany

1978
Takeover of the distribution of industrial chlorine-alkali products from France

1978

The sales office in Munich, Germany, is founded

1983
Spin-off of the constantly growing pharmaceutical business into SYNTAPHARM Gesellschaft fuer Pharmachemie mbH, Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany

1984
Expansion of the chlorine-alkali activities by coorporation with additional French and Italian partner companies

1985

Volker Scherges is appointed Managing Director of SYNTANA

1986
Start of distributing pure and electronic chemicals

1988
Hans Michael Lier is appointed Managing Director of SYNTAPHARM

1990
Business with health-food functional ingredients and food additives begins

1992
Thorsten Harke joins the board of directors of HARKE GROUP

1992
The sales office in Hamburg, Germany, is founded

1994
Eberhard Harke retires, Thorsten Harke takes over presidency of HARKE GROUP

1995
Start of distributing machines and equipment technology for nanomaterials

1997
SYNTANA Eco-Services is founded

1998
The sales offices in Warsaw, Poland, and Istanbul, Turkey, are founded

1999
Introduction of SAP/R3

1999
Set-up of further departments (plastics, electronics, detergents etc.)

2000
SYNTANA Japan AG, Kyoto, is founded

2000
Start-up of SYNTANA's e-business concepts on basis of mySAP.com

2001
Move to the newly erected company building at Xantener Strasse, Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany

2001
SYNTANA first Responsible Care Certification, SYNTANA and SYNTAPHARM first Quality Management System Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000

2001
CAREFIT GmbH is founded

2002
Takeover of AICELLO Chemical Europe GmbH

2004
SYNTAPACK GmbH is founded

2005
AICELLO Chemical Europe first Quality Management System Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000

2006
Dirk Forler joins the board of directors

2007
Hans Michael Lier retires as Managing Director, Dr. Jörg Brunemann takes over his position as Managing Director of SYNTAPHARM

2007
Volker Scherges retires as Managing Director, Dirk Forler takes over his position as Managing Director of SYNTANA

2009
Launch of the new corporate identity and change of name:
SYNTANA GmbH to HARKE Chemicals GmbH
SYNTAPHARM GmbH to HARKE Pharma GmbH
SYNTAPACK GmbH to HARKE PackServ GmbH

2010
HARKE PackServ first Quality Management System Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008

2010
Jörg Hans is appointed Managing Director of HARKE PackServ GmbH, from now on he assumes the company management together with Jörn Fricke

2012
Dirk Forler is appointed Managing Director of AICELLO Chemical Europe GmbH, from now on he assumes the company management together with André Schellberg

2012
André Schellberg is appointed Managing Director of HARKE PackServ GmbH

2012
HARKE Italia S.R.L. is founded

2012
Takeover of SEPULCHRE Chemical Distribution S.A. – together with its subsidiaries Sepulchre Hungary Kft. and Sepulchre Romania S.R.L. as well as a sales office in Poland (Warsaw)

2013
HARKE Türkiye ltd. is founded

2014
OOO HARKE RUS is founded

2014

HARKE Polska Sp. z o.o. is founded

2015
GHP Sp. z o.o. Sp. k. is founded

2017
Reorganization and change of name:
Sepulchre Hungary Kft. to HARKE Hungary Bt.
SEPULCHRE Romania S.R.L. to HARKE Romania SCS