• 2018

    With the participation in the Swiss company Phargentis, HELM develops the advanced therapy of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • 2018

    HELM establishes Methanol Joint Venture

    HELM Proman Methanol AG is established on 01 July, in which HELM participates as a majority shareholder along with two long-term business partners. The newly established company is structured as a sales and distribution platform and has a head office in Europe, Asia and America respectively. This creates the optimal conditions for access to key international markets and secures the supply of Methanol to North America.

  • 2018

    North America’s largest methanol plant comes onstream

    The Texan production plant Natgasoline LLC, in which HELM has a participation, commences operation in June. With an annual production capacity of 1.75 mt it is one of the largest plants of this type in the world.

  • 2015

    Tianjin Sales Office was opened to focus on chemical distribution activities in the Bohai Bay region.

  • 2015

    HELM opens regional Head Office in Singapore

    By opening a regional Head Office in Singapore, HELM generates a dynamic growth in Asia’s emerging markets.

  • 2014

    Chengdu Sales Office was inaugurated to focus on chemical distribution activities in Western China.

  • 2013

    Department of Fertilizer was established for product exports from China.

  • 2012

    Dieter Schnabel takes over as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

  • 2012

    Chemical distribution reached RMB 500 million of annual sales in China.

  • 2012

    Hans-Christian Sievers becomes Chairman of the Executive Board of HELM AG on 1 January.

  • 2010

    The first shipments of methanol and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) arrived in China from HELM AG’s joint venture in the Middle East.

  • 2010

    HELM takes a stake in Amarin Technologies.

    HELM takes a stake in Amarin Technologies, S.A., Buenos Aires and therefore, in the development of special trans-dermal healing plasters with active ingredients.

  • 2009

    In Saudi Arabia, production begins with 330,000 metric tons of vinyl acetate monomer and 460,000 metric tons of acetic acid per annum.

    Of these production volumes, HELM markets 300,000 metric tons and 180,000 metric tons, respectively.

  • 2009

    HELM China Co., Ltd., a wholly foreign-owned enterprise, was formed to consolidate business operations at China level and start local distribution across the country.

    Beijing Representative Office, Shanghai Representative Office and HELM Guangzhou Co., Ltd. were closed, with teams and business consolidated under HELM China.

  • 2007

    The Oman Methanol Company, in which HELM holds a stake, starts to operate the production plant in Sohar.

    1.05 million metric tons of methanol are produced there each year. HELM is the exclusive marketing partner.

  • 2006

    Sales revenues of the HELM Group exceed the 5 billion Euro mark for the first time, at Euro 5,811,355.

  • 2005

    With Saudi partners HELM founds a joint venture in order to produce acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer.

  • 2004

    HELM invests in the Arab world.

    HELM takes a stake in the Oman Methanol Company (OMC) in Sohar.

  • 2002

    Foundation of a legally independent distribution company in Guangzhou, China, and establishment of a distribution business for chemicals

  • 2000

    HELM celebrates its 100th anniversary.

  • 1999

    The Crop Protection division presents its first own formulation development.

    The combination product Fungomil controls downy mildew, leaf blights and rots in vines, fruits and vegetables.

  • 1998

    HELM takes a stake in establishing a tank terminal in the port of Cochin, India.

  • 1993

    Science advances at HELM.

    The first in-house developed pharmaceutical generic medication Calcitonin, used to combat osteoporosis, is rolled out on the market.

  • 1992

    HELM participates in establishing a tank terminal in the port of Ningbo, People’s Republic of China.

  • 1988

    Opening of our Shanghai Office.

  • 1984

    HELM begins with marketing methanol from Trinidad & Tobago.

    Today 4.1 million mt of methanol per annum are produced in five plants at that location.

  • 1984

    Dieter Schnabel becomes Chairman of the Executive Board.

    Hermann Schnabel hands the management of HELM AG over to his son with the words: "Take care Dieter." The development from trading to international marketing begins.

  • 1984

    Opening of our Beijing Representative Office.

    This is followed by further opening in Shanghai (1988).

  • 1981

    Start Business in China, Beijing

  • 1979

    The fertilizer business is further extended.

    HELM establishes the subsidiary HELM Düngemittel GmbH. 2014 the fertilizer activities were integrated into HELM AG as Business Unit Fertilizer.

  • 1978

    HELM becomes a family-owned stock corporation.

  • 1967

    Now the focus also lies on Asia: HELM Japan Ltd. is founded in Tokyo. In the following decades, the international expansion was intensively pursued.

  • 1962

    The first foreign subsidiary is established: HELM Skandinavien A/S, Copenhagen.

  • 1950

    Hermann Schnabel takes over the company from Karl O. Helm.

    With primary focus on chemicals he constitutes the company that today operates worldwide.

  • 1900

    Karl O. Helm establishes an import-export company in Hamburg for merchandise of every description.