From an oil mill to a globally operating manufacturer.

Alberdingk Boley is more than 248 years young - and we are proud of it. Our history bears witness to a steady, solid growth based on technological innovation and entrepreneurial vision. 

As recent research in cooperation with a descendant of our company founder has shown, the story of Alberdingk Boley goes back much further than originally thought. Today, we know that the founding year 1772 is historically documented:

In 1772, Hendrik Alberdingk bought a company building and warehouse at Amsterdam. Originally, he was cooper and made barrels for whalers. This lead to a lively trade in oils and fats.

In 1798, Frederik Alberdingk, the founder's son, used the exemption from the guild obligation and bought mills in the Netherlands, among other things for the processing of seeds and spices.

In 1828, Franz Heinrich Boley started to operate an oil mill in St. Tönis, near Krefeld, Germany. Not far away, in Leeuwarden, Holland, the "T.I. Alberdingk & Sons" linseed oil varnish factory was founded in 1879. Seven years later the company moved to the Rhine harbour in the Krefeld suburb of Uerdingen. Shortly thereafter Boley also moved his oil mill to the strategically important waterway. The two companies merged in 1921 to form "Alberdingk-Firnis und Ölwerke AG". Three years later the company merged with the Emil Boley oil mill located in the Krefeld suburb of Linn.

Quality linseed oil used in the manufacture of paint.

Linseed oil varnish from Alberdingk Boley has always enjoyed an excellent reputation in the paint industry as well as with professional painters. Alberdingk Boley did not restart linseed processing after the war. Instead they set their sights on the future.  Imported linseed oil was refined and processed with new equipment and modern techniques. As a renewable raw material, today linseed oil is experiencing a renaissance in the printing ink industry. 

The seed of the wondrous tree holds unexplored potential. 

Alberdingk Boley founded the "Deutsche Rizinus-Oelfabrik GmbH" in 1933. Until recently, we have pressed castor seeds in our own factory –Europe's only oil mill. Today we focus on refining castor oil for technical and pharmaceutical purposes and on research in this promising field. In 1994, we were able to register our technology of using castor oil as polyester or polyol for water-based coatings as a European wide patent.

Water technology for coatings and adhesives. 

Research and development of water-based binders started at Alberdingk Boley in the 1970s.  First, we produced water-based synthetic dispersions for architectural coatings. Our continuous investment in laboratory and manufacturing capacity has paid off.  In 1985, Alberdingk Boley succeeded in developing water-based polyurethane dispersions. These products are environmentally safe and improve the properties of numerous surfaces. The production of dispersions for coatings and adhesives is one of our best-selling business areas. 

Global expansion: Close to customers worldwide

As an international leader in the field of polymerization, we recognized the need to directly serve our customers around the world in their home markets. In 2000, we founded the production and technical service center "Alberdingk Boley, Inc." in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.

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