History

The base for Zakłady Chemiczne “Złotniki” S.A. was the factory Chemische Fabrik Goldschmieden built in 1860’s by the German chemist Henry Bergious, the creator of a unique method of aluminium oxide production.

For the first time in the world, metallic aluminium was obtained from aluminium oxide produced in Goldschmieden.

Henry Bergious’ son received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1931. He was awarded for the development of high pressure methods of chemical reactions (the work of the hydrogenation of heavy hydrocarbons and coal in particular).

The company has always specialized in inorganic chemicals production, especially the production of salts of aluminium. In the period between the First and the Second World Wars the company was one of the biggest producers of aluminium sulphate in Europe.

After the Second World War the company was nationalized and joined the Inorganic Industry Works of Wrocław (Wrocławskie Zakłady Przemysłu Nieorganicznego).

On the 1st of January 1991 the company was separated from the structure of WZPN and became an independent company named Zakłady Chemiczne “Złotniki” to be, in due time, transformed into a limited liability company which took on lease the National Treasury property on June the 1st, 1991. Relying on its own financial resources the company managed to completely change the technology of aluminium sulphate production, start producing new products and complete computerization and creation of the modern laboratory.

On the 1st of December 1997 Zakłady Chemiczne “Złotniki” Ltd. was transformed into a joint-stock company.

On the 30th of April 2004 the part of the company that manufactures aluminium salts was sold and the “Złotniki” company was able to focus on magnesium and calcium compounds production.