• 1900

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

  • 1950

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

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

  • 1962

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

  • 1966

    HELM dares to take the leap across the pond: HELM de México, S.A. is established in Mexico City.

  • 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.

  • 1969

    HELM U.S. is founded.

  • 1972

    HELM moves into the building at Nordkanalstrasse 28 in Hamburg, the Group’s corporate headquarters to this day.

  • 1973

    Kraeft Logistik GmbH is founded.

    Own storage areas in Hamburg’s Free Port support transhipment for pharmaceuticals.

  • 1978

    HELM becomes a family-owned stock corporation.

  • 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

    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.

  • 1992

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

  • 1993

    Science advances at HELM.

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

  • 1998

    Start to successful cooperation

    Via the marketing joint venture MIDER-HELM METHANOL Vertriebs-GmbH, customers are supplied with methanol from the TOTAL refinery in Leuna, Germany.

  • 1998

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

  • 2000

    HELM celebrates its 100th anniversary.

  • 2002

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

  • 2004

    HELM invests in the Arab world.

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

  • 2005

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

  • 2006

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

  • 2007

    Richter-Helm BioLogics GmbH & Co. KG

    HELM and the company Gedeon Richter from Hungary establish a subsidiary for the development and production of biotechnological pharmaceuticals.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 2012

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

  • 2012

    Dieter Schnabel takes over as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

  • 2014

    Share increase at Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Ltd.

    HELM increased its indirect shareholding to 25% of the shares in the production site for core products like methanol, UAN (urea ammonium nitrate solution) and melamine.

  • 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.