1956 - Foundation
Foundation of the “Süddeutsche Bardahl" by Helmut Hof & Kurt Klein. Sale of Additives for fuel and engine oils.
1960s – Beginnings
Production in Vöhringen, office and shipping in Stuttgart.
1960s - Corner stone for key customers
First lubricants for BOSCH power tools.
From 1969 - Development of the brand
Foundation of the company LUBRAL and sales of products under the brand LUBRAL. In 1972 Lubral is gradually converted into "Chemie Technik GmbH Production and Sales of High Performance Lubricants" and the brand ELKALUB emerges.
1979s - New business fields
The product portfolio is constantly expanded by industrial products. Initially for the graphic sector.
1978 - Expansion of production capacities
Construction of a new production site in Vöhringen.
1980s - Hannover trade fair
First booth at the industry trade fair in Hannover, still under the brand name LK-LUB.
1980s – Specialisation
Introduction of the first ELKALUB H1 products for the food sector. We currently have 94 H1-registered products in our portfolio.
1985 - Change of generations
With Joachim Hof the second generation takes over management of the family business.
1987 - Merging of the sites
Construction of the office building. All departments are now under one roof in Vöhringen.
1990s - Automotive applications
Development of products for OEM applications in the automotive sector.
1990s - Innovation in the lab
ELKALUB is one of the first lubricant manufacturers using a Rheometer for the development of lubricants
2005 - Expansion of production
To meet the increasing demand for high performance greases, the grease production facilities get modernised and expanded.
2006 - ELKALUB in Asia
Opening of a representative office at first, later on foundation of a subsidiary in Hefei, China to serve the chinese market directly.
2006 - 50 years of growth
The 50th anniversary of Chemie-Technik GmbH has been inaugurated with the construction of a new shipping and storage hall.
2013 - Green energy
75% of the required electrical energy is now renewably generated by solar collectors.
2017 - Noise measuring system
With a "more quiet" noise measuring system low noise greases can now be developed and checked in-house.
2017 - Third generation
The founder's grandsons join the family business one after the other.
2018 - Expansion of production plant
Construction of a modern polyurea production facility for the energy efficient production of PH greases.