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Two success stories.
One future.

Both Burnus and Hychem were established in the 19th century in Darmstadt and Offenbach. Their products: Soap and candles. Today, they are united as one partner for professional laundries and represent a guarantee for a future with hygienic purity.

Burnus was established in 1836 and first operated as a soap and candle manufacturer. In 1907, owner and chemist Dr. Otto Röhm made a breakthrough with the invention of a new kind of laundry detergent based on enzymes, the first of its kind in the world. Burnus, named for the white attire worn in Arabic countries, is patented - and since then, has represented the highest standard in cleanliness and the latest innovations from research & development. 

Hychem was also established in the late 19th century and was first known as the soap and candle-maker J.P. Haas. This company also makes consistent strides toward specialization. Its growth and development continues and the company's name is changed to Hychem AG. The takeover of Hychem by Burnus in 2005 results in the combined force of BurnusHychem GmbH.
And with it, a new outlook for professional cleanliness.

History Burnus


1836
Burnus GmbH grew out of a soap and candle-making company originally founded by August Jacobi in 1836 as a small handicraft business in Darmstadt, and later developed into a soap manufacturer.


1907
The chemist Dr. Otto Röhm heads the Röhm and Haas company, incorporating tannery chemicals in his work. In doing so, he is the first person to use enzymes extracted from beef stomachs. He takes up the idea from his wife who suggested that agents which dissolve fats from animal skins must also be suited for removing laundry stains.


1914
Otto Röhm patents the first enzyme-based detergent and names it Burnus.


1916
Röhm und Haas buys the Jacobi company and puts it in charge of Burnus sales. The company changes its name to Burnus.


1920
Burnus is the most widely distributed detergent in Germany.


1931
The global economic crisis takes its toll on August Jacobi AG as well. All poorly performing areas are sold off, company operations are reorganized and the business turns its full focus to the production of detergent under the Burnus brand.


1937
August Jacobi AG changes its name to Burnus AG.


1948
All of Burnus GmbH's production facilities are dismantled and removed by the Allied Forces.

In the course of reconstruction, Burnus products are manufactured at the Röhm GmbH plant in Worms. The product range is continually expanded over the following years: BURMAT is introduced as an all-purpose detergent, BURTI as a mild detergent for delicate fabrics, TUPPIX as a hand washing paste.

In addition, Burnus is engaged in the professional detergent sector and launches TEXASEPT as the first chemo-thermic disinfectant all-purpose detergent. Further developments and markets follow.


1976
Burnus acquires the company Snoek in Worblingen, which manufactures body care products
under the brand GLYSOLID.


1984
Burnus acquires the company Sodenta in Bad Soden with the brand AROSANA.


1997
Röhm GmbH has meanwhile been acquired by the company now called EVONIK Industries. In the course of restructuring, Burnus GmbH is sold to a medium-sized family-owned company.


1998
Burnus acquires the brands KAMILL, LITAMIN, CLIFF and CREDO from Procter & Gamble and distributes them from now on.



1999
Burnus establishes foreign subsidiaries in Solothurn (Switzerland), Vienna (Austria) and Warsaw (Poland). In the same year, the Swiss body care brand SIBONET is purchased from Henkel KGaA.


2000
Establishment of a non-independent subsidiary in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).


2002
A subsidiary is established in Cremona (Italy).


2003
A representative office for Burnus is established in Russia.
The Austrian soap brand HIRSCH is purchased from Unilever.



2004
Burnus takes over the Hychem GmbH in Steinau, a major producer and distributor of professional detergent and dosing systems.


2005
Takeover of all shares of the Ernst Zeiss Wäscherei-Vertriebs GmbH in Mannheim.
A representative office is established in India.



2006
Hychem GmbH is renamed BurnusHychem GmbH.


2008
A Burnus subsidiary is established in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).


2010
A Burnus subsidiary is established in Moscow (Russia).


2015
Acquisition of the Polish detergent brand Rex.




History Hychem


1881
The company J. P. Haas is founded in Offenbach as a soap- and candle-making company.


1945
Destruction of the production facilities and move to Schlüchtern.
Lease of production capacities at the Heinlein soap plant.


1956
The company is now called Haas und Söhne and produces professional-grade detergents in addition to consumer goods.


1964
Expansion of capacity through another move to Steinau.
Production at the company Dreiturm.


1967
New construction of own production plant in Steinau. J. P. Haas is the first detergent manufacturer to introduce the deposit system and "returnable system" for containers and drums.


1969
Advances in Zirkel filter technology lead the company to produce its own dosing technology in a newly established mechanical engineering department.


1986
Change in partners in the course of succession planning.


1988
Expansion in capacity through investments in tank and silo systems. Launch of a semi-automatic production management and expansion of company fleet.


1989
Company own dispensing technology department is formed.


1990
Launch of the Trisanox system: First listed 70 °C disinfecting detergent based on H202.


1991
Launch of the 10% peracetic acid solution for the laundry industry.


1992
A zeolite and phosphate-free pure detergent is introduced.


1994
Begin of contract production of powdered detergent for competitors, incl. production of all powdered detergent products for laundries for Burnus GmbH in Darmstadt. Hychem is the first detergent manufacturer in Germany to be ISO 9001 certified. Launch of the Penta system: the market's first modular system for the complete range of work clothing.


1995
Start of construction for a new production plant with a fully automatic production control and a large high-bay warehouse in Steinau.


1997
First detergent manufacturer to be certified for environmental management according to ISO 14001. Environment minister at the time, Dr. Angela Merkel, presents the certificate during a ceremony at the new plant in Steinau.
The company is renamed Hycom GmbH + Co KG.



1998
The Liquisan system is introduced: the first electrolyte-free concentrated liquid detergent on the market. Universally and globally applicable for all types of laundry and suited for the highest quality standards, although it is phosphate-free.


2000
Market launch of the Sterisan® system – the first 40 °C laundry process for a European brand.


2002
Company is renamed Hychem AG.
The Sterisan system is introduced: the first chlorine-free 40°C disinfecting detergent (listed acc. to DGHM). Winner of the Hessen Innovation Award in 2002.



2004
The company is acquired by Burnus GmbH in Darmstadt.


2006
Company name is changed to BurnusHychem GmbH. Activities of both companies in the sector "Professional laundering + dosing" are merged.


2015
Developments in dosing technology lead to the new compact Line®, a modular system that can be adapted to meet any requirement.





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