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1902 Charles W. Engelhard, Senior, founded the company when he purchased the Charles F. Croselmire Company in Newark, New Jersey.

1903 Engelhard founded the American Platinum Works and acquired several other companies.

1904 He purchased Baker & Co., a platinum smelting and refining business located in Newark

1905 He established Hanovia Chemical and Manufacturing Company also in Newark.

Engelhard became the world's largest refiner and fabricator of platinum metals, gold and silver, a producer of silver and silver alloys in mill forms, operator of the world's largest precious metals smelter. They also developed liquid gold for decorative applications.[1]

1958 Charles Engelhard, Junior, consolidated the family's holdings into Engelhard Industries Inc

1960 Public offering of shares in Engelhard Industries Inc; the remaining 80 percent of the stock was held by Engelhard Hanovia Inc, an Englehard family company[2]

1967 Engelhard Industries Inc merged with Minerals and Chemicals Philipp Corporation to form Engelhard Minerals and Chemicals Corporation[3]

1973 Created the first production catalytic converter for automobiles[4]

2006 Acquired by BASF

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Wikipedia
  2. The Times June 4, 1960
  3. 1968 Annual report
  4. Wikipedia