BTC Europe GmbH was founded under the name of Tensid-Chemie Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH on 1 July 1969 by BASF together with Düren-based chemicals merchant Hans Otto Hummel. The company was founded with a view to marketing surfactants and chelating agents in Germany, focusing primarily on small and medium-sized customers.
When Hans Otto Hummel retired from Tensid-Chemie in 1979, BASF Ludwigshafen became sole shareholder of Tensid-Chemie Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH. In 1993 Tensid-Chemie relocated its headquarters from Düren to Cologne.
In September 2002 BASF is bundling the former BASF trading organizations under the roof of BTC. For all major markets in western Europe distribution companies are set up: Germany (previously Tensid Chemie), France (previously BASCOM), Italy (previously BASF Trading Chemicals), Belgium and the Netherlands (previously BASCOM), Austria (previously BASF ChemTrade), Switzerland (previously BASCOM AG), the nordic countries Sweden, Denmark, Finnland, Norway und Island (previously BASIS Kemi), Spain (previously Norteña de Distributión, known as Nordisa), Portugal (previously Margo) and United Kingdom/Ireland (previously Cheadle Colour & Chemicals).
BTC Europe GmbH is moving ist headquarter from Cologne to Monheim in March 2013. The renaming as well as the move have no impact on BTC being a 100% BASF group company.
Since July 1st 2013 the BTC companies outside Germany are merged into the local BASF companies. The local teams are unchanged and furtheron act in the BTC Chemical Distribution Divisions of the local BASF companies being the agents of BTC Europe GmbH. BTC Europe GmbH customers have unchanged service and contact partners under the brand of BTC. BTC stays your reliable partner all over Europe, standing for expertise in the speciality chemical distribution business.
With effect as of August 1st, 2013, BASF ChemTrade GmbH has been merged into BTC Europe GmbH. The BASF ChemTrade GmbH product portfolio is now available from BTC Europe GmbH. The BASF ChemTrade customers have unchanged service and contact partners under the brand of BTC.