Corporate History

A strong heritage

Synthomer can trace its history back to 1863. Following international success in a diverse range of industries, the Company sharpened its focus to become a speciality chemicals company shortly after the millennium. Since then, it has made several strategic acquisitions to consolidate its position as a premier global supplier of aqueous polymers, with leadership positions in many markets.


  • 1863

    George Yule & Co. established.

  • 1920

    Yule Catto & Co. Limited was incorporated to take over the business of George Yule & Co. The Company was controlled by members of the family of the first Lord Catto and acted as London agents for industrial and plantation undertakings in India and Asia. During the subsequent fifty years, the company acquired a diverse group of subsidiary companies and built up a portfolio of investments, primarily in British companies.

  • 1971

    Yule Catto & Co. Limited merged with Malaya General Company Limited, an owner and operator of rubber plantations in Malaysia. Malaya General Company Limited became the holding company and changed its name to Yule Catto & Co. Limited.

  • 1971

    On 14 October, Yule Catto & Co. Limited was listed on the London Stock Exchange.

  • 1980

    By 1980, Yule Catto was engaged in the operation of marinas, rubber and oil palm plantations, and had investments in oil exploration. In that year it acquired Revertex Chemicals Limited, an international group engaged in the processing of natural rubber latex and the manufacture of synthetic rubber latices, resins and emulsions.

  • 1981

    Yule Catto & Co. Limited changed its name to Yule Catto & Co. plc.

  • 1998

    Yule Catto acquired Holliday Chemical Holdings PLC, a manufacturer of a wide range of chemicals, including active pharmaceutical chemicals, pigments, dyes and metal salt compounds.

  • 2006-2008

    A range of businesses was divested and Yule Catto became a focused supplier of speciality polymers.

  • 2011

    Acquisition of PolymerLatex, headquartered in Marl, Germany, with operations in Europe and Asia, a manufacturer of speciality polymers including SBR, HSSBR and NBR latices and a range of acrylic dispersions.

  • 2012

    Yule Catto & Co. plc changed its name to Synthomer plc.

  • 2016

    The Group completed the acquisition of the Performance and Adhesives Coatings business of Hexion Inc. and sold Revertex South Africa (Pty) Limited.

  • 2017

    The Group acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Perstorp Oxo Belgium AB, a specialities chemical company.

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