Founder Joseph Swan patents a permanent photographic image process.
Originally founded in 1872 as a metal smelter and refiner incorporated as I. Shonberg Inc., Alpha becomes Alpha Metals, Inc.
A young Scottish immigrant by the name of Archie J. MacDermid starts a small metal finishing business in Waterbury, CT.
An auto-body shop owner, a chemist, and a lacquer salesman start a business in a small garage in New Haven, CT.
Production of Textile Blankets begins and a decade later the business is acquired by W.R. Grace. This business ultimately becomes MacDermid Printing Solutions.
MacDermid expands from its metal finishing roots into plating on plastics and electronics, and also expands globally into Europe and Asia.
Originally based in Cleveland, OH, Electrochemicals in time becomes part of OMG.
Alpha Metals, Inc. begins to expand internationally –England, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, France, Ireland, Korea, Japan, Philippines, China and Malaysia.
The business is then acquired by W. Canning & Co in 1988.
Based in Maple Plain, MN, Circuit Chemistry eventually becomes part of OMG.
Product offerings now include hardcoated film applications for control panels and nameplates.
MacDermid purchases W. Canning & Co and spins off a new division in the offshore fluids business.
In addition to the W. Canning & Co purchase, MacDermid acquires Galvanevet and Ytema which brings MacDermid to the forefront as a global supplier of metal finishing chemistry.
Autotype introduces unique formable hardcoated materials for film insert Molding.
MacDermid Inc is Platform Specialty Product’s first acquisition.
The site is being transformed into the Enthone Advanced Technology Center with completion set for the end of 2016
MacDermid combines operations with acquired businesses from Alent (Enthone and Alpha Assembly Materials) and OMG (Electronic Chemicals and Compugraphics). The new single entity – called MacDermid Performance Solutions – provides an enhanced innovation and service structure for customers around the world and at every step of the supply chain.
With over 4,000 people in operating facilities across more than 50 countries, MacDermid Performance Solutions has established a growing legacy of creating technological advances that lead to improved manufacturing and lower production costs for clients globally. From our humble beginnings in the late 19th century to its worldwide expertise today, companies in the electronics, graphic arts, metal & plastic plating, offshore oil production and drilling markets have used our innovation as a critical advantage – relying on us to help them succeed now and in the future.