The company was founded in 1952. After the Second World War, the Dutch company started as an installation company for PVC piping systems. Chemical plants acknowledged PVC as a chemical resistant material for mediums such as chlorides, acids or caustic sodas. However, PVC had the disadvantage of being mechanically weak reaching low or high temperatures. The solution was to cover the PVC with a glass fibre reinforced polyester resin. This cover layer was not only chemical resistant, the material even appeared to be strong enough to manufacture storage tanks and apparatus with diameters of 10 metres. From then on, Plasticon Composites built a reputation as an expert in the design and manufacturing of storage tanks, piping systems and process equipment for chemical processing markets.
Following various takeovers in recent decades, the company now operates under the flag of Plasticon Composites and has become a global group of companies. A group of companies that designs, manufactures and installs all forms of GRP pipe systems, vessels and other related equipment requiring high levels of corrosion and chemical resistance.
Plasticon Composites made plans to open a second production location in Hengelo, near Oldenzaal in the Netherlands. In 1977, ‘KTD Plasticon Dinslaken’ was acquired, a German company specialised in the construction of PP, PE and GRP equipment fitted with fluoropolymer liners. The focus at this time was to become European market leader, so Plasticon Composites acquired Plasticon UK Ltd., Plastilon Oy, Plasticon France, Plasticon Aubert and Plasticon Poland.
Having achieved European market leadership, the group was keen to tap the potential of overseas markets. It looked to the Asian market, first launching operations in Malaysia and Thailand, while the international sales group expanded sales activities in the rest of Asia and Pacific regions.
Soon afterwards, Plasticon Composites started operating activities in North America by opening a new sales office. The group acquired AC Plastiques Inc., with its headquarters in Quebec, Canada, together with its sister company in Jiaxing in China and Baton Rouge in USA. Plasticon Composites also entered the Russian market by opening an office in St. Petersburg and Niznhy Novgorod.