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Established in 1935, Cornelius is a leading independent European manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals, additives and ingredients to the life sciences and performance chemicals markets.

Our Vision & Mission

To be a leading international manufacturer and distributor of inspiring products and exceptional services for the life sciences and performance chemicals markets.

 

We will achieve our vision by continuing to value our strong, caring relationships with our key stakeholders – our employees, customers, suppliers, industry bodies and communities.

 

We have an enviable past and will deliver a sustainable future by delivering expertise, innovation and excellence in everything we do.

Our History

1935

Cornelius is founded in the City of London by Dr. Ernst Gustav Cornelius as E.G Cornelius - a commodity trading business

1942

The Cornelius Chemical Company distribution business is established with Sally Gaetsky as MD

1976

Dr Cornelius passes away

1994

Cornelius relocates to its current Woodside facility in Hertfordshire to enable expansion

1986

Cornelius is subject to a management buy-out led by Mr. Prior

1978

Miss Gaetsky retires and Ken Prior takes over as MD

1997

Cornelius becomes the first distribution company in the UK to open a Cosmetics applications laboratory at the site

2006

A new Cornelius Specialties facility is opened in Haverhill, Suffolk supplying the global ocular and dental markets

2007

Cornelius expands into Poland and China

2012

Cornelius expands into Russia & Nordics

2011

Cornelius expands into France, India and Nordic regions

2008

Mr. Prior retires as Managing Director and Dr. Neville Prior becomes Chairman & Managing Director

2013

Darren Spiby is appointed Managing Director of Cornelius

2016

Darren Spiby is appointed Group CEO

2019

Cornelius Specialties and Group offices integrate under a new manufacturing and distribution strategy - ‘One Cornelius’

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