Our History

Dr. Ernst Gustav Cornelius


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


The Cornelius Chemical Company distribution business was established with Miss Sarah Gaetsky as Managing Director. Cornelius was later subject to a management buy out in 1986.

Mr. Ken Prior


Dr Cornelius passed away.


Miss Gaetsky retired and Mr. Ken Prior took over as Managing Director.

Cornelius facility in Woodside, Hertfordshire


Cornelius relocate to its current Woodside facility in Hertfordshire to enable expansion.


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


A new Cornelius Specialties facility was opened in Haverhill, Suffolk.

2007 - Present Day

New offices were opened in Poland and China in 2007.

In 2008, Mr. Prior retired as Managing Director and Dr Neville Prior became Chairman.

2011 saw new Cornelius businesses open in France, India and the Nordic region.

2012 Cornelius Russia sales office was established.

2012 Cornelius Nordic sales office established in Denmark.

2016 Cornelius launches new Creative Centre.

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