In 1922, Heinrich and Lutz Overlack, two brothers whose father owned a brickworks in Krefeld, started their own company in Mönchengladbach – Gebr. Overlack Chemische Fabrik GmbH. The purpose of their business was to produce and trade chemical raw materials for customers of their region’s industries. For the first few years, their customers mainly came from the textile industry, an industry that was booming in Mönchengladbach at that time.
What started out as a relatively small company turned into a major global retail group over the decades that followed. After undergoing several legal restructuring processes, today the company is managed by CEO Peter Overlack, representing the third generation to run the company.