1863 - 1885. Solvay was created in 1863 as a start-up enterprise manufacturing sodium carbonate with a radically new industrial process. This was the dawn of the second industrial revolution, an era of a dogmatic belief in progress through science and industry.
1885 - 1914. Solvay was at the forefront of the first globalization that took place at the end of the 19th century. It was also recognized for its extensive welfare programs and support to academic science.
1914 - 1949. The outbreak of the First World War marked the end of an era and the advent of a new World order. Solvay repeatedly had to adapt its strategy to radically new geopolitical and business landscapes.
1949 - 1975. During the “thirty glorious” years spanning between the immediate after-war and the mid-1970s, the World economy was in full swing. Solvay diversified greatly and got closer to the final consumer.
1975 - 2008. As the 20th century was drawing to a close, challenges as opportunities became increasingly global. Solvay responded to these changes through adapted strategy.
2008 - Tomorrow. Recent years have witnessed an intense transformation of the Group’s profile. The divestment of the pharma business and the acquisition of Rhodia in only two years’ time radically modified the perimeter and the strategy of the Group.