There is one word that sums up Croda’s story over the past 50 years: Innovation.

In 2014, Croda celebrated 50 years as a public company. Recent accolades for our innovation include: number five in the latest list of Management Today’s ‘Britain’s Most Admired Companies’; and Keith Layden, Chief Technology Officer, named as one of the UK’s Leading 100 Practising Scientists. 2014 also saw us ranked 28th in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World and retain our FTSE4Good status for the sixth year.

Ever since we were formed in 1925 by Mr Crowe and Mr Dawe to make lanolin, a unique and rather interesting wax obtained by refining the natural grease of sheep’s wool, innovation has been at the very core of our organisation.

Over the past 50 years Croda has continued to develop and expand its creative chemistry story to form the global organisation it is today. Our interactive timeline shows some of our innovations over the past 50 years against our growth milestones.

In our celebratory 50 year leaflet you can learn more about our innovations over the past 50 years including; Croda Inc powering 60% of our Atlas Point site with non-fossil fuel energy due to a $6 million landfill-gas-to-energy project; the unique textural experiences we offer consumers thanks to Volarest™, the first product from our Acrylic Polymers plant; and also information on our acquisitions, such as our 2006 purchase of Uniqema from ICI for £410 million, creating a speciality chemical company with sales of nearly £1 billion.