Food Safety

Behind every success

is a story.

Strong roots for healthy growth. The milestones in our history show you where we come from and what shapes us. The overview shows important dates from our founding up to our most recent reorientation and internationalisation. The next big date is our 80th anniversary.


  • Foundation of Gerhard Ruff GmbH, Germany (later Anti-Germ Deutschland GmbH).



  • Foundation of Penngar S.A., France (later Anti-Germ France S.A.).



  • Foundation of Medentech, Ireland.



  • Foundation of Anti-Germ Austria GmbH, Austria.



  • Group rebranding. Introduction of a uniform market presence / logo.



  • Expansion to Polish market through the acquisition of Chimtec, expansion to the Czech and Slovakian markets through the acquisition of Merak and expansion to the Hungarian market through the acquisition of Argochem.
  • Entry into the Chinese market through the acquisition of Eclean and expansion of business in Germany through the acquisition of Hyproclean, Schindler and Ekuline.
  • Acquisition of the French agricultural direct seller Primalab.



  • Management and Paragon Partners acquire the Anti-Germ group from previous owner Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL).
  • Group rebranding. New market presence and increased strategic emphasis on food safety.
  • Foundation of Anti-Germ Ibérica, Spain.



  • Foundation of Anti-Germ Romania SRL, Romania.
  • Opening of the second selling agency in the US.



  • Ardian acquires Anti-Germ.
  • Merger with Hypred into the third largest biosecurity company worldwide.