Croda International plc was established in 1925 by two partners, George William Crowe, and Henry James Dawe, after purchasing a neglected waterworks plant at Rawcliffe Bridge, UK. However, Dawe opted out of the company after its first attempts to win the domestic market in the UK failed.
Corda’s operations continued to expand rapidly, especially after the world discovered numerous applications of lanolin, leading to business opportunities for the firm. Initially, the company mainly manufactured barrels of lanolin extracted from the sheep’s wool for other industries. The firm is headquartered in Yorkshire, UK and currently listed on London Stock Exchange.
The company is a leading manufacturer of industrial chemicals including the surfactants, dietary supplements, and fatty acids used for the production of other products. Today, the firm has operations in various countries across the world and manufactures various raw materials for other industries, including lubricants, cleaning oils, and paints. The firm continues to expand worldwide through acquisitions and mergers.