The origin of Zakłady Azotowe CHORZÓW S.A.
2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Zakłady Azotowe “CHORZÓW” S.A., now a part of Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY”. The history of Works in Chorzów goes back to World War I, which means that we are considering one of the oldest chemical companies in Poland.
Beginning of Works in Chorzów
The first production lines of Zakłady Azotowe “CHORZÓW” S.A. were built nearly a century ago. The company activity was inaugurated in 1916 r., based on an agreement between the German government and “Bayerische Stickstoffwerke A.G.”, a Bavarian Stock Association. In July 1922 Nitrates Works were officially taken over by the Polish government.
In August 1933 the State Factory of Nitric Compounds in Chorzów merged with Nitric Compounds Factory in Mościce near Tarnów. The consolidated entity took the name of “Zjednoczone Fabryki Związków Azotowych w Mościcach i w Chorzowie”, or “United Nitric Compounds Factory in Mościce and Chorzów”.
After World War II Nitrogen Works continued their activity as a state company, using the name “Zakłady Przemysłu Azotowego Chorzów”, or “Nitric Industry Works Chorzów”. In 1991 Zakłady Azotowe in Chorzów were transformed into a company wholly-owned by the Treasury. Another historic event was the takeover of ADIPOL Sp. z o.o. by Zakłady Azotowe in Chorzów – Holding Spółka Akcyjna in December 2006 and change of its name to AZOTY-ADIPOL Spółka Akcyjna.
A part of Grupa Azoty
In 2012 the company was taken over by “PUŁAWY” Capital Group, which purchased 85% of AZOTY-ADIPOL S.A. stock from the Treasury. The consolidation of Grupa “PUŁAWY” and Grupa Azoty Tarnów in 2013 resulted in Azoty-Adipol S.A. joining one of the biggest chemical groups in Europe – Grupa Azoty.