ACC Beku GmbH introduces itself
The family and its history
ACC-BEKU - Herstellung und Vertrieb chemischer Spezialerzeugnisse GmbH based in the beautiful town of Edenkoben in the Palatinate region of Southwest Germany is a company looking back on many years of tradition.
After its foundation in Ludwigshafen in 1922 by the brothers Bernhard (see photo) and Nikolaus Kunz as Gebr. Kunz GmbH, Chemische Fabrik, the company initially dedicated itself to the production and sale of chemical paint stripping pastes sold under the brand name of "BRENNOFIX".
In 1966 Bernhard‘s son Helmut Kunz and his wife Christel took over the reins of the company and increased the product range by adding chemical de-coating pastes to the paint strippers. In 1974, the company started selling the pastes under "private labels". A specialisation process followed in the late 1990s, which led to the handling of isocyanates, the use of nitrogen gas for filling purposes and the filling and re-filling of inflammable substances. In 1989 the first customer entrusted ACC BEKU GmbH with his formula for contract manufacturing. Those customers have remained loyal to ACC BEKU until today, which shows the immense trust in the skills of the company.
In 1997 the company based in Hassloch (Palatinate) passed on to the third generation. Helmut’s son Matthias, who has been working for the company since 1994, takes on the running of the company together with his wife Sabrina. At that time, the company changed its name to ACC BEKU - Herstellung und Vertrieb chemischer Spezialerzeugnisse GmbH. The two components of the name stand for: ACC = A Chemical Company and BEKU = Bernhard Kunz. The first part was to position the name as closely as possible to the top of the alphabet (Google was not yet used on a grand scale and address data bases were listed in alphabetical order on CDs) and the second part honours the memory of the company founder Bernhard Kunz.
The new owners were breathing new life into the company, buying 4.2 acres of land in Edenkoben in October 2007. The building work started in March 2008, to be followed by a test run in December 2008. The last steps to acquire the final operating licence were taken in December 2009. A project finished on time and within budget. Allegedly, there are building projects where this is not necessarily the case ...!
The darkest hour for the company began at 6 am on 8 February 2017 when a large fire broke out that burned down the new built extension facility and the shop floor. Fortunately, nobody was hurt but the material damage amounted to millions of euros.
But the family did not give up. On the contrary: A phoenix only achieves its full beauty when it rises from the ashes! A small section has already been rebuilt so that ACC BEKU GmbH can put all its energy into starting to tackle the future.
As early as April 2019, work on a northern extension of the building erected during construction phase 1 is going to commence. The plan is to complete it by the end of the year. Apart from a section of the shop floor, the new premises are also going to house storage facilities for hazardous substances and further extend the options of ACC BEKU GmbH.