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History and Milestones

CORDENKA – the timeline of lasting performance

1938 Glanzstoffwerke starts production of CORDENKA® rayon tire yarns at its facility in Obernburg.
1948   Algemene Kunstzijde Unie (AKU) starts production of CORDENKA® rayon tire yarns in Arnhem (NL).
1968   Enka Glanzstoff founded through merger of AKU and Glanzstoff. CORDENKA becomes part of the Enka Glanzstoff Industrial Fibers business unit.
1969   Akzo founded through merger of AKU and KZO (Koninklijke Zout Organon). Fibers business continues as Enka Glanzstoff.
1977   Enka Glanzstoff renamed "Enka".
1988   Enka Fibers business becomes Akzo Fibers.
1994   Akzo Nobel formed through merger with Nobel Industries.
1998   Industrial Fibers business unit becomes the independent legal entity Akzo Nobel Industrial Fibers within Akzo Nobel.
1999   Akzo Nobel Industrial Fibers integrates into Acordis, and continues its operations as Acordis Industrial Fibers.
2002   The company leaves Acordis Industrial Fibers and becomes an independent business, operating under the name CORDENKA GmbH, with headquarters in Obernburg.
2003   Start of converting production in Gorzów/Poland.
2004   CORDENKA expands rayon production capacity at its Obernburg headquarters to 32,000 tons per year.
2009   Expansion of converting production from 14.000 up to 18.000 tons per year.
2011   Purchase of CORDUS converting plant, situated in Muehlhausen/Thueringen in Germany.

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