1903 Max Elb registers the Caramba trademark for patent
1922 Rütgerswerke AG obtains shares in Max Elb GmbH
1929 The German Glühstoff GmbH, a subsidiary of Max Elb AG, markets Caramba. The multi-oil becomes the problem solver for the automotive world
1948 Begin of production of the Caramba multi-oil in Duisburg
1949 Employees develop a proprietary aerosol system, patent registration
1952 The spray can conquers the market: Caramba is the first German company to fill technical products into aerosol cans. The Caramba graphite oil becomes a fast seller in economically booming Germany
1965 Caramba as the first German company develops a complete automotive care programme. Based on its overwhelming success, Caramba becomes a generic term for multi-oils.
1976 The 50-millionth “Caramba Super” is produced.
1987 Caramba develops high-tech operating fuels – chemicals such as PTFE, adhesion, and lubricating grease. The 100-millionth aerosol can leaves the line
1998 The Caramba multi-oils reach a total market share of 40 percent (Association for Consumer Research / GfK)
2001 WIGO acquires the Caramba company. Caramba now becomes Caramba Chemie GmbH & Co. KG.
2004 Caramba officially becomes the “Brand of the Century”
2007 Berner S.E. acquires the company at one hundred percent. Caramba expands the B2B business. Acquisition of TEGEE Bremen producing cleaning and care agents for commercial users
2008 The Caramba Group becomes international: Acquisition of Rumler Chemie (Netherlands) as well as the Christian Maurer Group (Austria, Romania, Hungary).
2009 Relaunch of the chemical-technical professional product offering. Start of the new Caramba Professional Line
2010 Caramba acquires the Austrian company Corra (wholesale, system partner, logistics) and the Czech Apex (wholesale)
2011 The group expands further with the acquisitions of Ambratec, Kent, Matecra and ACC
2012 Introduction of the Caramba Product Categories
2014 111 years Caramba