Caramba – The brand of the century for the future

Caramba is a German success story and has been your reliable partner with innovative strength and chemical know-how for 115 years. Since the filing of the first patent in 1903, our long-established company has grown into a leading B2B manufacturer of specialised chemistry for cleaning processes as well as surface modification and protection. We not only place great importance on developing high-performance products at our own production and development sites, but also on optimising the work and production processes of each of our customers.

Thanks to our analytical and consulting skills, we identify hidden potential and include this in chemical development.

The change process as a success factor

New challenges occur as a matter of course due to the speed at which markets and customers change. We view these change processes as opportunities. Only when each of our 340 employees continuously questions processes and facts and incorporates current trends, will we find approaches to improve our products and services further. In this way, we convince with individual and customer-specific chemical solutions for car manufacturers, industrial producers of metal, glass and plastic components, commercial vehicle washing and also trade. So much so that Caramba even counts among the “brands of the century” in Germany due to its high brand awareness and market presence.

Strong network

In Germany, Caramba has three in-house production and development sites in Duisburg, Bremen and Bad Kreuznach and also has subsidiaries in the Netherlands and England. In addition to internal exchange, Caramba gains even more expertise and know-how through its work with strong partners. As a member of the Caramba Chemicals Group – which is part of the Berner Group – we benefit from the close connection to companies with different core competencies but which otherwise have the same values.

Research & Development

Caramba – cleaning chemistry pioneer

Every day at Caramba, 20 scientists and experts in three research labs strive to provide you with the optimal chemistry. They develop top products in touch with your needs and tailored to your work processes.

Contract production

How we turn a problem into an individual solution

For many years, we have provided a broad and continuously expanding range of cleaning agents that are successfully used in industry and commerce as well as in the private vehicle and household sectors. Nevertheless, problems frequently occur that require a completely new and tailor-made solution. Caramba contract production is there for such cases.

Quality police

Efficient processes thanks to quality made in Germany

Lasting success means a commitment to the future. That is why we are passionate about innovation, reliability and quality. Of course, we base this on a sustainable and responsible attitude towards the environment and its resources as well as maintaining industrial health and safety standards.

Brand of the century

An ongoing success story

Caramba is a German brand that everyone knows. A legend that started with the ingenious invention of a graphite-containing spray oil called Caramba, and which has continued steadily ever since.


A success story spanning 115 years

Max Elb applied to the patent office in Dresden on 23.04.1903 to have the name “Caramba” registered and founded Max Elb GmbH. Seven months later, the patent office confirmed the name and registered it. This laid the foundation for a successful 115-year success story.

Core values

Experience values – every single day!

Like all companies in the Berner Group, we are committed to six core values. They form our group-wide corporate culture and set the framework for the actions and decisions of our employees.

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