Making history

Innovations that make history and achieve success across the globe.

Throughout the decades

Treibacher Industrie AG has always stood for innovation, expertise, flexibility and creativity. The history of Treibacher Industrie AG starts with Carl Auer von Welsbach. In 1885, the famous scientist invented the revolutionary GAS MANTLE LIGHT. He is also credited with the invention of numerous other products.


He founded the (then) Treibacher Chemische Werke in 1898 and focused primarily on rare earths, which remain a key part of the operations of Treibacher Industrie AG today.

Revolutionary right from the start

Carl Auer von Welsbach demonstrated that the element didymium consists of the two elements praseodymium and neodymium back in 1885.

The worldwide success of the flint, which he patented in 1903, continues to this day with global sales.

Carl Auer von Welsbach - Der Wissenschaftler gründete die Treibacher Industrie

Carl Auer von Welsbach

Company milestones


1898  -  Carl Auer von Welsbach founds the Company

1900  -  Production of osmium filaments


1903  -  Production of cerium mischmetal and lighter flints

1905  -  Production of tungsten filaments


1916  -  Production of ferro alloys


1949  -  Production of sodium perborate and rare earth compounds


1959  -  Production of special hard-material powders for the hard metal industry



1969  -  Production of vanadium oxide


1972  -  Production of tungsten metal powders and carbides


1978  -  Recycling of metal-containing waste


1985  -  Production of vacuum alloys


1989  -  Production of storage alloys for batteries


1992  -  Production of high-performance ceramics


1995  -  First ISO 9001 certificate is awarded


1996  -  Production of materials for catalysts


1996  -  Treibacher Auermet d.o.o. is founded in Ravne, Slovenia


2002  -  The rare earth business of Meldform (UK) is acquired


2002  -  Supply of API starting material for the pharmaceutical industry

2004  -  First ISO 14001 certificate is awarded


2008  -  Production of feed additives


2012  -  GMP certificate is awarded

2012  -   Foundation of Evonik Treibacher GmbH (Joint Venture) [www.evonik-treibacher.com]


2013  -  Acquisition of Leuchtstoffwerk Breitungen GmbH [www.leuchtstoffwerk.com]


2015  -  Disposal of Treibacher Auermet d.o.o.


2016  -  Acquisition of Tribotecc GmbH [www.tribotecc.com]


2017  -  First EN/AS 9100 certificate is awarded


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