1882: Pharmacist Carl Paul Beiersdorf establishes the company on March 28. The Nivea originated in Germany. The date of the patent document for the manufacture of medical plasters is taken as the date of the company’s formation.
Carl Paul Beiersdorf produces gutta-percha plasters in his laboratory on the basis of his patent, laying the foundations for modern plaster technology.
1890: Pharmacist Dr. Oskar Troplowitz (born in 1863 in Gliwice in Poland) takes over the company.
1892: The first international cooperation agreement is concluded with US trading company Lehn & Fink for the USA.
1900: Patent application for Eucerit, an emulsifying agent. Eucerit is the basis for Eucerin and, later on, for Nivea Creme.
Before World War I
1906: The first overseas branch is established in London.
1909: Labello is launched on the market. It is the first lip care product in sliding tube packaging. The term Labello is derived from Latin for "beautiful lip" (labeo = lip; bello = beautiful).
1911: Nivea Creme – the first stable water-in-oil emulsifier – is introduced. The emulsifying agent Eucerit is made from lanolin, found in sheep's wool, and is the key to Nivea Creme's unique properties.
1918: The deaths of Oskar Troplowitz and his partner Otto Hanns Mankiewicz result in the formation of a stock corporation (limited company) on June 1, 1922.
Between the wars
1922: Willy Jacobsohn takes over as Chairman of the Executive Board of the newly formed stock corporation. The first self-adhesive plaster is introduced under the name Hansaplast.
In 1924, Nivea remodeled its cream in a blue tin with a white logo.
1925: Nivea is relaunched in blue packaging.
1929: Beiersdorf shares are listed on the Hamburg stock exchange for the first time. Over 20 production sites worldwide are already in operation.
1933: Under the pressure of National Socialist propaganda, the Jewish members of the Executive...