Royal Utermöhlen's History

What once started as a business specializing in the production of bandages in Amsterdam in 1880 became a Royal company, which has evolved into both a national and international player in the field of over-the-counter products. You can read more about our rich history and the development of our company below.

 

 

1880
The establishment of Utermöhlen
The establishment of Utermöhlen

Utermöhlen was established by Carl Friedrich Utermöhlen. The business was located in Amsterdam and was run by the Utermöhlen family for many years.

1901
“Royal Distinction”
“Royal Distinction”

Utermöhlen received the “Royal Distinction”. This royal distinction was awarded due to the invention of the first aid dressing which saved many soldiers’ lives on the battle fields. This invention was of national importance as it quickly stemmed the heavy bleeding from (gunshot) wounds. 

1947
Utermöhlen goes to the stock market
Utermöhlen goes to the stock market
1972
Utermöhlen leaves the stock market

The business is taken over by an international pharmaceutical company: ACF. Utermöhlen is leaving the stock market. 

1989
Royal Utermöhlen relocates to Wolvega
Royal Utermöhlen relocates to Wolvega
1990
Utermöhlen is bought by OPG
Utermöhlen is bought by OPG

Following its flotation in the 1950s, Utermöhlen became part of OPG, a wholesaler in the pharmaceutical sector, in the 1970s. 

1998
Utermöhlen becomes an independent family business again
Utermöhlen becomes an independent family business again

Utermöhlen becomes an independent family business again in 1998 following a management buyout by Mr. D.T. van der Vat. 

2005
Launch of ByeBites brand
Launch of ByeBites brand

Utermöhlen launches the ByeBites consumer brand. This is a complete new range with preventive and curative insect bite oriented products. A move which branched out into a new category.

2005
Launch of HeltiQ brand
Launch of HeltiQ brand

HeltiQ, a new wound care brand, is launched onto the consumer market. It is backed by Utermöhlen's quality guarantee. The brand continues to diversify its range with a number of over-the-counter products for minor skin ailments during the course of the next few years.

2014
Utermöhlen worldwide

In close collaboration with our distributors, our products are exported worldwide.

2018
Utermöhlen is sold and gets new owners
Utermöhlen is sold and gets new owners

Former owner Don T. van der Vat sells the company to Martin Pereboom and Piet Bandell after having been active in the company for 30 years.

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