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About SurTec

Customized Chemical Specialities for Surface Treatment

SurTec at a glance 

SurTec develops, manufactures and supplies chemical specialities for surface finishing. With its five fields of application Industrial Parts Cleaning, Metal Pre-treatment, Functional Coatings as well as Functional and Decorative Electroplating, SurTec covers the full portfolio in this sector. SurTec is a supplier for almost all segments dealing with surface treatment, including Automotive, Transportation, Construction, Electronics & Electrical and Healthcare & Lifestyle.

The SurTec Group, headquartered in Bensheim, Germany, has subsidiaries in 22 countries with about 550 employees. It also cooperates with partners who represent SurTec in more than 20 additional countries.

To guarantee consistently high product quality, independent of place of manufacture, all production facilities worldwide operate in compliance within internationally recognised standards. Quality controls are performed at every phase of the production process, starting with raw material qualification through further processing, checking of the finished products, shipment and – finally - delivery.

SurTec is certified according to ISO 9001 (Quality Management). The additional certifications according to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 respective ISO 45001 emphasise the important corporate goals of ecological friendliness and the conservation of resources.

SurTec is a business unit of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities GmbH, Munich, a 100% subsidiary of Freudenberg SE, based in Weinheim, Germany. Freudenberg is a globally active family-owned company, which was founded over 175 years ago by Carl Johann Freudenberg.

Creativity, diversity and innovative strength as well as reliability and responsible action are its success factors. Freudenberg and its 11 Business Groups rely on partnerships with customers in around 60 countries, long-term orientation, financial solidity and the competence and experience of its more than 51,000 employees.


Vision & Mission

We are the preferred supplier of chemical specialties for surface treatment. We are unique in delivering solutions for Industrial Parts Cleaning, Metal Pre-treatment, Electroplating, and Functional Coatings.

Our commitment is to develop and manufacture high quality chemical specialties and processes to meet our customers requirements. We sell directly on a worldwide basis and provide excellent technical consulting and services. Our products and processes ensure superior economy based on price/performance evaluations. We always strive to sustainably improve our own footprint as well as the handprint of our customers.

SurTec is part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities GmbH, Munich, Germany, a member of the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim, Germany. We are following the principles and the code of conduct of this long-established and successful German family business.




For 175 years, Freudenberg has been developing innovative solutions, improving materials, and making technological progress. We are proud of our successes over the many decades of Freudenberg’s history. Then as now, curiosity has been the engine driving us forward. We have truly been Curious since 1849.

2024 also marks the start of our fifth Field of Application "Functional Coatings". 


SurTec celebrates its 30th anniversary. In 1993, SurTec started with only 35 employees. Today, we are a leading international supplier of chemical specialities with over 400 team members. From the beginning, SurTec has been aware of its special responsibility towards the environment and pioneers the development of environmentally friendly solutions for products and processes in its global Technical Centres.


SurTec acquires omniTECHNIK Mikroverkapselungs GmbH - specialist for thread locking products. The transaction also includes the acquisition of the brand Precote in the USA and marks an excellent addition to SurTecs' product portfolio.


In spring 2021, SurTec acquires the chemical business from Italtecno in Italy. Italtecno specialises in the Research and Development as well as the distribution of chemical specialities for surface treatment for aluminium alloys and steel. The product range includes chemical products for the architectural, automotive and aerospace industries as well as for decorative, mechanical and other industrial components.


Inauguration of the new production site in Vietnam - SurTec strengthens its presence in South East Asia. 

The site in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which has been part of the SurTec Group since 2009, now has a state-of-the-art production facility in the south of the metropolis.


Read more about the latest addition to the SurTec Group here.

Grand Opening of SurTec Vietnam


SurTec celebrates its 25th anniversary. Today SurTec is represented by about 400 employees in 22 countries with its own companies and via cooperation partners in more than 20 additional countries. Customers from almost all segments of the surface treatment industry worldwide trust in SurTec solutions.


Here you can read more about the anniversary celebration and 25 years of successful company history. 

impressions from the anniversary celebrations


Inauguration of the new plant in Valinhos, Brazil. Today Valinhos is one of our largest sites worldwide. Read more about the location and the opening in 2016.

In the same year, the ultra-modern technical centre at the Zwingenberg site in Germany is extended. Learn more about our largest production and development site worldwide. 

Valinhos site


In 2010 the Freudenberg Group takes over the shares of SurTec International GmbH. SurTec becomes the 4th business unit of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities GmbH in Munich. 

In the same year a separate research group for Metal Pre-treatment is established in Zwingenberg, Germany.

Freudenberg logo


Start of the field of application Metal Pre-treatment. SurTec develops and supplies tailor-made chemical specialities worldwide for Industrial Parts Cleaning, Metal Pre-treatment, Functional and Decorative Electroplating.

The chromium(VI)-free passivation for aluminium - SurTec 650 - is one of the highlights in the field of Metal Pre-treatment

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In order to further advance the already rapidly progressing internationalisation of the company, the holding company SurTec International GmbH is founded with its current headquarters in Bensheim, Germany.

Our holding company controls and coordinates the international processes of the company. With the central functions Research & Development, HSE, Operations, Business Development, Finance, IT and Marketing, it is the heart of the SurTec Group. 

headquarters in Bensheim, Germany


SurTec was founded in Germany through a Management-Buy-Out from the Unilever group, under the direction of Herbert Baunach and Patricia Preikschat.

Under the name "SurTec Produkte und Systeme für die Oberflächentechnik GmbH" the team laid the foundation for the subsequent rapid internationalisation and expansion of the company. 


Management-Buy-Out Team


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