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Our history

Elkem started as a Norwegian company founded in 1904 by Sam Eyde, representing strong industrial traditions and continuous improvement.

The chemical business in France was integrated in 2015 adding a strong culture for specialisation, innovation and R&D.

Our presence in China was significantly expanded in 2017, adding to the dynamic and agile business perspective, and positioning for the Asian market.

Today, Elkem is a global provider of advanced material solutions, with more than 6,800 employees and 29 production sites worldwide.

Anniversary and Creative Power

At the anniversary in 2004, we commissioned Professor Knut Sogner to write the history of Elkem, resulting in the comprehensive and intriguing book «Skaperkraft» (Creative Power). The book describes a century of initiative, determination and success, as well as disappointment and even despair.

In summary this is a story of a company with a long-term commitment to technological development. Knut Sogner adapted his book into a short English version in 2004, and he updated it with a new chapter portraying the last ten years

Download Skaperkraft // Creative Power here.

Back to the roots

After being acquired by Orkla in 2005, selling off the aluminium and power businesses, and being acquired by China National Bluestar in 2011, Elkem has now returned its main focus to the business areas that started with the invention of the Söderberg electrode in 1917.

With the sustainable and innovative production of silicones, silicon for renewable energy, silicon-based alloys and carbon products, we are looking to strengthen our position in key markets as well as to expand in new parts of the world.

At Oslo Børs

In June 2017 Elkem assumed management responsibility of Xinghuo Silicones, a silicones producer, and Yongdeng Silicon Materials, a silicon producer.

The two plants now form part of Elkem’s silicon value chain, from quarts to downstream silicones specialities, and gives Elkem increased access to the Chinese market.

In March 2018 Elkem became listed on Oslo Børs again, Elkem ASA.

As Elkem turns another decade, there are great opportunities ahead – with a focus on advanced materials shaping a better and more sustainable future, and a strategy of growth driven by operational excellence and increased specialisation.