History

Hallstar was formed in Chicago in 1986 by a team with extensive experience and proven leadership on both the scientific and business sides of the chemical industry. They established a strong research and development base focused on ester chemistry innovation for industrial applications.

In the early 2000s, Hallstar began expanding through strategic acquisitions of well-known, quality industrial brands. Seeing a natural extension of its ester chemistry expertise, Hallstar also began acquiring leading companies, significantly broadening its market focus. Hallstar also grew organically through internal innovation and advances in research, technology, regulatory expertise and a robust quality control process.

Hallstar continued to expand its global presence, increasing exports to Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and establishing facilities on nearly every continent. Today, Hallstar has an extensive portfolio of patented technology and remains an independent, agile company with an ownership-oriented culture and loyal customer relationships.

1986

The Hallstar Company is formed in Chicago, Illinois, by a group of business leaders and scientific experts. The formation of Hallstar transformed a long-time chemical distributor into a specialized industrial esters and plasticizers manufacturer.

1998

Granted the first patent for photoprotection, which has transformed skin and sun care formulations across the globe

2001

Through select acquisitions Hallstar entered the Beauty & Personal Care markets

2011

Acquired market-leading B&T Company and Biochemica International to align with changing demands, consumer preferences, sustainability goals and more

2012

Acquired TP-Series Specialty Ester Plasticizers from Dow Chemical

2014

Acquired the Florasolvs® botanically-based product line

2015

Opened lab and research and development center in China

2015

Acquired Fortinbras Comercial e Industrial Ltda, a specialty chemical manufacturer based in Jaguariúna, SP Brazil