• 1863–1881
  • 1881–1914
  • 1914–1925
  • 1925–1945
  • 1945–1951
  • 1951–1974
  • 1974–1988
  • 1988–2001
  • 2001–2010
  • 2010–2014

Highlights of Bayer in India

It all starts with a friendship between two men, plenty of natural curiosity and two kitchen stoves. Businessman Friedrich Bayer and dyer Johann Friedrich Weskott use these to conduct experiments and eventually discover how to make the dye fuchsine. On August 1, 1863, they found the "Friedr. Bayer et. comp." company in Wuppertal-Barmen, a 19th century startup with tremendous potential.

Bayer began its journey in India in 1896. Over a period of time, it has adapted itself to this culture-rich nation and established itself as a Company that manufactures world-class products.


Bayer MaterialScience is now independent under the name Covestro


2014: New Headquarters of Bayer in India inaugurated at Thane

2013: The Seeds business unit1 of Bayer CropScience opens a multi-crop breeding station in Chandippa, near Hyderabad

2013: The Seeds business unit1 of Bayer CropScience opens a new Mustard Breeding Station in Palwal, Haryana

2011: Bayer MaterialScience inaugurates a new aromatic and aliphatic polyisocyanate (PIC) manufacturing facility in India

2011: Bayer MaterialScience inaugurates the Color Competence and Design Center in Greater Noida

2011: Bayer Zydus Pharma is set up as a 50:50 joint venture between Bayer HealthCare and Zydus Cadilla

2011: EcoCommercial Building is set up in Greater Noida as Bayer’s first emissions-neutral office building in Asia


2009: Bayer Technology Services opens its first office in India at Thane

2007: Bayer MaterialScience Polyurethane Systems House commences operations in Greater Noida.

2006: Takeover of Schering AG, Berlin, Germany

2005: New nematicides plant is inaugurated in Ankleshwar

2005: Lanxess AG is spun off from the Bayer Group

2004: First Imidacloprid production facility outside Germany is inaugurated in Vapi

2001: Bayer acquires Aventis CropScience


1969: The company commences operations of a major plant in Thane

1963: The name of Bayer Agrochem changes to Bayer (India) Limited

1958: Bayer establishes Bayer Agrochem Private Limited in India


1896: First wholly-owned subsidiary of Bayer in Asia “Farbenfabriken Bayer and Co. Ltd.” is set-up in Mumbai

1863: Company is founded by F. Bayer & J.F. Weskott in Wuppertal, Germany

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