Corporate Milestones


Bayer is recognized as India’s Best Employers in 2020 by Kincentric



Bayer received a 'Great Places to Work' certification



Bayer completes Monsanto integration in India in September.

A new plant is inaugurated at Bayer‘s Himatnagar site, strengthening our manufacturing footprint in Gujarat.

Bayer India wins ‘Aon Best Employer in India 2019’ award for the third time in a row



Bayer concludes process to sell Covestro.

Globally, Bayer closes Monsanto acquisition. Shares in the U.S. company will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange, with Bayer now the sole owner of Monsanto Company.

Bayer India wins ‘Aon Best Employer in India 2018’ award.

Bayer India wins the Mercer NDTV Employer Excellence Award 2018

Bayer is once again listed among the Working Mother & AVTAR '100 Best Companies for Women in India 2018'



In November, Bayer kicks off ‘LEAPS‘ globally as a new approach to complement the existing R&D capabilities and which aims to enable breakthrough innovations across healthcare and agriculture.

Bayer India wins ‘Aon Best Employer in India 2017’ award.

Bayer is listed among the Working Mother & AVTAR ‘100 Best Companies for Women in India 2017‘



In May Werner Baumann becomes the new CEO of Bayer AG. Baumann has been a member of the Board of Management since January 2010 and was most recently responsible for Strategy and Portfolio Management.

In September, Bayer and Monsanto sign a binding merger agreement. This creates the legal framework for the acquisition of Monsanto for a cash price of USD 128 per share. Monsanto stockholders vote in favor of the merger at an extraordinary stockholders’ meeting in December. The transaction is subject to the customary closing conditions, including the required regulatory approvals.




Bayer MaterialScience has been operating since 1 September under the name Covestro. The company is economically and legally independent, but initially remains a subsidiary of Bayer AG. On October 6, the Covestro AG made her debut on the stock market.

Following the economic and legal separation of Covestro, Bayer charters the course for its successful development as a Life Science company with the company’s business restructured into three divisions: Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Crop Science.

Bayer inaugurates a new Global Formulation Technology Laboratory at its manufacturing site in Vapi, Gujarat, India, which is a production site for active ingredients for the Crop Science division of Bayer globally.

Bayer is once again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Bayer is thus one of very few companies worldwide to have qualified for the 16th time in succession for one of the most important sustainability indices. This underlines Bayer’s position as one of the leading sustainably-driven companies in the pharmaceutical industry, the sector to which the company is assigned in this index.



New Headquarters of Bayer South Asia inaugurated at Thane



Bayer celebrates its 150th anniversary across the globe.

The Seeds business unit (Bayer BioScience Pvt. Ltd.) of Bayer CropScience, India opens a multi-crop breeding station in Chandippa, near Hyderabad and a Mustard Breeding Station in Palwal, Haryana.



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




Takeover of Schering AG, Berlin, Germany.



Lanxess AG is spun off from the Bayer Group.



First Imidacloprid production facility outside Germany is inaugurated in Vapi



Bayer acquires Aventis CropScience.




The company commences operations of a major plant in Thane.


The name of Bayer Agrochem changes to Bayer (India) Limited.


Bayer CropScience Ltd. – the listed entity for Bayer in India - was incorporated on September 9, 1958.

Bayer establishes Bayer Agrochem Private Limited in India.




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


Company is founded on August 1, 1863 by dye salesman Friedrich Bayer and the master dyer Johann Friedrich Weskott in Wuppertal, Germany - a 19th century startup with tremendous potential.