About us

Company philosophy

We are a family-run business in the north of Berlin. We mainly operate in the fields of floristry, decoration as well as design & hobby. Our customers benefit from our more than 60 years of experience!

The focus of our company is the first-class quality of our products and the endeavor to maintain high quality standards. We rely on sustainable and innovative products for profitable growth. Our motivated and high-performing employees are the key to our success.

We act…

…customer-oriented.

Direct contact with our customers is our top priority. We act needs-based and rely on fair coorperation with customers and suppliers.

…competent

Our well-trained and competent staffs are performance-oriented and continously follow the company’s value. We promote the potential of each individual and attach great importance to a good working atmosphere.

…independent

As a family business, we act independently and therefore focus on profitable growth. We think long-term, act quickly and flexibly in changing market conditions.

…environmentally friendly

Sustainability is top priority for our products and we use environmentally and health-friendly ingredients. Ecological and responsible use of resources is also very important to us.

Management

Birgit Adam (Dipl.-Kffr.) joined the company in 1996.
In 2004 she took over the business and has been the sole managing director ever since.
Long-term, forward-looking planning and the gradual handover of strategic responsibilities to the third generation succeeded in what is not always easy: the continuous continuation of a traditional family business and the safeguarding of industrial jobs in Berlin.
The main focus of the management is on expanding the company’s internal development competence in order to guarantee the flexibility and short reaction time required today to trends and ideas.

Union Spray GmbH regularly participates in EU funding programs with its own research projects.

History

Although the future is anything but secure, the brothers Günther and Herbert Adam venture in the year of the Berlin blockade to start a business in the enclosed city: the company Union Chemie Produkte GmbH.H. They are thus continuing a family business that had already made a name for itself in the imperial era with the production of chemical products under the name Union-Seifenfabrik in Falkensee, just outside the capital of the former Reich. But the factory is lost, it is in the Soviet sector.

SUMMER 1948

The western sectors of Berlin are cut off from land and water supplies by the Soviet military administration.

The Mayor of Berlin, Ernst Reuter, appeals to the people of the world in his famous speech: “Look at this city!”

Now entrepreneurship is needed.
The only capital of the brothers at this time is their expertise and a greater stock of valuable fragrances, which could be saved over the crisis period. Union Chemie is one of the first companies in Germany to rely on aerosol technology right from the start. Initially, fragrance sprays are produced, which are sold mainly to doctors’ practices, flower shops and movie theaters for room air improvement.

Many florists are increasingly asking for color sprays to quickly color and refresh dried flowers and ceramics. They want to be able to react flexibly and easily to special seasonal color requests of their customers. The new technology, which found its way into households in the course of the 1950s, especially with hairspray, has also proven to be excellently suited for this purpose. Union Chemie’s core business arises from this market: supplying wholesalers for florist and decoration needs with high-quality color and effect sprays. And while Berlin is once again the focus of world history with the construction of the Wall in August 1961, the family business continues to develop.

Despite difficult conditions in the island city of Berlin (West), Union Chemie supplies customers in West Germany from Bavaria to Schleswig-Holstein, and soon also across Europe. The company always stays at eye level with its customers and can thus directly respond to current color trends and special customer needs.

Since 1989, sprays with environmentally friendly, CFC-free propellants have been bottled at the company’s current location in the industrial district of Berlin-Reinickendorf. Union Chemie GmbH was one of the first companies to pass the EU eco-audit and was certified accordingly in December 1995. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the market expanded rapidly, and in the 1990s customers were added to the new German states and Eastern Europe. Increasing demand in 2007 required the expansion of existing production facilities with a modern filling station for canisters.

Technical innovations and entrepreneurship were and still are the most important assets of the family company, which has been run by Birgit Adam in the third generation since 2004. First and foremost, it is a matter of recognizing trends in good time and giving customers the right products for them – today as well as 60 years ago.