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Company History

The Caparol Milestones

Originally founded to mine the mineral amphibole (hornblende/ greenstone slate), the company developed into a manufacturer of coating materials for the construction sector. These materials were initially powder products made from mineral pigments, fillers and the binders chalk/casein ("Murjahn's Coating Powder") and then also from size and water glass, a form of sodium silicate. Later, primarily due to the life's work of Dr. Robert Murjahn, the technology of synthetic dispersion binders shifted into the focus of the product research.  

In this field the company assumed the role of a specialist and pioneer, a role which it holds today. Above all the aqueous universal paint binder "Caparol" (Casein, Paraffin, Oleum) - later using synthetic dispersion as the basic raw material instead of oil - became very popular with German painters and decorators.

The following traditional brands should be mentioned as further milestones: The facade paints "Amphibolin", "Muresko" and "AmphiSilan", the interior paints "Alpinaweiß", "Malerit" and "Indeko-plus" as well as numerous specialties and the well-known tinting materials "Alpinacolor" and "AVA".


Ernst Murjahn and his son Eduard of the Hamburg export and import trading company "Ernst Murjahn & Son" acquire rights for mining manganese in the Odenwald region of Germany. In the following soil analysis Eduard Murjahn stumbles on hornblende, an important mineral of the amphibole group.


Eduard Murjahn concludes on behalf of "Ernst Murjahn & Son" the first mining contracts for working mineral deposits and finds a method of refining the amphibole that has been found. In 1889 in Ernsthoften/Odenwald he founds the "Deutschen Amphibolin-Werke von Eduard Murjahn" and then begins with the manufacture of paint and plaster powder and rust-protection paints.


Robert Murjahn, son of Eduard Murjahn, develops a plaster powder paint based on lime and chalk. In 1894 the powder receives an honorary diploma at an exhibition in Kiel and is awarded a gold medal.


Founding of the company "Deutsche Amphibolin-Werke von Robert Murjahn" in Ober-Ramstadt by the son of Eduard Murjahn. Manufacture of plaster powder paint and "Murjahn's Coating Powder".


The 24-year-old Dr. Robert Murjahn, the founder's son, joins the company.


Dr. Robert Murjahn develops the aqueous dispersion binder "Caparol" with the aid of which the decorator can produce the required paint himself from pigments and fillers. The brand name is derived from the first letters of the three constituents casein, paraffin and Chinese wood oil (oleum). The new product introduces dispersion binder technology into the painting trade.


Dr. Robert Murjahn employs for the first time an acrylic dispersion in his Caparol binder instead of oil. The "Caparol Oil-Free Paste" signifies the beginning of modern dispersion paint technology.


Market launch of the "Capaplex" gloss coating agent.


With "Murjahn's Latex Paint" the first ready-to-use dispersion latex paint was launched onto the market.


A dispersion paint based on vinyl propionate is marketed under the traditional name of "Amphibolin".


Founding of Disbon GmbH, Ober-Ramstadt. As a packaging innovation the 1-kg plastic tube for the AVA colorants is introduced. Forming a dough with the powder paint pigments is no longer necessary with the widespread use of the AVA tinting paints.


A redeveloped dispersion filler paint comes onto the market under the traditional brand name of "Muresko".


Introduction of the polymer resin facade paint "Duparol". With "Disbon 400", Disbon presents one of the first officially approved oil blockers.


Market launch of the acrylic enamel "Capacryl".


A modernised range of silicate paints is introduced under the brand name "Sylitol".


After the death of Dr. Robert Murjahn, his son Dr. Klaus Murjahn who has been a director since 1973, takes over the management of the DAW.

Market introduction of the automated tinting system "Capamix" for paints, enamels and renders/plasters.


Founding of Capatect Dämmsysteme GmbH & Co. Energietechnik KG, Ober-Ramstadt. Capactect markets thermally insulating composites and render/plaster systems


Founding of the Alpina Farben Company for marketing paints through hardware stores and DIY superstores.


The striped elephant becomes the new company logo for Caparol.


Presentation of internationally the first emission-minimised, plasticizer and solvent-free interior paint – "Indeko-plus E.L.F." (emissions - minimierten und lösemittelfreien) is brought to international markets.


With "AmphiSilan", a rain-repellent, but highly diffusion-active facade paint is brought onto the market.


Founding of Caparol Farben GmbH & Co KG.

The "Deutsche Amphibolin-Werke von Robert Murjahn" becomes the holding company.The marketing companies of DAW are: Caparol, Capatect, Disbon and Alpina. The group achieves for the first time a turnover of over € 250 million.


Takeover of Lacufa AG Company alongside its four plants and expansion of enamels production.


Introduction of the Capalac range of enamels and glazes.


Takeover of Alligator Company, largely retaining its autonomy.


Start-up of the most modern dispersion paint plant in Europe at the company headquarters in Ober-Ramstadt,near Frankfurt, Germany.


Caparol L.L.C., Dubai is established to serve the Middle East and Asian markets. Europe’s most modern enamels plant starts operation in Köthen in the Eastern part of Germany


Premiere and introduction of the pioneering colour shade collection "Caparol 3D System for building paints".


Founding of Caparol Shanghai with its own production for the Chinese market.

Restructuring of the Caparol Business Units.


Market launch of Muresko, the new class of facade paint based on SilaCryl®.

Market launch of the Nespri-TEC® System for mist-free spray coating of facades.


DAW celebrates its 110-year company anniversary.

Market launch of the Caparol wellness paints CapaSan (interior paint with photocatalytic effect) and ElectroShield (primer for protection against electromagnetic radiation).

The Nespri-TEC® System receives the "Federal Prize 2005 for outstanding innovative services to the trade".

Founding of the ‘Dr. Robert Murjahn Institute’ for quality inspection and certification for customers, including consultancy on matters of environmental protection and healthy living.


At the exhibition “Farbe – Ausbau & Fassade” in Cologne the product innovation “Edition Carbon” is introduced. The Edition Carbon represents the new generation of external wall insulation that is especially shock-resistant and durable due to its carbon fiber reinforcement.

Emaar Industries & Investments (EII), a private joint stock company, acquires majority stake in Caparol L.L.C., to steer the market expansion of Caparol. Founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council


Introduction of a new generation of façade paint, based on the Nano-quartz-matrix technology. This new formula further reduces the adherence of dirt particles and keeps the facades clean even longer. ThermoSan and AmphiSilan are now the high-tech façade paints on the market.


DAW is awarded “Top 100 Quality Seal” as one of the 100 most innovative German companies.


At the exhibition “Farbe – Ausbau & Fassade” in Munich the innovative color collection “FASSADE A1” is introduced. The 500 colors of the color fan have especially been selected for façades and offer the highest color stability.


Caparol Paints L.L.C. inaugurates the new factory in Dubai Industrial Park, to serve UAE and the regional market.


Caparol Paints won its first consumer choice award in the category of best paints.

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