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Shipbroker Detlef von Appen founds the DVA Group as a company providing trade and export services.
Horst Damm joins the company and establishes steel trading links with South East Asia.
An overseas office is opened in Beijing where the company is among the first to establish international representation.
The office relocates to Shanghai 20 years later.
The group’s activities are divided to form a separate trading and shipping company.
The company branches out its trading activities into agrochemical products.
Activities begin in the area of FOOD INGREDIENTS and Pharmaceutical Substances.
The Mexican subsidiary is founded for the distribution of Pharmaceutical Substances, Food Ingredients and – from 2004 – also industrial chemicals.
AGM – in which DVA now has a majority holding – is founded in Argentina to facilitate access to the market for agrochemical products.
Matthias Damm takes over the management of the DVA Group. A stake is aquired in the Mexican company VELSIMEX.
Branches are opened in Brazil, Colombia and India.
The DVA Group is divided into independent companies for the areas Plastics, Health & Nutrition and Agro, and the holding company DVA International GmbH is also founded.
Market entry begins in selected African markets, starting with Tanzania and, from 2013, the Ivory Coast.
Intensification of the DVA Health & Nutrition activities in Germany and Europe.
The new headquarters in the heart of Hamburg.