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History

EURO-Šarm was established in September 1992 as a small enterprise with a wide range of activities like Petrochemicals, Chemicals, Paper packaging, Round timber, Aggricultural commodities, etc.

A brief history:

  • We launched the new website from the beginning of the year.
    • Company name changes from EURO - Šarm spol. s r.o. to OQEMA, s.r.o. from 1 January 2018.
    • We introduced new customer relationship management software - SAP CRM.
    • The new part of the warehouse for inorganics is put into operation.
    • We celebrate 25 years since the company was founded in 1992.
    • Increasing safety by using nitrogen to drive pneumatic pumps and empty tanks.
    • Extension of SAP ERP by SAP BW Data Warehouse Module.
    • Extending the range to 1,133 different types of chemicals and chemical specialties.
      • RSPO certification – our contribution to sustainable development.
    • Attendance at the European Coatings Show 2015 in Nuremberg together with partners from Overlack AG.
    • Expansion of assortment to 1,055 different types of chemicals and chemical specialties.
    • Completion and final approval of the second phase of the central warehouse reconstruction – storage of combustibles class I to IV and dispatch halls. The project is co-financed by the Operational Programme Environment.
    • We have the right to use the Responsible Care – Responsible business in chemistry logo that we acquired in 2011.
    • The project “Rehabilitation of old ecological burdens on the premises of Overlack (EURO-Šarm)” is completed in the warehouse in Pilsen.
    • The project was co-financed by the Operational Programme Environment. The project “Complex reconstruction of the warehouse in Pilsen” is created.
    • For the first time in its history, the company’s sales exceed 1 billion CZK.
    • The construction of the second phase of the complex reconstruction of the central warehouse in Slatiňany, consisting of the warehouse of combustibles I to IV, commences.
    • A successful transition to the SAP ERP accounting system from 1 January 2014 takes place.
    • We offer our customers almost 1,000 different types of chemicals and chemical specialties.
    • A significant increase in sales of disinfectants produced in our own factory in Sokolov.
    • For the optimisation of logistics we abandon the rented store in Brno. Delivery of goods for consumers in the Brno area is now realised from the central store in Slatiňany.
    • The first period of central store complex reconstruction in Slatiňany is approved. The new store has a size of 2,400 square metres and a capacity of 4,000 pallet seats.
    • We continue to prepare the second phase of the central warehouse reconstruction, which shall be focussed on increasing capacities of class I and II combustible liquids held in storage.
      • In the area of IT, preparations for implementation of a new ERP SAP system.
    • We achieve 75% in earnings growth in the specialty chemicals business.
    • We complete the first stage of the complex reconstruction of the central warehouse in Slatiňany, which includes the building of a warehousing hall for solid chemicals of classes III to IV.
    • We launch the project called “Decontamination of an old environmental load in the area of the (Euro-Šarm) company”. This project is expected to make a large contribution to environmental improvements.
      • We complete the two-year project “Education of EURO-Šarm company staff” co-financed by the EU programme. This project is focused on further education and vocational training including the field of language education, commercialism, PC skills as well as education in the field of human resources and company ecology and behaviour.
    • We finish the consolidation project of OVERLACK spol. s r.o. with EURO-Šarm spol. s r.o. It is carried out in the form of an “Intrastate amalgamation of two firms”. The fusion determining day is 1 January 2011.
    • We become a member of the strong international group Overlack AG.
    • We achieve a significant growth of market share, especially in the area of West Bohemia, where we begin to use the warehouse in Pilsen.
    • There we install a new sodium hypochlorite tank in the said warehouse and we also reconstruct the sodium hydroxide tank here.
    • We also launch the realisation of the project called “Education of EURO-Šarm company staff”, which is co-financed by the EU grant platform.
      • We gain certification as well as the right to use the Responsible Care – Responsible trading in the field of chemicals logo.
    • The new version of the website www.eurosarm.cz is launched – better-arranged catalogue with documentation.
    • REACH point – upcoming and well-arranged information resulting from REACH legislation.
      • Portal for prominent customers – complete, up-to-date and well-arranged information describing customers‘ merchandising with the company EURO-Šarm.
    • Delivery advice management – automated forwarding of information concerning order status towards consumers.
    • Product line is expanded.
    • Implementation of HelpDesk – a system for more effective evaluation as well as the solution of employees’ user problems.
      • Software for dispatching – control of all transport types except carriage by rail.
    • Company’s 15th anniversary.
    • Customer relation management – implementation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0.
    • The opening of the central store rebuilding, first stage, in Slatiňany.
    • Engaging an expert in the field of REACH problems – legislation, changes in documentation etc.
    • Acquisition of our former competitor PPD Chemicals (as 100% owner).
    • Broadening our range of products: pigments, fragrances for industrial applications.
    • Customer segmentation – quality and targeted customer care.
    • Representation in Slovakia (Slovchema Distribution) – turnover growth of 61%.
    • A new website at www.eurosarm.eu – an easy-to-navigate catalogue with documentation.
    • Microsoft CRM introduction.
    • A marked expansion of the range of products – besides chemicals, the company starts to focus on trading special supplements for livestock production (agro specialties).
    • The team of sales representatives grows, getting us closer to customers.
      • The team of commodity (product) managers grows, getting better acquainted with their area, developing strong links with suppliers, and assisting customers in solving their problems.
    • An increase in sales and market share.
    • The range of products grows.
    • The company receives the ČSN – ISO 9001:2000 quality control certificate.
    • The range of products is extended to include organic dissolving agents for the paint and varnish production industry (acetone, toluene, xylene etc.).
    • The Mrzkovice warehouse is closed (as it is too far from the Slatiňany central warehouse).
    • A single core business objective: chemicals distribution (the business of agricultural commodities trading was shifted to a newly established company).
    • A period of intensive development of customer base.
    • The range of products is extended (inorganic salts, organic acids, chlorinated hydrocarbon etc.).
    • Development of small distribution warehouses in Brno and Šenov u Ostravy.
    • Accession to the Association of Chemical Industry of the Czech Republic, and the Association of Chemical Traders and Distributors of the Czech Republic.
    • Two core business objectives: chemicals distribution and agricultural commodities trading.
    • Warehousing facilities for chemicals in Slatiňany (the Chrudim region) and Mrzkovice (the Havlíčkův Brod region) are acquired.
    • The range of supplied chemicals is extended by smaller packaging (bottles, barrels, containers).
    • A marked increase in the number of employees.
    • A reduction in the market share of bunker oil for legislative and technological reasons.
    • The position of a dominant importer of sodium hydroxide in the Czech Republic.
    • A sharp increase in the market share of primary chemicals.
    • Further development of cooperation with suppliers from the Czech and Slovak Republics, Poland and West Europe.
      • Other business objectives achieved: agricultural commodities trading, paper packaging, smelting products, and bunker oil are some of our featured products.
    • Delivery of chemicals in tank cars.
    • The range of products includes primary inorganic chemicals: sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid etc.
    • First deliveries of chemicals in tank cars (first of all sodium hydroxide).