Perimeter Solutions was established in 2018 when SK Capital Partners purchased the business from Israel Chemicals, Ltd (ICL) – but our roots in technology development for fire safety and oil additives stretch back over 50 years and span the globe. Our PHOS-CHEK® brand of fire retardants and Class A foams were developed and brought to market by Monsanto in the early 1960s. The PHOS-CHEK brand belonged to Monsanto until 1997, when ownership was transferred to Solutia Inc. In 2000, Astaris LLC – a joint venture between Solutia and FMC – acquired the PHOS-CHEK business. In 2005, Astaris LLC was acquired by ICL and the PHOS-CHEK brand was assigned to its Performance Products division.
Throughout these changes in ownership, today’s Perimeter Solutions Fire Safety and Oil Additive businesses grew in depth and capability through a series of acquisitions. In 2007, FIRE-TROL® retardants and firefighting foams were added to the product portfolio. In 2008, French-based BIOGEMA was acquired adding the company’s background in retardants, suppressants and firefighting services to the ICL Fire Safety business and expanding its footprint in Europe. In 2013, the phosphorus pentasulfide (P2S5) business of Thermphos International was acquired, creating a global footprint for that business.
Next came a major expansion in the Fire Safety group’s portfolio of fire suppressant technology via the acquisitions of Spain-based AUXQUIMIA® and the global SOLBERG® foams business. These acquisitions enhanced Perimeter Solutions’ manufacturing capabilities with additional state-of-the-art foam concentrate production facilities in Spain and the United States and expanded our footprint in Europe and Asia Pacific. They also established Perimeter Solutions as the global leader in fluorine-free fire suppressant foam technology.
In 2019, a group of Idaho, USA-based companies, including First Response Fire Rescue, River City Fabrication and H&S Transport, was acquired to bolster our fire management capabilities. Perimeter Solutions is integrating these new businesses into our existing manufacturing and service ecosystem to expand our technology and solutions offered in the suppression sector.
Today, Perimeter Solutions exists as a global leader in both the phosphorus pentasulfide business and comprehensive Fire Safety Solutions – with a global footprint and a reputation for innovative technology and service development.