It all started with a friendship between two men, plenty of natural curiosity and two kitchen stoves. Businessman Friedrich Bayer and dyer Johann Friedrich Weskott use these to conduct experiments and eventually discover how to make the dye fuchsine. On August 1, 1863, they found the "Friedr. Bayer et. comp." company in Wuppertal-Barmen, a 19th century start-up with tremendous potential.
Covestro is listed on the German Stock Exchange.
Bayer MaterialScience changes its name to Covestro.
Bayer appoints Alchemy Agencies to distribute Bayer MaterialScience products to its New Zealand and Pacific Island customers.
Bayer sells Laserlite® to Impack Pratama.
Bayer appoints Connell Brothers Australia as a distributor to support customers in the coatings and adhesives market in Australia.
Laserlite® Australia merges with Bayer MaterialScience to form Bayer MaterialScience Pty Ltd.
Bayer spins off its chemical business and one third of its polymers business to create market leading specialty chemical company Lanxess AG.
Bayer becomes the world's biggest producer of raw materials for polyurethanes.
Bayer develops Dralon, a synthetic fibre dryspun acrylic fabric that revolutionises the fashion industry.
Bayer discovers polycarbonate.
Bayer researcher, Otto Bayer invents polyurethanes.
Perbunan rubber is developed. Bayer continues research into malaria medication.
Henry H York sets up company offices in New Zealand and Australia to distribute Bayer products.
Research into the synthesis of rubber begins and Bayer has the first patent in production by 1909.
A joint stock company Farbenfabriken vorm. Friedr Bayer is formed and by 1883 employs 300 people.