Progress through change
Our name, TYFO, is an acronym for Treat Your Fuel Oil. At the time the company was founded, that was good advice. Refineries and oil companies back then faced a serious problem — fuels in airtight storage aged very rapidly. At the bottom of the tank, large quantities of oil sludge collected and, over time, destroyed the tanks. That required removal at great expense. Fuel additives which considerably improved the combustion process were therefore the first products our American parent company put on the market. In 1960, the business expanded into Europe and TYFOROP —TYFO in Eu-ROP-e — was founded. A few years later, Hamburg entrepreneur Walter Schneider acquired TYFOROP and still manages the company to this day.
The portfolio was expanded in 1972 to include heat transfer liquids and coolants, with the development and production of solar fluids following in 1979. Walter Schneider then acquired HAERTOL Chemie GmbH from Henkel in the year 2000. HAERTOL was a leading supplier of chemical products such as antifreeze, cleaning and conditioning products, and heat transfer fluids in the former East Germany. Just like TYFO, which makes its products in its Metasol facility, HAERTOL has also built its production facilities at the joint company campus in Magdeburg. The two enterprises collaborate closely in the areas of research & development and quality assurance. The value of the resulting synergies cannot be overstated.
Keeping our production facilities in Germany and retaining highly qualified employees are two key elements of our culture of quality. We also maintain representatives in a number of European countries to ensure our customers receive top service abroad.