Company History

Summit Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd. is a 100% subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, one of the world’s leading integrated global trading firms with trade, distribution and diversified industrial consumer goods, based in Tokyo/Japan.

Ideally located in Düsseldorf, London and Milan, Summit Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd. is a trusted distribution partner with a lean, passionate organization dedicated to the cosmetic industry. We offer an attractive selection of substances and raw materials from carefully selected first-class manufacturers. In excellent cooperation with our strong partners we cover the distribution of our personal care ingredients throughout all Europe, Middle East and Africa. Through our Sumitomo Corporation network with other sister companies we are able to offer a full service worldwide.

Timeline

1989

DAIICHI FINE CHEMICAL EUROPE GmbH (Düsseldorf/Germany) was founded as a subsidiary of DAIICHI PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD., a traditional Japanese company that started in 1946 producing bulk pharmaceutical products. Thereafter it gradually established itself as one of the leading manufacturers of pantothenic acid derivatives (pro-vitamin B5)

2001

Summit Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd. was established in London, spinning out the Pharma business from Sumitomo Corporation Europe and Summit Chemicals Europe.

2005

DAIICHI PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD. merged with SANKYO, becoming DAIICHI SANKYO CO., LTD.

2007

KYOWA HAKKO KOGYO CO., LTD., actually KYOWA HAKKO BIO Co., LTD., acquired DAIICHI FINE CHEMICAL CO., LTD./Japan including its European subsidiary based in Düsseldorf (Germany).

KYOWA HAKKO BIO CO., LTD., is a research company with extensive know-how about biotechnology, being one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fermented bulk products such as amino and nucleic acids.

2009

Daiichi Fine Chemical Europe GmbH became the cosmetic division of Kyowa Hakko Europe GmbH, sharing same office premises in Düsseldorf (Germany)

2015

Summit Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd. acquired the Daiichi Fine Chemical Division of Kyowa Hakko Europe GmbH.