to-30s

1874

Jones Scott & Co build explosives factory at Deer Park, Victoria (Australia).

1919

Mt Lyell Chemical Company commences caustic soda and chlorine production electrolytically in Yarraville, Victoria (Australia).

1926

Nobel, Brunner Mond and Co, United Alkali Company and British Dyestuffs Corporation merge to form Imperial Chemicals Industries Plc.

1928

Imperial Chemical Industries of Australia and New Zealand (ICIANZ) registered.

1928

Leathercloth factory established at Deer Park, Victoria (Australia).

30s-60s

1936

Commonwealth Fertilisers and Chemicals main chemical plants purchased by ICI ANZ.

1940

Alkali production (Solvay process)commences at Osborne (South Australia).

1940

Newcastle Chemicals formed as joint venture with BHP to make ammonium chloride and other chemicals.

1942

ICI ANZ establishes Botany facility, New South Wales (Australia) to make caustic soda, chlorine and other chemicals.

1956

Central Research Laboratories(CRL) established at Ascot Vale, Victoria (Australia).

1957

Polyethylene plant commissioned at Botany, New South Wales (Australia).

1965

Solar salt field established near Rockhampton, Queensland (Australia).

70s-90s

1971

ICI ANZ becomes ICI Australia.

1972

‘Sirotherm’ desalination process jointly developed by ICI Australia and CSIRO.

1974

‘Flocor’ biological filter packing installed at Bromley sewage treatment works of the Christchurch Drainage Board, New Zealand.

1976

First full scale water treatment plant using ‘Sirotherm’ commissioned at Osborne’s South Australian Alkali factory.

1976

ICI Australia and Mitsubishi Chemical Industries form Japan Sirotherm Ltd to target Asian market.

1983

New ethylene production unit commissioned at Botany, New South Wales (Australia).

1988

Watercare Division established.

NSW Rhodes (Oxo Alcohol) plant closed and volumes transferred to strengthen imported bulk business.

1995

ICI NZ acquires Chemical Cleaning Ltd.

1997-98

ICI divests ICI Australia shareholding and the independent ICI Australia becomes Orica.

1998

First MIEX plant commissioned in WA treating water for Perth (Australia).

00s-10s

2001

Orica Watercare Inc. incorporated in USA.

2002

Acquisition of Fernz Specialty Chemicals (ANZ) and Incitec Industrial Chemicals (Aust).

2004

Australasian footprint broadened with acquisition of Bronson and Jacobs, Marplex (strengthens plastics market), and Woods and Woods (expands food distribution business).

Chemnet moves into Latin America with acquisitions in Chile and Peru–QAC, QAP, AMP and Active Chemicals.

2005

Chemnet’s specialty distribution business expands with acquisition of Keith Harris Flavours and Fragrances.

Watercare and Speciality Services businesses acquire Aluminates Chemical Industries.

2006-08

West Australian strategic acquisitions– CSBP Chlor Alkali and Iron Chemicals – strengthens Western Australia market position.

2007

LATAM business expanded with sales offices and distribution centres opened in Columbia, Argentina and Brazil.

2008

Chemnet, Watercare and Chlor Alkali businesses merge to form Chemicals Group.

2015

Ixom separates from Orica as a stand-alone company and remains a market leader in water treatment and chemical distribution in Australia and New Zealand, with a growing presence in Latin America and Asia. ​