Half a Century of History

International competence with Hanseatic tradition: As a family business, we use the knowledge of 50 years of experience in all our decisions.


DVA began its operations in 1968 as a ship-broker in Hamburg, Germany. According to the demands of changing markets, the company evolved into a specialist for integrated services in the fields of marketing and product development. Today we operate in three divisions: DVA Agro: Crop protection and Plant Nutrition / DVA Plastics: Plastics for Engineering / DVA Health & Nutrition: Food-Additives, Pharmaceutical Raw Material and Veterinary Products.

1968

Foundation of DVA by Detlef von Appen.

1972

Horst Damm joins the company and establishes steel trading activities with Southeast Asia.

1980

In Bejing, the first overseas office of DVA opens its doors.

1983

The leadership team of DVA divides its business into trading and shipping activities.

1993

DVA branches out into the field of crop protection products.

1995

DVA starts exploring food ingredients and pharmaceuticals.

1998

Mexico becomes a new place for DVA’s food ingredients and pharma business.

2000

South America turns into DVA’s new market for crop protection products.

2001

Matthias Damm takes over as CEO.

2003

DVA enters into the markets of Brazil, Colombia and India.

2004

The new Plastics Division begins its operations.

2010

DVA expands the business with crop protection products into Africa.

2015

The Brazilian operation is divested.

2018

New production facilities go on stream in Mexico and Argentina. DVA at a glance: facilities in 20 countries, more than 300 employees, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany.