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.

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1968

Foundation of DVA by Detlef von Appen.

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1972

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

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1980

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

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1983

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

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1993

DVA branches out into the field of crop protection products.

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1995

DVA starts exploring food ingredients and pharmaceuticals.

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1998

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

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2000

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

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2001

Matthias Damm takes over as CEO.

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2003

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

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2004

The new Plastics Division begins its operations.

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2010

DVA expands the business with crop protection products into Africa.

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2015

The Brazilian operation is divested.

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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.