The history of DAW SE has its origins in research and technical quality which were always the incentive and objective of all the activities. Numerous innovations as well as strong growth and increasing internationalisation today have made the company No.3 in the European market for building coatings and the market leader in the German market.


Ernst Murjahn and his son Eduard of the Hamburg export and import trading company "Ernst Murjahn & Son" acquire rights for mining manganese in the Odenwald region of Germany. In the following soil analysis Eduard Murjahn stumbles on hornblende, an important mineral of the amphibole group.


Eduard Murjahn concludes on behalf of "Ernst Murjahn & Son" the first mining contracts for working mineral deposits and finds a method of refining the amphibole that has been found. In 1889 in Ernsthoften/Odenwald he founds the "Deutschen Amphibolin-Werke von Eduard Murjahn" and then begins with the manufacture of paint and plaster powders and anti-rust paints.


Robert Murjahn, son of Eduard Murjahn, develops a plaster powder paint based on lime and chalk. In 1894 the powder receives an honorary diploma at an exhibition in Kiel and is awarded a gold medal.


Robert Murjahn founded the company "Deutsche Amphibolin-Werke von Robert Murjahn" in Ober-Ramstadt in 1895. The plaster powder paint and "Murjahn's powder paint" are being produced from now on.



"Alpinaweiß" is registered as a brand name for limewash. Four years later the production of the first cold-water soluble size powder paint "Alpinaweiß" begins.



The 24-year old Dr. Robert Murjahn, son of the company founder, enters the company.



Dr. Robert Murjahn develops the aqueous dispersion binder "Caparol" with the aid of which the decorator can produce the required paint himself from pigments and fillers. The brand name is derived from the first letters of the three constituents casein, paraffin and Chinese wood oil (oleum). The new product introduces dispersion binder technology into the painting trade.


The first thermal insulation composite systems are developed and Disbon GmbH is founded for producing building protection products.


In terms of turnover DAW is Germany's largest manufacturer of dispersion paints.


The Austrian Synthesa-Chemie in Perg, Austria (manufacturer of dispersion paints, adhesives and sandpaper for the wood industry), is taken over.


Capatect Dämmsysteme GmbH & Co. Energietechnik KG is founded in Ober-Ramstadt. Capactect markets thermally insulating composites and render/plaster systems.


Founding of Alpina Farben Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG, Ober-Ramstadt. The development of the DIY segment is systematically and successfully started.



The striped elephant becomes the new company logo for Caparol. It is presented for the first time at the "Paint" exhibition in Munich.


Take-over of Lacufa AG, Berlin with four production plants from the trust establishment, Treuhandanstalt Berlin. The Lacufa production facilities are at: Fürstenwalde, Köthen, Rückmarsdorf and Nerchau. There are Lacufa offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg.


After many years of co-operation with DAW Alligator is incorporated into the corporate group as an independent brand with its own location and profile.


Europe's most modern dispersion paint factory is put into operation at the company headquarters in Ober-Ramstadt. The 46-metre high silo tower for raw materials is a visible symbol of this expansion.


The facade specialist, alsecco, becomes part of the DAW corporate family and supplements the performance spectrum of the Group as a direct supplier in the property business.


DAW is converted into a family trust under the designation "Deutsche Amphibolin-Werke von Robert Murjahn Stiftung & Co KG".


Founding of the Dr. Robert Murjahn Institute for quality inspection for internal and external customers as well as for consultancy on matters of environmental protection and healthy living.


DAW is a founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).


DAW receives the "Top 100 Quality Seal" as one of the 100 most innovative German companies. The DAW day nursery "Rüsselbande" is opened.


The Sustainability Advisory Board is founded.



DAW enters the Global Compact.



The renaming as DAW SE is completed. In the course of this, the new DAW company logo is introduced which, as a stylised bucket with handle, indicates the basis of our success: our high-quality products.