Buckman (company)

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Buckman is a privately held, ISO-certified, global specialty chemical company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Buckman had revenue of more than $500 million in fiscal year 2010. The company conducts business in over 90 countries, operates 10 manufacturing sites (Memphis, TN; Cadet, MO; Canada, Europe, Mexico, Brasil, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, and China), and employs approximately 1500. Core industries are pulp and paper, leather, and water technologies. Secondary industries include performance chemicals(paint, coatings, plastics, water formulators, wood treatment, and agriculture).


The company was founded in 1945 in Memphis, TN, USA, by Dr. Stanley J. Buckman with one product that was used to control microbiological problems in paper mills. Three years later in 1948, Buckman Laboratories of Canada was established as a warehouse and marketing company. During the 1950s, the company developed a number of biocides for use in the leather, sugar, and paint industries. Two new fungicides were developed in the 1960s. During this decade, commercial and industrial water treatment became a new market with the development of products for bacterial and algae control in swimming pools, cooling water systems, and fresh water. In addition to the Memphis plant, a new manufacturing facility was built in Cadet, MO, in 1963. Looking beyond Canada and the U.S., Buckman also formed a company in Mexico in 1963 and a year later a firm was established in Belgium, which served as the European headquarters.

Significant growth and expansion occurred in the seventies. In 1971 new companies were formed in South Africa, Australia, and Brazil. The influence of international growth during this period could be clearly seen by the end of the decade as customers outside the US contributed almost 50% of total sales.

Founder Dr. Stanley J. Buckman died in 1978, and leadership passed to his son Robert H. Buckman who became CEO. Robert’s cousin Steven B. Buckman was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in 1987. In the 1980s and 1990s, Robert H. Buckman pushed for greater global communications within the company to enhance business operations. He recounted these efforts in a book he wrote entitled “Building a Knowledge-Driven Organization”.[1] In the second half of 1991, two new companies were created to establish a presence in the Asia-Pacific region. One company was formed in New Zealand and the other was opened in Singapore.

In April 2000 Robert H. Buckman retired and Steven B. Buckman assumed the CEO position. Robert’s daughter Katherine Buckman Gibson was elected Chairman of the Board.[2] To support future growth in Asia, Buckman founded a company in Shanghai, China, in 2000.[3] The following year, in 2001, Buckman acquired the Eclipse Chemical Company, a purchase that at the time placed Buckman as the third largest water treatment company in Canada.[4]

In 2004, Buckman received the US EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award for enzymatic stickies control[clarification needed] in recycled papers.[5]

Business segments[edit]

Paper Technologies[edit]

  • Tissue
  • Printing/Writing
  • Virgin Pulp
  • Packaging
  • Recycled Fiber
  • Newsprint/Mechanical Grades
  • Water Treatment

Water Technologies[edit]

  • Chemical Processing
  • Fertilizer
  • Food & Beverage
  • Leather
  • Metals Smelting/Steel
  • Mining and Mineral Processing
  • Municipal
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Textile
  • Power and Utilities
  • Petroleum (Down Stream)
  • Pulp/Paper
  • Refineries
  • Sugar/Ethanol

Leather Technologies[edit]

Performance Chemicals[edit]

  • Oil/Gas Chemicals (Up Stream)
  • Coatings and Plastics
  • Formulator Water
  • Agriculture
  • Wood Treatment
  • Biofuels
  • Recreational Water
  • Petroleum (Down Stream)
  • Metalworking
  • Toll Manufacturing[clarification needed]
  • Textile



  • Buckman Laboratories PTY. Ltd.

Wagga Wagga, Australia
Established in 1971

  • Buckman Laboratories Asia Pte Ltd

Established in 1991

  • Buckman Laboratories (China) Co. Ltd.

Shanghai, China
Established in 2000


  • Buckman Laboratories, S.A.

Ghent, Belgium
Established in 1964


  • Buckman Laboratories (PTY) LTD

Mpumalanga, South Africa
Established in 1971

Latin America[edit]

  • Buckman Laboratorios Ltda.

Campinas, Brasil
Established in 1971

Buckman Laboratories, S.A. de C.V.
Cuernavaca, Mexico
Established in 1963

North America[edit]

  • Buckman Laboratories, Inc.

Memphis, TN
Established in 1945

  • Buckman Laboratories of Canada, Ltd.

Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada
Established in 1948


  1. ^ Buckman, Robert H., Building A Knowledge-Driven Organization. McGraw-Hill (2004) ISBN 0-07-138471-5
  2. ^ Hunter, Dave. (2001, April 25). Buckman Labs Rides the Changes. Chemical Week, 40-41.
  3. ^ Barton, Christopher. (2000, December 21). Buckman Labs to construct chemical plant in China. Memphis Commercial Appeal, Section C, Money & Business, p. 1.
  4. ^ Barton, Christopher. (2001, January 4). Buckman Labs buys Eclipse Chemical to expand in Canada. Memphis Commercial Appeal, Section C, Money & Business, p. 1.
  5. ^ Patrick, Ken. (2004, September). Enzyme Technology Improves Efficiency, Cost, Safety of Stickies Removal Program. PaperAge, 22-25.

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