Siège historique du Groupe  Roullier situé à Saint-Malo

Our history

Key figures

  • 8 000

    employees

  • 69 %

    of employees working
    outside France

  • 102

    Products sold in 102 countries

  • 2,6

    Billion in combined revenue from the end of 2016

    58 YEARS OF HISTORY

    1959

    Groupe Roullier is founded on the quays of the port town of Saint-Malo (Brittany, France).
    The group establishes TIMAC (Center for Studies and Applied Research), our first facility for grinding maerl, whose particular charcateristics make it the ideal conditioner for acidic soils.

    1963

    In addition to maerl, the Group starts producing GAFSA phosphate, whose distinct qualities make it the world's best phosphate for direct application. At the same time, we begin accelerating our commercial growth in France via the recruitment of TSAs (Technical Sales Agents), who visit farms on behalf of the distribution team.

    1971

    The Group adds potassium and phosphates to complete its product range.

    1974

    Construction of the first granulation factory in Saint-Malo (Brittany, France).

    1979

    First industrial facilities opened in Morocco, Tunisia, Austria, Canada, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. The Group's internationalisation phase is well and truly underway. 

    1984

    Acquisition of our first research laboratory in Spain.

    1988

    Launch of our new business line: Plastics. Creation of a new research laboratory in Pontrieux (Brittany, France).

    1989

    The Group accelerates the development of new products derived from natural marine substances and begins to diversify into the food industry sector.

    1993

    Acquisition of a major wholesaler in Cognac (Charente, France), allowing the group to expand into the retail gardening products market (FLORENDI).

    1997

    Groupe Roullier begins to establish operations in Brazil via the acquisition of a fertilizer factory in Rio Grande, which will go on to become the Group's largest granulation facility.

    2000

    Acquisition of a magnesium mine and factory in Spain.

    2003

    The Group establishes Tunisia's first food phosphates factory, enabling it to maintain a global commercial presence in this sector.

    2005

    Creation of CERA (Centre for Studies and Applied Research). Based in Dinard, France, CERA is the result of the Group's desire to bring together expertise in industrial process research to benefit its business lines and enhance synergy between teams. The only one of its kind in the world, the centre's facilities include an analysis laboratory and a pilot plant - a fully adjustable small-scale replica of a working plant.

    2011

    Entry into a joint venture with shipbuilding company Louis Dreyfus Armateur for the construction of four 40,000-tonne cargo ships for the transportation of raw materials.

    2012

    Joint venture in a Brazilian magnesium mine.

    2013

    The Group expands existing operations in Africa and China and now boasts a sales force of 2,500 employees across the world.

    2014

    The Group produces 5 million tonnes of finished product across its Animal and Plant Nutrition business lines.

    2015

    Opening of the Global Innovation Centre on the quays of Saint-Malo (Brittany, France).

    Every day is a new chapter in the Group's history.
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