Recochem is a Canadian owned, privately held company with a reputation for aggressive market penetration and a diverse distribution network. Since our inception in 1951, we have developed a strong reputation for innovation, flexibility, strong growth and socially responsible business ethics. Our reputation has earned us many recognition and appreciation awards from major retailers and has forged strong relationships with suppliers around the world. The Company, founded by Mr. Joseph Kuchar, has grown into a diversified and highly automated global entity.

Recochem Australia

In 1975, Mr Joseph Kuchar saw the opportunity to secure the Australian market for chlorinated benzene products and a plant was purchased in Brisbane. Until 1979 para-Dichlorobenzene was imported by Recochem in a form that required minimal processing, but with the sophisticated plant in Brisbane we gained the capability to produce para-Dichlorobenzene and ortho-Dichlorobenzene in sufficient quantities to meet the entire Australian demand. Recochem, because of this production facility, dominated the Australian market as a supplier of dichlorobenzene and has continued to do so throughout the subsequent years.

In 1986, the Australian Industrial Division was established, followed in quick succession by the expansion into solvents in 1987 and the development of the Consumer Division in 1988. In 1993, a facility in Melbourne was acquired followed by Perth in 1996, Sydney in early 2000 and Adelaide in 2006 which expanded Recochem Australia’s ability to reach the entire Australian market. Recochem acquired the Diggers in November 2006, a well established hardware brand based in SA with origins heralding back to World War 2.

Recochem Values

Focus on the Customer.
Maintain Integrity.
Act with a Sense of Urgency.
Foster Teamwork and Mutual Respect.
Promote and Recognise Innovation and Creativity.
Strive for Operational Excellence.


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