Company History

  • 2021

    We are the new KANSAI HELIOS Group

    With KANSAI PAINT, as one of the top 10 paint manufacturers worldwide, and HELIOS as a specialist for coatings, paints, chemicals, resins and adhesives in Europe, we are pooling our entire wealth of experience and combining our strengths in production, technology, research & development and environmental and sustainability management in Europe under the new name KANSAI HELIOS.

  • 2017

    Helios, Member of a Global Coatings Group

    With the closing of transaction on 31 March 2017, Kansai Paint Co., Ltd. acquired European coating manufacturer HELIOS. Under the strategic owner KANSAI PAINT, HELIOS represents a European center of innovation, know-how and business development, and therefore further grows its importance in European coating industry.

  • 2016

    Helios, European Coatings Group

    The consolidation of companies Helios and Ring is complete. A new, enlarged Helios - European Coatings Group with headquarter in Slovenia has companies and manufactures located in 18 countries worldwide and is an umbrella for many renowned brands. Helios remains a flagship brand, expressing the knowledge, quality and tradition in coating industry, along with new strengths, synergies and higher customer orientation. The group operates among top 10 coating companies in Europe and maintains the vision to become one of the greatest coating companies in Europe.

  • 2014

    Helios Acquired by Ring

    Austrian Ring International Holding AG (RIH) became a strategic partner and a new majority shareholder of the Slovene coatings group Helios Domžale, d.d. Helios was the first acquired company from a list of 15 planned privatizations in Slovenia. The strategic partner Ring already had a long track record of successful acquisitions and integrations of coating companies with recognition.

  • 2010

    The era of RIH acquisitions

    From 2006 to 2010 in only 4 year period, RIH acquired and integrated important coating companies with track record and coating manufacturing tradition of more than 150 years: Rembrandtin (2006) Iris Lacke (2007), Christ Lacke (2007), Fritze Lacke (2008), Ecopolifix (2009), Rembrandtin CZ (2009) and Farbexperte (2010).

  • 2008

    Expanded Assortment

    Some of the projects related to the expansion of the sales assortment were concluded. At location in Količevo the modernisation of the pigment coatings production unit, the modern warehouse and the reconstruction of production lines were completed.

  • 2007

    The era of Helios acquisitions

    From 2001 to 2007 Helios acquired big coating companies and therefore gained an important market shares in ex-Yugoslavian market and CIS region. Helios made acquisition of companies Chromos (2001), Zvezda (2003), Color Medvode (2004), Odilak (2006), Belinka (2007) and Avrora (2007).

  • 2006

    RIH street markings and corrosion protection

    RIH founded a second business pillar with the opening of the Coating Division in 2006. The long-standing industrial coatings producer Rembrandtin Lack was fully integrated within the group.

  • 2003

    Enlargement of capacities

    The year was marked by development and realization of numerous strategic projects. New lacquer and spray chambers were constructed, the synthetic resins production unit was enriched with a new reactor, while the pigment coatings production unit underwent a complete renovation. New production capacity for road marking paints was put into operation and new construction coatings production unit was concluded along with storage room capacities.

  • 2001

    The beginning of RIH group

    Ring International Holding established its foundation with acquisition of brand rights of Koloman Handler AG, an Austrian ring binder production company that was over 100 years old. Since then, the corporation has continued to develop very quickly.

  • 1998

    TQM And “Clean Water” Fund

    Helios started to implement the project of integrated employee education and TQM (Total Quality management) establishment. Company also started the project of the sustainable progress. Helios Ecology Fund was established in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, intended for the performance of projects for cleaning of Karst caves and revitalisation of local wells and water sources.

  • 1995

    Helios becomes Joint Stock Company

    Helios was registered in the Register of Companies and became a joint stock company. The first general meeting of shareholders of Helios was held on 26th June 1996.

  • 1994

    High Safety And Awareness

    Helios gave priority to investments aimed at the renewal of production and warehouse capacities and the expansion of markets – the representatives and companies founded abroad. New investments at the time were following high standards for quality and fire safety as well as high ecological awareness.

  • 1981

    Conquering of Foreign Markets

    Helios marched successfully on foreign markets and the share of export accounted for more than 60% of production, of which the largest portion went to the Soviet Union. At the same time, the company became the leading Yugoslav producer of paints and coatings. During that time (1979), the new, modern Research Centre was also already established.

  • 1971

    Focus on Synthetic Resins

    The company gave priority to increasing the capacities for synthetic resins with accompanying infrastructure. The construction of a modern production unit for synthetic resins simultaneously enabled the construction of a building aimed at the production of pigment coatings.

  • 1954

    The Name “Helios”

    After the company went through numerous status and organizational changes in after war period it finally became independent and changed its name to Helios, Tovarna lakov Domžale (Helios, The varnish factory Domžale).

  • 1940

    Production Lived Through The War

    The company with 22 employees produced approximately 220 tons of different products. In the factory they had 17 kettles for enamels, 16 mills formilling of paints, 3 mixing machines, 2 centrifuges and a filling device. The production with that decreased capacity but already with its own laboratory, operated also during the Second World War.

  • 1924

    The Beginning

    Helios Group dates back to 1924 when the joint stock company Ljudevit Marx, Tovarna lakov Domžale was founded. This was the start of paints and lacquers production in for the time being advanced, industrial way, for the domestic and foreign market.

  • 1844

    More than 150 years of tradition in coating industry

    The companies within the RIH group look back upon a history of more than 150 years. Christ Lacke, the oldest company in the group, was founded in 1844. Shortly thereafter, in 1876, Fritze Lacke entered the coatings market for the first time.

Picture of a building from 19th century, where they started to make paints and where Helios Group headquarters are today.