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Global expansion

The 1900s was a rapid period of expansion for the business, establishing bases across Africa, Europe and Asia.

1948

Paterson and Zochonis open our first soap factory in Nigeria.

1953

PZ is listed on the London Stock Exchange, a fantastic endorsement of the group’s performance through challenging times and two world wars.

1969

The growth continues as PZ establishes a manufacturing base in Ghana.

1970s

We enter the detergent and refrigerator market in Nigeria and acquire the Greek food business Minerva. Click here to find out more about Minerva.

1975

PZ acquire UK company Cussons, including leading household soap brand Imperial Leather.  Click here to learn more about the history of Imperial Leather.

1980s and 1990s

We purchase our first soap factory in Kenya and establish operations in Thailand, Indonesia and Poland.