Our history


  • 1937

    The founding of Zep

    The founding of Zep

    Mandle Zeban, his brother Sam, William Eplan and Saul Powell set up the Zep Manufacturing Company in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • 1942

    The start of the Erwin age

    The start of the Erwin age

    Mandle Zeban’s son, Erwin, takes over the reins of company bringing innovative ideas for the market and a philanthropic approach to all Zep collaborators.


  • 1952

    The expansion of Zep

    The expansion of Zep

    The start of Zep’s great expansion in the United States from its new headquarters in Dallas, and later Kansas City, opening a big production plant in Chicago.


  • 1962

    Erwin Zaban is elected company Chairman

    Erwin Zaban is elected company Chairman

    Zep is acquired by NSI and Erwin Zaban is elected company Chairman.


  • 1971

    From agent to Chairman

    From agent to Chairman

    Harry Maziar started as a sales agent before being promoted to Sales Manager. He later became the Chairman of Zep’s Board of Directors, and this marked the start of 25 years of success for the group, with the company’s turnover increasing from 29 million to 350 million USD.


  • 1990

    Zep US starts operating in Europe

    Zep US starts operating in Europe

    Zep US launches its products on the European market by first acquiring Kem (NL) and then Kymax (IT) with their production plants.


  • 2007

    Zep is acquired by Acuity Brands

    Zep is acquired by Acuity Brands

    The finance group USA Acuity Brands acquires and reorganizes Zep.


  • 2012

    Zep Europe acquires two companies in the UK

    Zep Europe acquires two companies in the UK

    Zep Europe launches its products on the British market by acquiring the Hale Group and Mykal Ltd. with their production plants.


  • 2015

    Zep is acquired by New Mountain Capital

    Zep is acquired by New Mountain Capital

    The finance group USA New Mountain Capital buys out the whole Zep Group for 629 million USD.


  • 2017

    Zep in Europe

    Zep in Europe

    The Zep Europe Group’s turnover in 2017 amounted to 43 million euros, supplying 230 retailers.

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Zep UK is a branch of ZEP Inc. based in Atlanta, Georgia (US) since 1937, a leader in auxiliary chemicals for civil and industrial maintenance.

Zep has two production plants and commercial branches in Europe (UK and Italy) with various distributors both in this continent and throughout the rest of the world.

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Cheshire, WA8 0RR
Phone: 0151 422 1000
Fax: 0151 422 1011
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