History Of TCO Group
In 1977, a leading Thai castor seed exporter together with the biggest and oldest castor seed crusher in Europe, Alberdingk Boley GmbH, established a company called Thai Castor Oil Industries Co., Ltd. to crush castor seed in Thailand. The Company was created as a Thai-German joint venture with equity participation and financial support from both the Thai and German industrial development institutions. The main German partner whose experience in castor oil production stretched back more than half a century, provided the technical know-how with emphasis on quality oil production.
Thai Castor Oil Industries Co., Ltd. was registered as a Thai company on November 2, 1977. Two years later, in 1979 the construction of the first and only castor oil factory in South East Asia was completed which had an annual capacity to crush 40,000 tons of castor seeds, producing 18,000 tons of refined castor oil and 20,000 tons of castor meal.
After a period of 5 year in selling castor oil and establishing a reputation for quality in the world market, the company entered into a Thai-Japanese joint venture with the biggest Japanese producer of castor wax, Kawaken Fine Chemicals Co, Ltd., to produce castor wax in Thailand. This subsidiary was registered as a Thai company in 1984, namely TK Wax Co., Ltd. and currently has an annual capacity to produce 15,000 tons of castor wax such as Hydrogenated Castor Oil (HCO) and 12-Hydroxy Stearic Acid (12-HSA).
In 1989 a Thai-Japanese affiliated company, T.J Pac Co., Ltd. was established to produce special wax for solidifying used vegetable oil for convenient disposal and various grades of powdered wax mainly for the paint and plastic industries.
In 1990 another Thai-Japanese affiliated company, T S Chemical Co., Ltd. was established to produce more sophisticated products: Dehydrated Castor oil (DCO) , Dehydrated Castor Oil Fatty Acid (DCO-FA), and Highly Conjugated Dehydrated Castor Oil Fatty Acid (Hy-diene).
In the same year another company, T J Land Co., Ltd. was established with wharf facility for berthing vessels of up to 10,000 metric tons deadweight and warehouses of over 16,000 square metres capacity.
In 2012 when T K Wax Co., Ltd. capacity was fully utilized, another company, Thai Castor Wax Co., Ltd. was established to produce the same product line to serve our expanded market.