1971 Contemporary Perfumers Ltd is officially formed by Jack Pickthall’s children, Michael and Terry, with the first site opening in the UK’s Witham, Essex.
1980 Barrington Hall is acquired as the CPL Aromas Sales and Creative Centre.
1988 The business forms its Aroma Ingredients Division.
1989 The business forms its Flavours Division.
1990 CPL Aromas establishes its Brixworth site as its European manufacturing facility, and CPL Aromas Far East is launched.
1991 CPL Aromas acquires H.E. Daniel ltd.
CPL Aromas Gmbh is established in Germany.
CPL Aromas Inc is established in USA.
1992 CPL Aromas Latin America is established.
1994 CPL Aromas is floated on the London Stock Exchange.
1995 Du Crocq Aromatics, Netherlands and Daniel Blayn, France are acquired by CPL Aromas.
1999 CPL Aromas launches its AromaGuard technology.
2000 CPL Aromas is de-listed from the London Stock Exchange, and the company is restored to Pickthall family ownership.
2001 The Ingredients and Flavours divisions are sold to Frutarom, making CPL Aromas a fragrance-only Fragrance House.
2005 CPL Aromas FZE is established as Creative Centre and Sales Centre Dubai.
2007 CPL Aromas Far East opens its new automated production facility in Yuen Long site together with other Far East satellite operations.
2009 CPL Aromas launches its EcoBoost technology.
2015 CPL Aromas launches its new AromaCore technology and establishes its automated production facility in Dubai.
2016 The UK division establishes Innovation House as its new Creative Centre and launches its new AromaFusion technology.
2017 CPL Aromas launches a refreshed global brand focused on igniting the imagination.
2018 CPL Aromas acquires the Spanish company dM fragrances to establish CPL Spain, a full-service operation in EU.
2019 Francis Pickthall, CPL Aromas’ Global Marketing Director and one of the members of the family which founded the Group, tragically died on Friday 1st March 2019 after a short battle with cancer.
Our story began a century ago when John Pickthall first experimented with enhancing the toiletries of his time. His son Jack, an innovative chemist and world-renowned perfumer, carried on where John left off and went on to shape the emerging perfume industry. It was Jack’s sons, Michael and Terry, who founded Contemporary Perfumers Limited (CPL) in 1971 and their children continue the family success story into the present day.
While CPL remains a family-run business, we’re now a major international fragrance house serving customers in over 100 countries, ranking in the top ten of the sector’s major players, and gathering awards as we go.