History – Wimmis
Transfer of the powder monopoly to the Swiss federal government; the Powder Authority passes under control of the Finance Department.
The federal government buys the black powder mill at Worblaufen near Bern.
The Powder Authority is reassigned to the Federal Department of Defence (EMD).
Reengineering of the Worblaufen black powder mill for production of smokeless powder (nitrocellulose propellant powder).
Organization of the “Kriegspulverfabrik Worblaufen”, a military gunpowder factory, as an independent government entity.
Construction of the federally owned Wimmis P-F powder factory (nitrocellulose and nitrocellulose propellant powder).
Expansion of plant capacity (nitro-glycerine and nitro-glycerine propellant powder).
Partial renewal of the oldest production facilities commences.
Start of a sharp decline in EMD orders; the possibility of expanding into adjacent (civil) fields is examined.
P+F, M+FA und M+FT are merged to form SM Schweizerische Munitionsunternehmung. P+F becomes SM’s new Powder & Charges division.
Cooperation begins with Rheinmetall Industrie AG-owned WNC-Nitrochemie GmbH of Aschau, Germany.
The Powder & Charges division of SM Schweizerische Munitionsunternehmung AG Wimmis) and WNC Nitrochemie GmbH (Aschau) are merged to form the new company Nitrochemie AG, headquartered in Wimmis.