The first factory in Gampel
29 October 1897: foundation of “Elektrizitätwerks Lonza” with an initial share capital of CHF 800’000. In Gampel, Switzerland, on the banks of the Lonza river, work commences on a power plant and calcium carbide factory. Calcium carbide was then used for electric lighting purposes.
The founding of Lonza was itself a wonderful example of a company rising to satisfy demand for breakthrough technologies that were transforming life for people and industries. At that time, electric lamps and other lighting sources were spreading widely through society. Recognizing that demand, Lonza sprang to life in Gampel, Switzerland, on the banks of the Lonza River.