The SEPAWA is a professional association with a long tradition, whose origin dates back to the year 1755.

Already back then, soap production required qualified specialist knowledge in order to produce bars of soap and pleasantly scented toilet soaps from fats and oils by the action of alkalis.

The development of innovative synthetic raw materials for detergents, the application of new industrial manufacturing processes and the increasing importance of environmental protection and sustainability were the dominant themes later on.

1755

Formation of a first „Association of Soap Boilers and Perfumers“ in Munich.

1901

The supra-regionally active „Association of Soap Boilers and Perfumers“ is founded in Munich.

1910

Yet another "Association of Soap Boilers and Perfumers" is formed for the metropolitan area of ​​Berlin.

1920

Both associations merge into one „Association of Soap Boilers and Perfumers e.V.“.

1954

in Ludwigshafen on the Rhine, the "Association of Soap-Boilers, Perfumers and Detergent Experts e. V. "(SEPAWA for short) is founded.

1955 - 2003

the annual SEPAWA congresses are held in Bad Dürkheim.

2004

the SEPAWA congress is held in the Congress Centrum Würzburg for the first time.

2005

the congress incorporates the European Detergents Conference (EDC).

2010

the SEPAWA congress takes place in Fulda for the first time. Steady international growth with over 1600 participants.
For the first time, the German Society for Scientific and Applied Cosmetics e.V. (DGK) adds scientific papers to the cosmetic session.
The "Forum for Innovation" is added to the program.  Companies can present their innovations and practical applications with brief presentations.

2017

The congress relocates to Berlin into the ESTREL congress center with double the amount of total area for exhibition and conference.