​Our history





PB Gelatins/PB Leiner is a well-established and well-renowned gelatin producer, the origins of which date back more than one century. PB stands for Pont Brûlé, which is the site in Vilvoorde, Belgium where the company commenced its operations in 1880. Since 1964, PB Gelatins has formed part of Tessenderlo Group, a diversified industrial group that focuses on agriculture, valorizing bio-residuals and providing industrial solutions.



1964: Acquisition by Produits Chimiques de Tessenderloo of the Vilvoorde-based company, Pont Brûlé, which was a manufacturer of gelatin, sodium sulfate and dicalcium phosphate.


  • 1972: Creation of the subsidiary PB Gelatins. Produits Chimiques de Tessenderlo was renamed Tessenderlo Chemie.
  • 1973: Acquisition of Colles et Gelatines de Zaventem by PB Gelatins.
  • 1975: Acquisition of Nienburger Gelatine in Nienburg/Weser (Germany). Acquisition of Limburgse Rubber Producten (LRP).


1985: Purchase of a manufacturing unit in the UK (Treforest, South Wales).


1995: Acquisition of the Belgian group Baert-Verlee which was well-known in the animal meals and fats markets.


  • 2003:  Acquisition of production sites for gelatin in Davenport (USA) and Santa Fe (Argentina). These were the first two sites outside of Europe for the Natural Organic Products division of Tessenderlo Group and PB Leiner USA and PB Leiner Argentina were created.
  • 2006: PB Gelatins set up a joint venture that became known as PB Gelatins (Pingyang) Co. Ltd near Wenzhou in South East China together with a Chinese partner.
  • 2007: Sale of Tessenderlo Group’s flavoring and food ingredients activity "PB Gelatins France" to the French company Nactis.
  • 2009: Tessenderlo Group commenced the construction of a new factory for the production of gelatin in Acorizal, Mato Grosso, Brasil. The new production unit became operational in 2011.


2010: Tessenderlo Group invested in a new factory for the production of gelatin in Heilongjiang, China.


In order to take full advantage of the opportunities of the collagen protein markets, PB Gelatins/PB Leiner carried out several projects in 2016, which included the expansion of our collagen peptides production unit in Santa Fe (Argentina). The new facility in Santa Fe was up and running in the first quarter of 2017.