Our History

Esschem's history

Esschem is the world’s leading producer of acrylic chemistries for orthodontics, cosmetics, orthopedic, and other related industries.

The roots of Esschem reach back to the mid-1850s, when German immigrant Henry David Justi invented new materials and procedures for the manufacture of porcelain teeth. Until that time, false teeth were handwork, which was highly variable and labor intensive.

After nearly a century in the dental business, starting in the late 1930s with the advent of acrylic resins, a transition to molded plastic teeth took place. The Justi Company introduced the pioneering line of Denta Pearl plastic teeth at the Cleveland convention of the ADA in 1940.

Today, Esschem continues at the forefront of our target markets. We have dedicated ourselves to designing and developing products, services and production capabilities that provide a clear performance difference to our customers.

Our considerable experience makes us a trusted partner and supplier worldwide. With our affiliates, Esstech, Esschem Europe and EssPac, Esschem offers a complete set of research, customization, manufacturing and packaging resources to our customers and the industry.

Esschem is a proud member of the Justi Group, Inc. Six generations removed from our founder, Henry M. (Tac) Justi is now President and CEO of Justi Group Inc.

Core Values
Esschem is responsible to our community, our customers and our team members. We expect integrity in all of our dealings.
Esschem communicates clearly and seeks mutual understanding, towards an outcome of productive change.
Esschem is driven by the value of time.
Esschem Mission
To create market-leading materials for our customers. Esschem will utilize the most advanced technology to formulate and deliver products, which provide the best performance and are of the greatest value in the marketplace.