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Last Update: 03/11/2010
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Our products

  • Dispersions & Pigments: products for the coatings and paints industry
  • Care Chemicals: products for cleaning, care, cosmetics, hygiene, nutrition and pharmaceuticals
  • Paper Chemicals: solutions for the paper industry
  • Performance Chemicals: specialties for diverse industrial applications

The new Dispersions & Pigments division bundles products for the coatings and paints industry in particular. The portfolio, which has been strengthened by the Ciba acquisition, includes pigments, resins, dispersions and additives such as photoinitiators, UV filters and formulation additives. Other customer industries include the adhesive, printing and packaging industries. Our product range for these customers includes everything from dispersions for labels, protective film and adhesive tape to color and effect pigments as well as resins for water-based printing systems. Our dispersions and additives are also used in the production of nonwoven materials, fiber components and construction chemicals.

The Care Chemicals portfolio comprises products for cleaning, care, cosmetics and hygiene. These mainly include polymers, surfactants, chelating agents, UV filters and other specialties that are also increasingly being used in chemical engineering industries. The division’s portfolio was expanded in 2009. The superabsorbents business, which belonged to the Acrylics & Dispersions division prior to the Ciba acquisition, was transferred to the new Hygiene business sector. We have integrated established businesses from the former Ciba portfolio – such as UV filters, biocides and optical brighteners – in Detergents & Formulators and Personal Care Ingredients. Human and animal nutrition and pharmaceuticals are core Care Chemicals businesses. The main nutrition products are vitamins, carotenoids and enzymes. We provide the pharmaceutical industry with active ingredients such as caffeine and ibuprofen, as well as excipients and customized synthesis services. In addition, we produce aroma chemicals for the flavor and fragrance industry.

The Paper Chemicals division was established in 2009 to focus on the specific challenges of the business with the paper industry. The acquisition of Ciba rounded out the portfolio, which comprises binders, functional and process chemicals, starch products and kaolin minerals. Our comprehensive range of customized solutions optimizes costs and efficiency in the paper manufacturing process, gives paper certain attributes and enhances the aesthetics and performance of printed paper and board.

The Performance Chemicals division offers innovative, specific solutions for various industrial customer industries. A new and important business area is plastic additives, which was integrated into the division following the Ciba acquisition. The product portfolio for the plastics processing industry comprises antioxidants, pigments, light stabilizers and specialty additives. With the integration of the Ciba businesses, we expanded our selection of mining and oilfield chemicals and added water treatment chemicals as a new business sector to the division. For the automotive and refinery industries, we develop brake fluids, engine coolants, fuel and lubricant additives as well as process and refinery chemicals. The division also makes chemicals for the production and finishing of leather and textiles.

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Production capacities of significant products

 

 

 

Sites

 

Product

Europe

North America

Asia
Pacific

South America, Africa, Middle East

Annual capacity (metric tons)

Citral

X

 

 

 

40,000

HDI (hexamethylendiisocyanate)

X

 

 

 

10,000

Chelating agent

X

X

 

X

120,000

Methanesulfonic acid

X

 

 

 

10,000

Nonionic surfactants

X

X

 

 

435,000

Organic pigments

X

X

X

X

n/a

Polyisobutene

X

 

 

 

145,000

Superabsorbents

X

X

X

 

400,000

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