Last Update:
Mar. 10, 2011
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Segment profile

Customer-specific products and system solutions

The Functional Solutions segment comprises the Catalysts, Construction Chemicals and Coatings divisions. These divisions develop innovative, customer-specific products and system solutions, in particular for the automotive, chemical and construction industries.

Segment strategy

  • Focus on innovative products and technologies that allow customers to stand out from the competition
  • Development of specialties and system solutions in close collaboration with our customers
  • Continuous optimization of our product portfolio in accordance with regional market requirements and trends in the customer industries

Our portfolio is made up of innovative products and technologies that allow our customers to differentiate themselves from their competitors. The success of the segment is based primarily on specialties and system solutions developed in collaboration with our customers. One focus of our strategy is the ongoing optimization of our product portfolio and structures in accordance with different regional market requirements as well as trends in our customer industries. We aim to strengthen our leading market position in Europe, to profitably expand our position in the North American market and to selectively extend our activities in the growth regions Asia, South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

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Capital expenditures





Various locations, Asia

Expansion construction chemicals


Gebze, Turkey

Construction construction chemicals


Mangalore, India

Construction regional laboratory activities, expansion construction chemicals


Nienburg, Germany

Expansion commercial vehicle catalysts


Shanghai, China

Expansion commercial vehicle catalysts


Sinzheim, Germany

Construction construction chemicals


Tultitlán, Mexico

Construction regional laboratory activities


Windsor, Canada

Expansion/concentration automotive coatings production


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