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

Our products

  • Dispersions & Pigments: products for coatings and paints
  • Care Chemicals: ingredients for cosmetics, detergents & cleaners as well as hygiene
  • Nutrition & Health: products for human and animal nutrition, pharma and aroma chemicals
  • Paper Chemicals: products for the paper industry
  • Performance Chemicals: system solutions for industrial applications

The Dispersions & Pigments division mainly comprises products for the coatings and paints industry in particular. Our portfolio includes pigments, resins, dispersions and additives such as photoinitiators, light stabilizers and formulation additives. Other customer industries include the adhesive as well as the 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, natural fiber composites and construction chemicals.

The Care Chemicals portfolio comprises products for cosmetics, detergents & cleaners, and hygiene. Through the acquisition of Cognis, we have become the leading supplier of ingredients to the cosmetics industry. With our broad range of products we are represented in all personal care applications, such as sun protection, skin and body care, oral hygiene, hair care and decorative cosmetics. The Cognis activities will also expand our wide variety of products for the detergents and cleaners industry which serve as the basis for our customers’ formulations. Our portfolio mainly comprises surfactants, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, UV filters and other specialties that are also used in technical applications. Superabsorbents round out our portfolio; we offer our customers tailor-made products, developed to their specific requirements in all fields of hygiene applications.

Human and animal nutrition, pharma and aroma chemicals are the core business areas of the Nutrition & Health division. The main animal nutrition products are vitamins, carotenoids and enzymes. In human nutrition, in addition to vitamins, carotenoids and omega-3 fatty acids, an increasingly important role is played by products based on renewable raw materials such as sterols and conjugated linoleic acids. Food additives such as emulsifiers and enzymes are also becoming more significant. With the acquisition of Cognis, we have considerably strengthened our market position in these areas. 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 fragrances and flavors industry.

Paper Chemicals supplies products for the paper industry. Our portfolio comprises binders, functional chemicals, process chemicals and kaolin minerals. By using our products to improve efficiency in the paper manufacturing process, our customers are able to reduce costs. Furthermore, our products give paper certain attributes and enhance the aesthetics and performance of printed paper and board.

Performance Chemicals is an innovative partner for various industrial customer sectors and offers specific system solutions. The plastic additives business comprises a product portfolio of antioxidants, pigments and light stabilizers. We want to continue to grow through innovation and targeted market development in the business areas mining and oilfield chemicals as well as water treatment chemicals. For the automotive and refinery industries, we develop, produce and market brake fluids, engine coolants, fuel and lubricant additives as well as process and refinery chemicals. The division also manufactures 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)

Anionic surfactants

X

X

X

X

550,000

Citral

X

 

 

 

40,000

HDI (hexamethylendiisocyanate)

X

 

 

 

10,000

Chelating agent

X

X

 

X

120,000

Methane sulfonic acid

X

 

 

 

10,000

Nonionic surfactants

X

X

X

 

570,000

Organic pigments

X

X

X

X

n/a

Polyisobutene

X

 

X

 

165,000

Superabsorbents

X

X

X

 

410,000

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