Last Update:
March 1, 2012

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 set themselves apart from the competition
  • Development of specialties and system solutions in close collaboration with our customers
  • Continuous optimization of our product portfolio according to regional market requirements and trends in the customer industries

Our portfolio is made up of innovative products and technologies that allow our customers to set themselves apart 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. For example, our new Battery Materials business unit drives solutions for the electric mobility of tomorrow. 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 of Asia, South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

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Clermont de l’Oise, France

Construction: coating resins


Elyria, Ohio

Construction: battery materials


Mangalore, India

Expansion: construction chemicals


Swinton, United Kingdom

Expansion: construction chemicals


Tultitlán, Mexico

Construction: regional laboratory activities


Westonaria, South Africa

Expansion: construction chemicals


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