Products and investments

Products, customers and applications

Division

 

Products

Customer industries and applications

Dispersions & Pigments

 

Polymer dispersions, pigments, resins, high-performance additives, formulation additives

Printing and packaging industry, adhesives industry, plastics processing industry, products for construction chemicals, raw materials for paints and coatings, specialties for the electronics and other industries

Care Chemicals

 

Ingredients for skin and hair cleansing and care products, such as emollients, cosmetic active ingredients, polymers and UV filters

Ingredients for detergents and cleaners in household, institution or industry, such as surfactants, chelating agents, polymers and products for optical effects

Solvents for crop protection product formulations and products for metal surface treatments

Superabsorbents for the hygiene sector

Cosmetics and hygiene industries, detergents and cleaners industry, agricultural industry and technical applications

Nutrition & Health

 

Additives for the food and feed industries, such as vitamins, carotenoids, sterols, enzymes, emulsifiers and omega-3 fatty acids

Flavors and fragrances, such as geraniol, citronellol, L-menthol and linalool

Active ingredients and excipients for the pharmaceutical industry such as caffeine, ibuprofen and pseudoephedrine, binders and coatings for tablets and synthesis of pharmaceutical active ingredients and intermediates for our customers

Food and feed industries, flavor and fragrance industry and pharmaceutical industry

Paper Chemicals

 

Dispersions for paper coating, functional chemicals, process chemicals, kaolin minerals

Paper industry, paper packaging

Performance Chemicals

 

Antioxidants, light stabilizers, pigments and flame retardants for plastic applications

Fuel and refinery additives, polyisobutene, brake fluids and engine coolants, lubricant additives and basestocks, components for metalworking fluids and compounded lubricants

Process chemicals for the extraction of oil, gas, metals and minerals, chemicals for enhanced oil recovery, water treatment chemicals, membrane technologies

Auxiliaries for the production and treatment of leather and textiles

Plastics processing industry, fuel and lubricant industry, oil and gas industry, mining industry, municipal and industrial water treatment, leather and textile industry

Production capacities of significant products1

 

 

Sites

 

Product

 

Europe

North America

Asia Pacific

South America, Africa, Middle East

Annual capacity (metric tons)

1

All capacities are included at 100%, including plants belonging to joint operations and joint ventures.

Anionic surfactants

 

600,000

Citral

 

 

 

 

40,000

Chelating agent

 

 

120,000

Methane sulfonic acid

 

 

 

 

30,000

Nonionic surfactants

 

 

630,000

Organic pigments

 

n/a

Polyisobutene

 

 

 

215,000

Superabsorbents

 

 

530,000

Capital expenditures

Location

 

Project

Additional annual capacity through expansion
(metric tons)

Total annual capacity (metric tons)

Startup

1

Operated through joint venture with PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad

2

Operated through joint venture with Sinopec

Antwerp, Belgium

 

Reconstruction: new superabsorbent technology platform

n/a

n/a

2016

Camaçari, Brazil

 

Construction: superabsorbents

 

60,000

2015

Caojing, China

 

Construction: resins

 

n/a

2014

Cork, Ireland

 

Expansion: LIX® products

n/a

n/a

2015

Dahej, India

 

Construction: dispersions

 

n/a

2014

 

 

Construction: surfactants

 

n/a

2014

Freeport, Texas

 

Construction: dispersions

 

n/a

2014

Kuantan, Malaysia

 

Construction: aroma chemicals complex1

 

n/a

2016

Ludwigshafen, Germany

 

Expansion: polyvinylamine

n/a

n/a

2014

 

 

Expansion: vinyl formamide

n/a

n/a

2017

 

 

Expansion: lubricants

n/a

n/a

2016

Nanjing, China

 

Construction: superabsorbents2

 

60,000

2014

 

 

Construction: additives

 

n/a

2014

Theodore, Alabama

 

Construction: chelating agents

 

n/a

2015