Industrial Chemicals

  • Revenue was on a par with 2012, reflecting the ongoing difficult economic conditions in Europe, our primary market
  • Chlor-Alkali was impacted by technical issues at major customers, along with an extended maintenance shut-down at its largest plant, while MCA was in line with expectations, despite a more competitive environment in China
  • Salt performed well in core markets, but suffered from the loss of gas storage proceeds from previous years and higher steam costs
  • Two expansion projects were concluded, at Taixing, China, for MCA, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for DME
  • We introduced Ecosel BioCare, an anti-caking agent for road salt, and secured the supply of 25 MWh base load electricity from a biomass incinerator in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, for a seven-year period, which will result in a CO2 reduction of 130,000 tons per year

Some of our customers

  • Bayer
  • Huntsman
  • Shin-Etsu

Top raw materials

  • Fuels (for cogeneration)
  • Power
  • Acetic acid

Key cost drivers

  • Oil, gas and coal prices
  • Methanol prices

Revenue in € millions

Specialty Chemicals Industrial – Revenue in € millions (bar chart)

Geo-mix revenue by destination in %

Specialty Chemicals Industrial – Geo-mix revenue by destination in % (pie chart)

Key brands

Specialty Chemicals Industrial – Key brands (logos)