Surface Chemistry

  • Operating income held up well compared with 2012
  • Unexpected supply chain and production issues at some US and Chinese sites impacted volumes and revenues, but significant effort has been put into strengthening output and the reliability of our supply chain
  • Several performance improvement actions were launched as part of a renewed strategy for the business
  • Signed long-term development agreements with key customers in the agro segment
  • Began debottlenecking projects at our sites in the US and Europe which will increase capacity by 20 to 30 percent
  • Announced a significant investment in China to boost capacity and improved operational excellence at manufacturing sites in Boxing and Ningbo
  • Launched Berol LS, which delivers superior degreasing performance in an organic, solvent-free solution
  • Completed the OneSAP project without impacting customers, a major accomplishment in a challenging setting

Some of our customers

  • Elementis
  • GE
  • Monsanto
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
  • Southern Clay
  • Unilever

Top raw materials

  • Animal fats and vegetable oils
  • Starch (corn, potato, tapioca)
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Acrylates
  • Alcohols

Key cost drivers

  • Biofuels and food prices
  • Ethylene prices
  • Propylene prices
  • Oil and gas prices

Revenue in € millions

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

Geo-mix revenue by destination in %

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

Key brands

Specialty Chemicals Surface – Key brands (logos)