Industrial Chemicals
key developments 2015

  • Revenue was down 2 percent, mainly due to tough conditions in our main markets combined with the impact of interruptions in the manufacturing and supply chain in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Overall volumes were slightly negative
  • Following the successful conversion of the Frankfurt plant in Germany during the second quarter, our chlor-alkali and chloromethane results were robust
  • We formed a 50/50 joint venture with Evonik Industries to convert our Ibbenbüren plant in Germany from mercury to membrane technology for the production of potassium hydroxide, chlorine and hydrogen
  • Salt continued its solid performance, benefiting from technology and market leadership positions
  • We established a cooperation with ICL in Spain to convert a sodium chloride by-product stream from its potassium mine into high quality vacuum salt
  • We continued to reduce the use of fossil fuels and improve our by investing in the production of steam generated from waste wood in Delfzijl, the Netherlands

Chemical platform

Salt-Chlorine Chain

Some of our customers

  • Covestro
  • Huntsman
  • Shin-Etsu

Top raw materials

  • Fuels (for cogeneration)
  • Power
  • Acetic acid

Key cost drivers

  • Oil, gas and coal
  • Methanol

Carbon footprint

The carbon footprint of a product or organization is the total amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused during a defined period, or across the total or part of a product lifecycle. It is expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide equivalents CO2(e) emitted.