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Degussa to Build a New Isophorone Production Unit in Herne, Germany

Published on 2005-06-03. Author : SpecialChem

Following authorization by the Supervisory Board, Degussa AG of Dusseldorf, Germany, is setting up a new production unit for the solvent isophorone and its derivatives in Herne, Germany. The unit, which involves an investment in the high double-digit million euro range, is to take up operation in 2007.

With its Coatings & Colorants Business Unit, Degussa is the global market leader in all stages of isophorone chemistry. The company already operates three isophorone production lines: one in Mobile, Alabama, and two in Herne, where 350 people work altogether. Apart from safeguarding existing jobs in Herne, the new unit will enable the creation of several dozen direct and indirect new jobs.

Isophorone and its derivatives are used in many different areas. While isophorone is mainly used as a solvent in the formulation of industrial paints, derivatives such as isophorone diamine and isophorone diisocyanate find use in solvent-free coatings for industrial flooring and in the production of light- and weather-stable automotive paints as well as high-quality parts for automotive interiors.

Degussa is the global market leader in specialty chemicals. Our innovative products and system solutions make an indispensable contribution to our customers' success, which we sum up by our claim "creating essentials". In fiscal 2004 Degussa's 45,000 employees worldwide generated sales of €11.2 billion and operating profits (EBIT) of €965 million.

Source: Degussa AG

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