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How Exclusive Synthesis Tuned Saltigo Into a Real Success Story

| Author: Anke Geipel-Kern

Einer der so genannten Rohrbahnhöfe im ZeTO (Zentrales Technikum Organisch) versorgt den Leverkusener Produktionsbetrieb der Saltigo GmbH mit flüssigen Einsatzstoffen und ermöglicht eine schnelle und flexible Verbindung aller Apparate untereinander.
Einer der so genannten Rohrbahnhöfe im ZeTO (Zentrales Technikum Organisch) versorgt den Leverkusener Produktionsbetrieb der Saltigo GmbH mit flüssigen Einsatzstoffen und ermöglicht eine schnelle und flexible Verbindung aller Apparate untereinander. (©2016 Thorsten Martin, all rights reserved, Urh.-Nr.: 1910742)

Ten years after starting Saltigo is one of the world’s leading exclusive synthesis specialists. Its business development is based on know-how and experience, proprietary synthesis processes and a wide range of technologies and products. Now the company is to be invested around EUR 60 million in expanding the Leverkusen site by the end of 2017.

Leverkusen – Saltigo GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of specialty chemicals company Lanxess, celebrates its 10th anniversary on April 1. Since it was founded in 2006, the Leverkusen-based specialist in the exclusive synthesis (custom manufacturing) of chemical active ingredients and intermediates has kept on writing new chapters in its brief but successful history.

“Our proven expertise has gained us an excellent standing in the world of fine chemicals and – thanks to the commitment and solidarity of all our staff – we’ve also overcome some difficult phases,” Saltigo’s current Managing Director Wolfgang Schmitz says in the run-up to the anniversary.

Saltigo supplies products to some 150 customers from the agrochemical, pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries. These include active ingredients and intermediates for crop protection agents and medicines together with chemicals for numerous applications, such as the tried-and-tested insect repellent active ingredient Saltidin.

The company has over 1,200 employees worldwide and works on up to 150 customer projects each year at a total of 10 production facilities at its two sites in Leverkusen and Dormagen. The support Saltigo offers many of its customers extends to large parts of the product life cycle – often as far as the market launch of a new end product. Established synthesis processes are adapted and – if possible and/or necessary – optimized at its plants.

Such optimizations play a key role in Saltigo’s business success and that of its customers. “As our customers see it, our many years of experience in process development and optimization sets us apart from many of our competitors,” Schmitz remarks.

Positive Business Development

Saltigo, too, benefits from the cooperative partnerships with its customers. Its agrochemical business in particular, whose share of total sales has risen to around 75 percent in the 10 years since the company was founded, has become a real success story. “We’re growing faster than the market in some parts of this sector and are also looking to the future with confidence, even though demand on the global agrochemicals market stalled in 2015,” Schmitz explains. He stresses that the company’s profits are also encouraging, stating: “Profitability has improved significantly since the company was founded.” This excellent business development is based on know-how and experience, proprietary synthesis processes and a wide range of technologies and products. “Our customers very much appreciate our highly efficient project management, which ensures transparency, delivery reliability, adherence to deadlines and cost discipline,” Schmitz continues.

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