Saltigo, a wholly owned subsidiary of specialty chemicals company Lanxess, celebrates 50 years of operation of the Central Organics Pilot Plant (Zeto), which accounts for around one-fifth of the company's total capacity. During this anniversary celebration, work was completed on the extensive expansion and modernization project started in 2015.
Leverkusen/Germany — The company invested € 60 million (approx. $ 71.4 million) in the Leverkusen site, primarily in two new multi-purpose production lines at Zeto and the construction of a neighboring tank container storage facility. This new active container storage area has up to 16 tank container locations.
In the eleven years of Saltigo’s existence, a total of nearly € 300 million has been invested in the integrated production network at the site, over a third of that in Zeto. Production will be up and running in the new facilities by early January 2018.
Following the expansion, the Central Organics Pilot Plant's total reactor volume will be 470 m3. The largest of the 75 total stirred-tank reactors has a capacity of 16 m3. Capacities for solids isolation have likewise been expanded significantly.
Even 50 years after it was built in 1967, the Zeto is still one of the world’s most modern and flexible multi-purpose production facilities for fine chemicals. To safeguard this position, the company has made continuous investments in the plant to keep up with advancements in synthetic chemistry, process engineering and automation.