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06/2013 New President elected for the European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN)

The General Assembly of the European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN) elected Mr. Hartmut Möllring, the Minister of Science and Economic Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), as the new President of ECRN on 25 June 2013.
The main topic of the General Assembly was the adoption of a joint position paper on the EU Industrial Policy. The ECRN supports the European Commission’s approach for a new integrated approach to industrial policy. The main issues from the regional perspective are reliable energy, resource efficiency and employment policy. They are seen as the main drivers for the future success of the chemical industry in the European chemical regions.

Source: ECRN
Press release [277.9KB/pdf]

03/2013 Dow Announces Start Up of New Photovoltaic Film Production Line in Schkopau, Germany

The ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Encapsulant Film production line in Schkopau, Germany, has been completed and the first commercial quantities have been shipped to customers. This expansion not only marks a substantial increase in global capacity, but also means that Dow is now able to supply its customers in the photovoltaic industry from within the region in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and ultimately helps customers reduce total system costs and increase global competitiveness.
Since 2010, Dow has tripled its production capacity for photovoltaic film. Shortly after the second photovoltaic film production plant was inaugurated in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, in early 2012, construction of this third production line in Schkopau, Germany began. The energy efficient facility was completed with no recordable injuries or process safety incidents just 10 months later in February 2013. Mark Saurin, PV Platform Development Director at Dow noted, “We continue to be committed to helping our customers reduce costs and address the global demand for solar energy. The adoption of polyolefin technology is gathering pace due to its technical and economic performance benefits. A significant European customer base has requested our local production presence.”

Source: The Dow Chemical Company, Schkopau, Germany - March 26, 2013

03/2013 BASF Refining its Status - Production site in the Lausitz region hits one-billion mark once again

BASF Schwarzheide GmbH posted sales of €1.007 billion in 2012, exceeding the one-billion-euro mark for the third consecutive year. However, this figure still falls below the record set the previous year by five percent. Dr. Karl Heinz Tebel, Chairman of the Board of Management, and Dr. Colin von Ettingshausen, Managing Director Administrative Site Services, commented on this as well as many other figures related to developments taking place at the third largest site of the BASF Group in Europe at a press conference in the BASF Schwarzheide GmbH's Kulturhaus on March 20.
“2012 was an exciting year; we got the ball rolling with the decision in January to decommission TDI production as of 2015. Then we celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the third line of production for F 500®, our crop-protection agent,” explains Tebel. “Expanding the plant in Schwarzheide yet again underscores our high performance level and the strategic alignment aiming at profiling the site as a specialist site for the BASF Group.”

Source: BASF Schwarzheide GmbH

02/2013 New CeChemNet speaker demands electricity price corrections

"The central German energy-intensive industry has to accept significant cost-disadvantages for the grid use fees in the nationwide competition for years. It is therefore important to rectify these imbalances by harmonising grid use fees in Germany", says Dr. Christof Günther, Managing Director InfraLeuna GmbH and this year's CeChemNet Speaker. Dr. Günther took over the rotating function of spokesman from Matthias Gabriel, Managing Director P-D ChemiePark Bitterfeld Wolfen GmbH.

12/2012 CeChemNet at 10th ECRN Congress in Warsaw on 5th-6th December 2012

The 10th Congress of the European Chemical Regions was organised on 5th-6th December 2012 in Warsaw (Poland), hosted by ECRN member region Mazovia. The theme the event was "Facing the changes – new challenges for the competitiveness of the European chemical industry". The Congress focused on the ways regional activities can contribute to the future competitiveness of the chemical industry and Europe as a whole. The Congress participants and speakers included representatives from regions, the EU, public sector, industry, and research. CeChemNet presented the central German chemical sites in the context of the accompanying exhibition.
Congress Declaration [144.9KB/pdf]

10/2012 Styron is opening a new plant in Schkopau

"The inauguration of the new Styron plant for synthetic rubber is an eloquent testimony for the positive development of the chemical industry in Saxony-Anhalt", said Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Minister-President of the State of Saxony-Anhalt in Schkopau on 15th October 2012. About 91 Million euros have been invested and 32 new Jobs have been created.

09/2012 Fraunhofer Center for Chemical and Biotechnological Processes CBP: plant commissioning with German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in Leuna

Renewable raw materials like wood and straw can replace crude oil. New biotechnological and chemical processes are neccessairy to produce chemical feedstocks out of renewable ressources. Until now the challenge was how to transfer bioprocesses to the commercial scale.The new Fraunhofer Center for Chemical and Biotechnological Processes CBP bridges the gap between laboratory and implementation. After less than two years of construction German chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel stared up the new plants in Leuna on 2nd October 2013 .

Source: Fraunhofer CBP, 2 Oct 2012

09/2012 BYK Kometra opens new production building in Schkopau

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, CEO of ALTANA AG, and Frank Bannert, district administrator of the Saalekreis region, visited BYK Kometra in Schkopau on 28th September 2012 for the opening ceremony of the new production building. Along with another 100 or so guests, they acquainted themselves with the ultramodern mixer line for the production of plastic modifiers and, together with Dr. Uwe Zakrzewski and Klaus Dieter Besser, brought the first of six planned mixing reactors into service.
Based in the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, BYK Kometra produces special surface-active copolymers, which are used in many applications as adhesion promoters and impact modifiers. These plastic modifiers create the conditions for processing normally incompatible materials and are used in a large number of technical applications, such as in the automotive industry. That an enormous level of specialist knowledge characterizes the production process was self-evident to the Chairman of the Management Board of ALTANA AG, Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, on his tour through the modern production rooms. Klaus Dieter Besser, Managing Director BYK Kometra, explained the various processes at work.
The new production building, which cost in the region of 7 million euros, was only completed several days ago. It had become a necessity in order to satisfy the ever-increasing global demand for high-performance plastic modifiers. “We are delighted,” says Dr. Uwe Zakrzewski, Managing Director Marketing and Sales at BYK Additives & Instruments, “that this new production building here at the Schkopau site enables us, on the one hand, to send a positive signal on behalf of not only the people employed here but also the Saalekreis region as a whole and, on the other, to expand our production capacities of plastic modifiers by approx. 50%.”

Source: BYK Kometra

08/2012 9th Congress of European Chemical Regions: Confernce Volume has now been published

On 27th October 2011 Halle (Saale) hosted the 9th Congress of the European Chemical Regions (ECRN) with Representatives of 21 chemical regions. Saxony-Anhalt took on a leading role in the discussion on the future design of European industry policy. One main focus of the congress were the challenges of a sustainable use of EU Structural Funds in chemical regions according to the strategy Europe 2020.

We would like to thank the speakers, participants, supporters and everyone else involved who have made an important contribution to the success of the conference.

The conference volume and the congress declaration you will find here:
Conference Volume [20.8MB/pdf]
Congress Declaration [406.0KB/pdf]

7/2012 Personalia: New management at InfraLeuna GmbH - Dr. Christof Günther succeeds former managing director Andreas Hiltermann

Dr. Christof Günther took over the sole management of InfraLeuna GmbH by July 2012. He became the successor to Andreas Hiltermann who concluded his active professional career after more than 15 years at InfraLeuna GmbH.

07/2012: Federal environmental minister Altmaier on his first visit in Saxony-Anhalt

On 20th July 2012 federal environmental minister Peter Altmaier was on his first visit in Saxony-Anhalt. Together with minister president Dr. Reiner Haseloff, environmental minister Dr. Hermann Aeikens and minister of sciences and economic affairs Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff minister Altmaier were informed about implementing the turnaround in energy policy in Saxony-Anhalt. The programme included visits at Enercon, a manufacturer of wind energy converters at Magdeburg as well as at the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Schkopau. Of special interest were future technological developments in solar energy and wind power and feeding it into the German energy grid. A model project on green hydrogen was presented at Schkopau.

source: state chancellory Saxony-Anhalt

06/2012: Joint ACHEMA appearance of German chemical parks - CeChemNet at the world forum of process industry in Frankfurt / Main

From 18th to 22nd June 2012 CeChemNet presented the Central German chemical parks for the third time at the joint ACHEMA stand of the German association of chemical parks and sites and Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI). The joint fair presence in Hall 9.1. booth D54 offered an excellent networking platform.
Furthermore, CeChemNet partners were able to join a seminar with a Japanese business delegation which was hosted by GTAI on 18th June 2012.

06/2012: CeChemNet celebrates its tenth anniversary – Reiner Haseloff, Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt, appreciates network achievements

„Saxony-Anhalt is a land of innovation. This is further underscored by the chemical park concept which was developed in the Central German region. The chemical park concept not only gave the regional chemical industry a new perspective but also led others to copy this approach. So, we can proudly announce that Saxony-Anhalt provided a crucial impetus for the further development of the chemical industry worldwide”, said Reiner Haseloff, Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of CeChemNet on 1st June 2012 in Bitterfeld.

05/2012: Site exhibition „Leuna Dialog“ fully booked with 80 exhibitors

On 10 May 2012 the seventh “Leuna Dialog”, site fair for service providers at chemical site Leuna, once again was fully booked with 80 exhibitors.
Andreas Hiltermann, Managing Director of InfraLeuna GmbH, openend the fair and announced several investment projects, such as Leuna Harze GmbH and Domo Caproleuna GmbH. Frank Bannert, head of the district authority Saalekreis specifically referred in his words of welcome to the R&D acitivites of Fraunhofer Center for Chemical and Biotechnological Processes (CBP).

04/2012: Ceremony commemorating the 20-year existence of Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Saxony-Anhalt

The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM celebrated its 20-year existence on 25th April 2012. In the presence of Jens Bullerjahn, Deputy Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt, more than 320 guests from politics, economics, culture, sciences and research participated the event. The focus of the event was on a panel discussion with top class speakers to discuss the issue “The production is going to shift to the Middle and Far East – Who is going to follow?”.

For 20 years there is a strong demand from the industry for the competence in Halle in the field of mechanics of materials: Strictly focused on the customers’ needs more than 250 employees are doing research in Halle in fields that are relevant to society such as automotive electronics, micro-electronics, microsystems technology, photovoltaics, biotechnology, medical technology, polymer processing and aircraft construction.

04/2012: The Fraunhofer PAZ is growing: Opening of hall extension on 3rd April 2012 at Schkopau

The Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing at Schkopau (PAZ) enlarges the business buildings by another logistic facility including further office space. The center is a joint initiative of Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics for Materials IWM and of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer research IAP. The main fous is on solutions to optimize the entire process chain from synthetic raw material to tailored components.
The new facility has an area of 400 sqm and will be used to store granulate and wood fibres as well as for customers’ interim storage of PAZ products.
Additionally there is provided new office space for eight workplaces.
The hall extension was funded with 1.3 million euro by the Federal Government, the Land of Saxony-Anhalt and by Fraunhofer Society within the fiscal stimulus package II.

03/2012: Next Generation Science Park (NGSP) - European project partners meet in Halle and Schkopau

The INTERREG IVC DISTRICT+ subproject partners from Sweden, Great Britain, Italy, Poland and Germany met on 1st and 2nd March 2012 in Halle and Schkopau. The NGSP project is aiming for establishing science and technology parks and relevant network structures in the partner regions. Therefore, the project partners monitor specific regional policy approaches and collect good and best practices in the partner regions. The study trip to Schkopau on 2nd March was competently hosted by Mr. Heinze, ValuePark Manager of Dow Olefinverbund GmbH and Dr. Wendler, Head of Polymer Synthesis at Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Centre for Polymer Synthesis and Processing (PAZ).

02/2012: German Brown Coal Summit making a joint declaration - Brown coal to be indispensable for a sustainable energy and material supply

The federal states of Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt agreed on a joint declaration for the future usage of domestic brown coal on 27th February 2012 in Leuna. In the context of a meeting with Günther Öttinger, EU Commisssioner responsable for energy, and representatives of industry and sciences announced brown coal to be essential for a reliable energy supply in Germany. Good prospects are seen in the material usage of brown coal. Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Prime Minister of the state of Saxony-Anhalt said that the utilisatuion of domestic brown coal offers good chances being a future feedstock for the chemical industry. The joint declaration demands for integration of the material usage of brown coal in the European Research Programmes. Therefore, the ibi project (INNOVATIVE BRAUNKOHLEN
INTEGRATION IN MITTELDEUTSCHLAND) is to be developed to a research initiative on European level.

12/2011: Leuna site visit of Dr. Bergner, Federal Government Commissioner of the New Federal States at the Federal Ministry of the Interior

On 5th December 2011 Dr. Bergner, Federal Government Commissioner of the New Federal States at the Federal Ministry of the Interior visited chemical site Leuna. The workshop was hosted by InfraLeuna GmbH and the Cluster Chemistry / Plastics. Dr. Bergner talked to several top managers of the regional chemical industry.

11/2011: Evening event "Chemical parks: A Successful Business Model in Germany - An Opportunity for US-American Entrepreneurs" at Petroleum Club of Houston

On 30th November 2011 representatives of the chemical parks in Saxony-Anhalt presented the advantages of the investment location Central Germany. The evening event with US-American players of the chemical industry was hosted by the Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt (IMG). With Doug Sheldon, Director of New Business Development DOW Chemical and Alex Segers, CEO DOMO, two top-class testimonials showed that chemical parks in Saxony-Anhalt being a successful business model in Germany offer an opportunity for US-American entrepreneurs.

10/2011: Minister inaugurates the 9th Congress of the European Chemical Regions Network ECRN

On 27th October Saxony-Anhalt’s Minister of Science and Economic Affairs Prof. Birgitta Wolff inaugurated the 9th ECRN Congress in Halle. “The chemical industry is rooted in Saxony-Anhalt. For years, the sector has shaped the economic structure of our state and been creating growth and employment. To ensure this continues, we want to have our say through the European Chemical Regions Network ECRN – for example on the form of future European innovation and research development funding. We are convinced that the “ibi” project launched in central Germany on the use of lignite will be met with considerable interest at a European level, and are therefore seeking to promote an EU research initiative in this field through the ECRN: “Coal: an alternative raw material for basic and fine chemicals” (Kohle als alternativer Rohstoff für Grund- und Feinchemikalien). Plans include the construction of a coal chemistry pilot/demonstration plant in Leuna, a key industry site. This could further raise the profile of Saxony-Anhalt and indeed Germany as an innovative centre of the chemical industry.”
The international event is aimed at presenting Saxony-Anhalt as a centre of the chemical industry. Issues of demographic change, new approaches to innovation and how chemical logistics could boost competitiveness are also up for discussion.

The conference is being financed with technical assistance funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). More information on the European Development Fund is available at www.europa.sachsen-anhalt.de.

Background:
The European Chemical Regions Network, ECRN, is a registered association based in Magdeburg. It currently represents the interests of 21 chemical regions from 10 EU Member States with a total workforce of over a million from Estonia to Spain. For more information, see www.ecrn.net.
“ibi”, a project supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, brings together 13 partners from industry and science. Together, they are researching raw material applications for lignite and working on developing the complete value chain.

09/2011 Chemical parks open their doors to the public

On 24th September 2011 many chemical parks in Germany opened their doors to the public, so did the CeChemNet partners in Bitterfeld, Schkopau and Schwarzheide. The agenda included company and plant visits, site tours, experiments as well as job orientation events and entertainment programmes.

05/2011 Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) visited chemical site Leuna - CeChemNet partners presented the advantages of the Central German chemical sites

On the invitation of the Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt GTAI representatives from Berlin and Washington visited the chemical site Leuna on 16th May 2011. In the context of a lecture programme and a site visit CeChemNet partners presented the advantages of the Central German chemical sites and discussed a closer cooperation with GTAI to strengthen the international visibility of the CeChemNet sites.

03/2011 P-D ChemiePark Bitterfeld Wolfen celebrated 10th anniversary

On 16th March 2011 P-D ChemiePark Bitterfeld Wolfen celebrated the 10th anniversary at P-D Kulturpalast in Bitterfeld.
Among the large number of congratulators were Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böhmer, Minister of Labour and Economic Affairs Saxony-Anhalt Dr. Reiner Haseloff, district administrator of Anhalt-Bitterfeld Uwe Schulze as well as major Petra Wust.

01/2011 Styron expands rubber plant at ValuePark Schkopau

On 11th January 2011 the Minister of Labour and Economic Affairs Saxony-Anhalt Dr. Reiner Haseloff handed over a two-digit million funding commitment to Styron Deutschalnd GmbH in Schkopau. Styron will expand the synthetic rubber production plant at ValuePark Schkopau. Start of construction will be May 2011.

12/2010 Fraunhofer CBP groundbreaking ceremony in Leuna

On 8th December 2010 the Minister of Economic Affairs Saxony-Anhalt Dr. Reiner Haseloff and the Minister of Finance Saxony-Anhalt Jens Bullerjahn handed over a funding commitment for the new Fraunhofer Chemical and Biotchnological Process Centre (CBP) at chemical site Leuna.
About 45 Mio EUR will be invested in the core project. The new buildings comprising an area of about 2000 qm are to be finished by the middle of 2012.

11/2010 Linde Gas in Leuna inaugurated new operation centre and celebrated 20th anniversary

On 25th November 2010 Linde AG in Leuna celebrated 20th anniversary and put the new Remote Operation Centre (ROC) into operation. In the future, almost all Linde air seperation plants in Europe will be controlled by ROC at chemical site Leuna. Linde invested five Mio Euro, 40 new jobs are created.

10/2010 “Central German Day” at K 2010 with exhibitors from four countries: Tour of the trade fair with State Secretary Schubert

Düsseldorf, 28 October 2010. The 720 enterprises of the Central German chemicals and plastics industry with 65,000 employees have turned over 15 billion euros in 2009. More than one third of their products are exported abroad. The 70 exhibitors from Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia also show this economic potential and innovative strength at individual and collective trade fair stands at the K 2010, the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber. A highlight in this connection is the “Central German Day” on 28 October. The importance of the plastics industry in this economic region in the heart of Europe shall be underlined in a very special way, said Dr. Christoph Mühlhaus, the spokesperson of the “Cluster Chemicals/Plastics Central Germany”.
Industrial sector representatives from enterprises, networks and research institutions spanning the four federal states will meet on this day at the collective trade fair stand of the Central German Plastics Network (MKN) in Hall 8b, Stand D79. Exhibitors will present their exhibits, plans and ideas during a workshop and a tour of the trade fair, in which the State Secretary in the State of Saxony-Anhalt’s Economics Ministry will also take part. In the run-up to the Central German Day, Schubert said: “Successful innovations make regions strong. That is why it is promising that exhibitors from Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Brandenburg collectively introduce their efficiency, innovative strength, competitively viable products and processes as well as their proximity to Eastern European markets.”

09/2010 Press tour chemistry / plastics Saxony-Anhalt

The Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt, Cluster Chemistry/Plastics and CeChemNet invited on 20 / 21 September 2010 press representatives to see how sucessful chemical and plastics processing companies in Saxony-Anhalt are. Even research institutions presented their competence in polymers.

Overview of company and research institution visits:
-Orbita-Film GmbH Weißandt-Gölzau
-Dow ValuePark / RP Compounds GmbH Schkopau
-Fraunhofer PAZ Schkopau
-Fraunhofer IWM Halle
-Schüco International KG Weißenfels
-Schuberth GmbH Magdeburg

8/2010 Chemie- und Industriepark Zeitz: Groundbreaking ceremony biorefinery Elsteraue

The Bioraffinerie Elsteraue GmbH decided to invest about 9.5 Mio Euro at Chemie- und Industriepark Zeitz and celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony on 27th August 2010. "The biorefinery strengthens the regional economy" said Minister for Labour and Economic Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt Dr. Rainer Haseloff. Bioraffinerie Elsteraue GmbH is deveolping production and feeding processes of green gas out of biogenic substrates by combining mechanical, thermal, biological and chemical processes as well as fertilizer production as a byproduct.

07/2010 National High Level Group Follow-Up Conference in Berlin: Global competition being a major challenge for the chemical industry

On the initiative of the VCI - German Chemical Industry Association and the European Chemical Regions Network ECRN the National High Level Group Follow-Up Conference took place on 1st July 2010 in Berlin. VCI memebers and representatives of the ECRN partner regions discussed strategic recommendations of the EU expert group "High Level Group for the Competitiveness of the chemical industry" at the federal state representation of Saxony-Anhalt in Berlin.

05/2010 New brochure "The Future Cluster Chemistry/Plastics" published

The updated new edition of the brochure "The Future Cluster Chemistry/Plastics" has been published in May 2010. The publication was first launched in 2007 and brings together the discovery of the oldest rubber in Central Germany and ultra-modern chemical and plastics processing applications.
The broshure was edited by isw Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Beratung und Dienstleistung mbH on behalf of Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt mbH.

5/2010 Conference on material usage of lignite at chemical site Leuna

A research centre for lignite being a feedstock for the chemical industry is to be established in the Central German chemical triangle. Representatives of the federal state government of Saxony-Anhalt and the Cluster Chemistry/Plastics promoted this approach at the conference on the future-proofing of the chemical location Central Germany by usage of domestic feedstocks such as lignite and biomass on 26th May 2010 in Leuna.The conference was hosted by the regional associations of Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Brandenburg and Thuringia of the Christian Democratic Party's Council of Economic Advisers (CDU Wirtschaftsrat).

01/2010: Manuli Strech to expand its factory at ValuePark Schkopau

The chemical location of Schkopau continues to gain significance. Manuli Stretch Deutschland GmbH, the world's largest manufacturer of stretch film, is expanding its factory in Dow Value Park at the Schkopau site and will invest a further € 21 million altogether in the period up to 2012. The number of employees will increase in this period by 31 to 175 with the number of apprentices increasing from 10 to 16. With this investment, which will be used for two new plants as well as a new production hall (4000 m²) as a matter of priority, Manuli Stretch will increase its production capacity by almost 40,000 t/year, up to 140,000 t/year. In so doing, Manuli intends to strengthen its leading position on the European market and continue to increase its share of the market from its current 18 percent.

"After the Lanxess investment in Bitterfeld last week, we are today able to write the next chapter in the success story of the central German chemical region in the DOW Valuepark in Schkopau. It is really impressive what the companies and their employees have created here.So far 17 companies have invested more than 500 million euros here in the ValuePark in Schkopau alone and thus directly created more than 850 jobs," said the Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Reiner Haseloff, today at a press conference at Manuli Stretch Deutschland GmbH.

According to Haseloff, the company's decision once again shows that Saxony-Anhalt is well equipped with its chemical park concept and is succeeding in investment decisions with international competition. He says, "This speaks volumes for the quality of the location, for the excellent conditions regarding infrastructure, potential workforce and funding and for the unbureaucratic support from the Investment and Marketing Corporation who helped with this new project from day one."

"Ultimately our good experiences with the local employees here were a crucial factor in our decision. You cannot buy a cast-film factory such as ours ready for use. For this reason the plants are being serviced by our own staff. There is a great need for skilled personnel at Manuli.Although, even when we need expensive swivel plates or milled parts we can find specialist companies here in the surrounding region who can quickly meet our high expectations," explained Massimo Moroni, CEO Manuli Stretch s.p.a. via his German managing director Ulf Hamann. The Dow ValuePark® is, he says, more than the umbrella for a loose community of interests which shares an industrial area.As one of the world's largest chemical corporations and one of the most modern chemical companies in central Germany, Dow is ensuring the integration of all partners based in the ValuePark® into the diverse materials, supply and energy chains as well as into joint service and safety management. Thus Manuli will also use the base material polyethylene produced at the site by Dow for the production of film.According to Moroni, "So far we have invested around € 55 million in the Schkopau site since 1998.The initial investment of approx. € 25 million was followed by two expansions in 2002 and 2007 of € 15 million each, which were both subsidised by Saxony-Anhalt."

The factory in Dow Value Park is not just one of the most profitable but also the most productive factory in the Group.It had a turnover of around € 122 million in 2008, with the Group's total turnover amounting to € 319.5 million.

01/2010 LANXESS AG is building a new chemical plant at its site in Bitterfeld

LANXESS AG is building a new chemical plant at its site in Bitterfeld. This marks the specialty chemicals group’s move into a new segment of the water treatment business.
The company is investing a total of around EUR 30 million in this pioneering project. LANXESS plans to develop and produce membrane filtration technology in Bitterfeld. The State of Saxony-Anhalt is sponsoring this project by up to EUR 6 million. In the long term, this project will create 200 new jobs at the Bitterfeld site.
The new plant is scheduled to be taken into operation for a pilot and development phase towards the end of this year. As things stand today, the first products should be launched on the market in 2011. An area totaling some 4,000 square meters has been set aside for the creation of high-tech laboratories, logistics areas, offices and a new, state-of-the-art production facility.
The membrane technology is used to filter out unwanted substances from water. The membrane’s chemical composition and structure make it possible to filter out substances such as nitrates, pesticides, herbicides, viruses, bacteria and the smallest particles. As the water passes through the filter, this filter extracts suspended particles and other unwanted substances. In other words, membranes form a selective barrier. By moving into this new field of technology, the Group is opening up further areas of application in water treatment. The volume of the global membrane market alone is currently estimated at around EUR 1 billion, and this figure is set to rise further.
“Usable water supplies are dwindling worldwide, thus becoming an increasingly valuable resource. Thanks to LANXESS’ pioneering investment in Bitterfeld, we are now able to offer additional products for water treatment and thus further strengthen our strong market position,” explained Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG, at a groundbreaking ceremony held on Thursday in Bitterfeld. “Our high-tech products, such as the powerful Lewatit ion exchange resins, are already helping to ease global water problems today.”
“I am delighted that LANXESS has chosen to invest further in Bitterfeld-Wolfen. And I am proud that the site performed so well in the face of tough international competition,” said Reiner Haseloff, Minister for Economic Affairs and Labor in Saxony-Anhalt. “This investment will not only benefit the regional economy – it will also strengthen Germany as a whole, because the company is also concentrating its research and development activities at the site. This will generate added value in the state and ensuring that the potential for innovation is leveraged even more efficiently.”
The LANXESS site in Bitterfeld is already equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and a first-rate infrastructure. “It was these excellent conditions and the planned partnerships with universities and colleges in the local area that gave Bitterfeld the edge over other sites, such as the ones in Spain and Singapore,” added Heitmann. The construction of the new plant goes hand in hand with an extensive research and development program that LANXESS is setting up at the site and in the local region.
“The fact that Bitterfeld has been chosen as the location for this project shows that Germany can hold its own as a business location in the face of tough international competition. This is due primarily to the country’s expertise and high-performance technologies. This investment is a further sign of our future commitment to both the chemical industry in Germany and our chemical site in Bitterfeld.” This year alone, LANXESS is planning to invest approximately EUR 150 million in its German sites, up slightly on investments in the previous year.
The new project in Bitterfeld is designed to further expand LANXESS strategic water treatment business. The global market for water treatment is estimated at between EUR 315 and 330 billion. The private Swiss bank Sarasin forecasts annual growth of 10 percent in this field.
At the LANXESS site in Bitterfeld, some 80 employees have been producing high-performance ion exchange resins for over 10 years through the subsidiary IAB Ionenaustauscher GmbH. This production facility for monodisperse technology is the largest and most cutting-edge of its kind in the world. The high-tech resins produced there are used in the fields of water treatment, power generation, microelectronics, and the drinking water and food preparation industries. The broad range of applications for these small beads of resin includes, for example, the decalcification or desalination of water in dishwashers and the decarbonization or extraction of heavy metals from drinking water in water filters. LANXESS produces Lewatit ion exchange resins at sites in both Bitterfeld and Leverkusen.

06/2009 Investor conference in Berlin – CeChemNet presents its chemical sites to an international audience

An international investor conference took place in Saxony-Anhalt’s State Government Buildings in Berlin on 3rd June 2009. Prime Minister, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böhmer and the Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Reiner Haseloff, were able to welcome more than 220 guests from all over the world including representatives from companies, embassies, chambers, associations and members of the media from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Greece, Yemen, the Russian Federation, Hungary, Columbia, El Salvador, Portugal, Japan and from throughout Germany.

The objective of the conference was the efforts for investors and the promotion of the commercial location of Saxony-Anhalt. In the twentieth year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the intent was to summarise the role foreign investors have played in the development of the state of Saxony-Anhalt.

CeChemNet presented one of Saxony-Anhalts leading branches with an exhibition.

05/2009 The Central German Chemical Triangle at ACHEMA 2009

The network of the central German chemical sites Central European Chemical Network (CeChemNet) and the investment and marketing society of Saxony-Anhalt (IMG) will, for the second time, be present at ACHEMA 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany, with a joint trade fair stand to reveal foreign investors the manifold partnership options associated with the chemical park site. True to the motto “Make it in Germany: Your Prime Chemical Location in Europe”, the central German chemical triangle will be present at its stand B35 – E36, Hall 9.2., from 11 to 15 May, 2009.

Under the umbrella of the professional association Chemical Park Site / Chemical Locations of the Chemical Industry Association (VCI), an association for foreign trade promotion of the Federal Republic of Germany – Germany Trade and Invest, investors are to learn about the full service profile of German chemical locations: With its chemical park site concept, which is unique in the world, Germany provides ideal conditions for both young and well-established companies. They provide access to an extensive research network and to attractive locations with excellent infrastructures.

“Chemical and plastic processing industries are important pillars of the economy in Saxony-Anhalt. Together, they account for more than one fifth of the business volume and of all staff employed in the manufacturing industry. Thus, companies of both sectors can look back to a successful 2008 – even though there were heavy downturns in the fourth quarter due to the global capital market crisis”, says Minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Reiner Haseloff.

Worldwide, ACHEMA is the leading trade fair for chemical technology, process industry, environmental protection and biotechnology. This year, ACHEMA had 3.880 exhibitors from altogether 50 countries and 173.000 visitors. Thus, ACHEMA is an international technology summit and force of innovation where experts, executives and users gather every three years.

04/2009 Conference in Usti nad Labem: Innovations, responsible resource application, open markets - Competitive ability of the Chemical Industry in Europe: Experts present final report

At the invitation of the Network of European Chemical Regions (Netzwerkes der Europäischen Chemieregionen (ECRN)), whose President is the Minister for Economic Affairs and Employment for Saxony-Anhalt, Dr. Reiner Haseloff, and the city of Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic), representatives from industry, politics and academia met on 16th/17th April 2009 in Usti nad Labem to discuss the results of the final report of the EU brain trust “High-level group on the competitive ability of the chemical industry” (HLG). The conference will take place within the scope of the Czech EU Council Presidency. A significant actor in the process is the state of Saxony Anhalt which will present itself to high-level European decision makers as a “Chemical Industry State” on behalf of the Investment and Marketing Association with a conference-related exhibition and panel presentations. Haseloff will contribute significantly to the further profiling of the regions at a European level as the ECRN President and a member of HLG.

The chemical industry is a leading European sector and an important employer. In order to successfully continue to meet the challenges of global competition, even in tough economic times, the HLG formulated conclusions and recommendations in their final report. In doing so the areas of innovation, energy, raw materials, logistics and trade were the focus of the brain trust, made up of representatives of the EU Commission, the EU Member Countries, the industry, as well as regions and organizations. A summary of the requirements:

o More innovation and research are of vital importance to ensuring the future of the chemical industry in Europe.

o The responsible utilization of natural resources, as well as the generation of equal requirements for all concerning the acquisition of energy and raw materials, are factors of success for sustainability and the ability to be competitive.

o A chemical industry that can be competitive requires open markets and fair competition.

Haseloff said: “Even ECRN is now called upon to implement these requirements at a European and a national level. As a network we will seek a dialogue with members of the European Parliament about the conclusions reached by the high-level group, after the European Parliamentary elections. As the Commerce Secretary of the state of Saxony Anhalt I took initiative early on and have also regularly informed my counterparts in the German states within the framework of the Commerce Secretary conference about the discussions of the high-level group.”

In the documents passed up to now a regional connection to the conclusions and findings of the respective issue-area was made. The EU Commission also presumes that many of the determinations made in Brussels must be implemented “on-site”, this means in the regions. The network of the Middle German Chemistry Location CeChemNet, as well as the Chemical/plastics Cluster of Middle Germany participated actively in the European dialogue regarding the regional implementation strategies.

The chemical and the plastics manufacturing industry are important pillars in the Saxony Anhalt economy. Together they make up more than one fifth of the sales volume and those employed in manufacturing industry. The drivers of this successful development are established network structures that are substantially supported by the state government of Saxony Anhalt.

In this way the network of the Middle German Chemistry Locations CeChemNet and the Chemistry/Plastics Cluster of Middle Germany combine the interests of powerful big industry as well as the innovative small and medium-sized companies. In doing so, the goal is to further strengthen the competitive ability of the Middle German Chemical and Plastics locations. Innovations are increasingly becoming a determining factor. This is illustrated by the considerable promotion of the construction and expansion of research infrastructure by the Saxony Anhalt state government.

The ECRN is a registered association with headquarters in Magdeburg. It represents the interests of 20 current centres of chemical industry from nine EU Member Countries and thereby more than one million working people. Within a short time ECRN established itself as important lobbyist at European institutions for the regional concerns of the chemical industry and related policy. ECRN’s core issues are the future handling of energy intensive industries within the framework of European energy and climate protection policy, strengthening innovative energy, questions of chemical industry logistics as well as the support of cluster development.

04/2009 CeChemNet executive committee meeting: Representatives of the federal state government of Saxony-Anhalt announce the Chemical and Biotechnological Process Center (CBP) at Leuna chemical site

On 3rd April 2009 the CeChemNet executive committee meeting took place in Wittenberg. The CeChemNet partners were pleased to welcome two representatives of the federal state government of Saxony-Anhalt: Jens Bullerjahn, finance minister of Saxony-Anhalt as well as Dr. Reiner Haseloff, minister of economic affairs and labour of Saxony-Anhalt. In the context of this meeting the Chemical and Biotechnological Process Center (CBP) at chemical site Leuna was officially announced by the ministers Bullerjahn and Dr. Haseloff. This project is supported by Saxony-Anhalt, the German Federation, Fraunhofer Society as well as the InfraLeuna GmbH and other industry partners.