Central European Chemical Network


04.01.2016 Five of Eastern Germany’s chemical site operators – BASF Schwarzheide GmbH, Chemie Park Bitterfeld-Wolfen GmbH, DOW Olefinverbund GmbH, InfraLeuna GmbH and Infra-Zeitz Servicegesellschaft mbH – have joined forces to create CeChemNet (Central European Chemical Network).

The partnership is complemented by the participation of the north-east regional association of the Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. („German Chemical Industry Association“). The different chemical sites are characterized by specific areas of expertise that have arisen from the different privatization models and the transformation process in the chemical industry in Eastern Germany. All operating companies are distinguished by a special professional competence in dealing with complex restructuring processes as well as highly individualized performance spectra and site conditions. Also of particular note is the interlinking of the different sites and companies through a complex feedstock integration of pipelines and logistics networks. Within the framework of CeChemNet the partners follow an objective of developing the existing chemical sites further and to increase their competitiveness while safeguarding and creating jobs. Existing value chains are optimized together in terms of downstream industries. Chemical site networking is intensified within the feedstock networks. CeChemNet provides a basis for mutual experience exchange and contact management in the region and with national and international partners.

Since the mid 1990s, more than 600 businesses have settled, more than 17 billion Euros have been invested and more than 30,000 jobs have been created.


Bitterfeld is one of the oldest chemical sites in Europe with large-scale chemical production founded in 1893. During the last decade the entire infrastructure was renewed. The site is not only characterized by global players, but also by small and medium-sized enterprises, which produce fine and specialty chemicals. Today the Chemiepark Bitterfeld-Wolfen GmbH belongs to the Gelsenwasser AG, one of the biggest service suppliers for water, waste water and energy in Germany. The total area is 1,200 hectares of which 120 hectares are currently available for new business settlement. 360 firms employ 11,000 people working here. Approximately 4,5 billion Euros have been invested to date by companies from Germany, Chile, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA and other countries. The industrial profile of the chemical site is characterized by chlorine, phosphorus, dyestuff, pharmaceutical, quartz glass, fine and high-tech chemistry as well as metallurgy. All companies benefit from the highly modern and competitive infrastructure. The chemical site offers a comprehensive range of services which allows the companies to concentrate on their core business activities.  The integrated production facilities are the main drivers for optimizing the process chains and achieving synergies. Examples of this integration are the production of synthetic quartz glass and pure silicon.

Chemiepark Bitterfeld-Wolfen GmbH
Dr. Michael Polk, Managing Director
Patrice Heine, Managing Director
OT Bitterfeld, Zörbiger Straße 22
D – 06749 Bitterfeld-Wolfen
Phone: +49 (0) 3493 / 72345
Telefax: +49 (0) 3493 / 72817
E-Mail: michael.polk@chemiepark.de
E-Mail: patrice.heine@chemiepark.de
Internet: www.chemiepark.de

Chemical Site

The site in Schwarzheide offers investors outstanding benefits including know-how & skills, speed and competitive conditions. The chemical site of BASF Schwarzheide is located in the south of Brandenburg and represents a business in the chemical sector of European standard. BASF Schwarzheide is a fully owned subsidiary of the leading global player BASF.

This plant is one of the biggest production sites of the BASF group in Europe and one of the biggest chemical sites in East Germany. More than 1.6 bn Euros have been invested since 1990. As a result, this site offers a modern infrastructure, which provides highly convenient conditions for investors in the chemical and plastics industry. The newly developed ‘Ready-to-Use‘ concept allows investments to be realized in a minimal time frame. This is enabled through significant treatment of land, creating instantly usable properties, supported by professional and customer focused on-site experts. The clients benefit from the site‘s central location between the cities of Berlin and Dresden as a convenient connection between Eastern and Western Europe. Also the direct motorway access, the connection to the German Railway network (Deutsche Bahn) and the intermodal rail terminal of Bertschi offer excellent logistic connections. Investors who settle on BASF site in Schwarzheide can utilize the comprehensive know-how and skills of a global company as well as a network of industrial plants and research facilities within the region. This results in synergies and cost benefits.

BASF Schwarzheide GmbH
Dr. Karl Heinz Tebel, Chairman of the Board
Andreas Seide, Site Marketing
Schipkauer Straße 1
D – 01986 Schwarzheide
Phone: +49 (0) 35752 / 2489
Telefax: +49 (0) 35752 / 658308
E-Mail: Andreas.Seide@basf.com
Internet: www.basf-schwarzheide.de

Leuna Chemical Site and its Service Provider InfraLeuna
Leuna is among the largest chemical sites in Germany. Its side management is state of the art and has set standards for the industry. With its long tradition of outstanding chemical production, features production ranging from specialty to bulk chemicals, the Leuna chemical site is attractive to both mid-sized and large chemical companies. Since 1990, national and international world-class companies, including for example BASF, DOMO, Dow, Eastman, Linde, or TOTAL and numerous medium-sized companies, decided to join the chemical site Leuna and to invest a total of 6 billion EURO. InfraLeuna GmbH is the owner and operator of the infrastructure facilities at the Leuna chemical site and offers an attractive range of services: among others, this includes the supply of required media such as power, steam and water, the disposal via the central sewage treatment plant together with analytics in  modern laboratories, logistics, fire brigade, site security and enable the on-site companies to work cost optimized and efficient.

With implementation of the energy concept  „ProEnergie2014+“ InfraLeuna has a uniquely flexible and efficient power supply at the Leuna chemical site. InfraLeuna‘s know-how, experience, a team of qualified and motivated employees as well as a strong customer orientation and assistance with settling have already convinced large international chemical groups to locate in Leuna.

InfraLeuna GmbH
Dr. Christof Günther, Managing Director
Am Haupttor, D – 06237 Leuna
Phone: +49 (0) 3461 / 430
Telefax: +49 (0) 3461 / 433628
E-Mail: pr@infraleuna.de
Internet: www.infraleuna.de

Chemical and Industrial Park of Zeitz
Since its inauguration in the 1930s, the industrial site of Zeitz has been cutting-edge in the German basic chemical industry. Today, more than 50 highly innovative companies, among them almost 20 manufacturers from all over the world, gather in one of Germany‘s smallest but fastest moving-forward chemical parks, the ‘Chemical and Industrial Park of Zeitz‘. Manufacturers such as Italy‘s Radici Chimica (adipic acid and cyclohexanol), US Puralube (base oils), Ukraine‘s Interstarch (industrial starch), and home-grown Munzing (micronized waxes), Deurex (oil and chemical adsorbents), and Jowat (adhesives) have settled here. The park provides optimal conditions both for large-scale and family-owned enterprises. It is managed by ‘Infra-Zeitz Servicegesellschaft‘ which also runs the whole waterusage cycle for its clients: processing water, cooling water, deionized water, permeate, reserve steam, industrial wastewater treatment.

Numerous certifications testify they are coming at outstanding quality, continuous availability, and competitive cost. Infra-Zeitz‘s on-site partners complete the package with services from HR recruitment to certified laboratory tests, and pilot installations. The park is located only a few minutes car drive to one of Germany‘s newcomer places to be, buzzing city of Leipzig.

Infra-Zeitz Servicegesellschaft mbH
Mr Arvid Friebe, Managing Director
Hauptstraße 30
D – 06729 Elsteraue
Phone: +49 (0) 3441 / 84 24 02
Telefax: +49 (0) 3441 / 84 20 29
E-Mail: a.friebe@infra-zeitz.de
Internet: www.industriepark-zeitz.com

Heftausgabe: Compendium of Industrial Parks Chemie/Pharma/Biotec 2015

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