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 and modernized. The site is home to global players and small and medium-sized enterprises alike, producing fine and special chemicals. Today, the Chemiepark Bitterfeld-Wolfen GmbH is owned by Gelsenwasser AG, one of the biggest service suppliers for water, waste water and energy in Germany. The total area is 1,200 hectares, with 120 hectares currently available for new business settlement. The 360 firms employ 11,000 people working here. Since 1990, companies from Germany, Chile, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA and other countries have invested approximately 4,5 billion Euro into the chemical site. Its industrial profile is characterized by chlorine, phosphorus, dyestuff, pharmaceutical, quartz glass, fine and high-tech chemistry as well as metallurgy. The chemical site offers a comprehensive range of services which allows the companies to concentrate on their core business activities. Convenient traffic connections and a high acceptance of the population contribute to the overall experience.
The integrated production facilities are the main drivers for optimizing the process chains and achieving synergies.
Examples for 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 / 72779
Telefax: +49 (0) 3493 / 72817
Chemical Site Schwarzheide
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 knowhow 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
Jürgen Fuchs, Chairman of the Board
Andreas Seide, Site Marketing
Schipkauer Straße 1
D – 01986 Schwarzheide
Phone: +49 (0) 35752 / 2489
Telefax: +49 (0) 35752 / 658308
Leuna Chemical Complex
The Leuna Chemical Complex is synonymous with dynamic development, innovation and efficiency. Since the introduction of the market economy in the former East Germany in 1990, both international corporations and medium-sized companies have invested over 6 billion euros in the Leuna Chemical Complex – which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Today, Leuna is one of the top addresses for modern chemistry in Europe.
There is a very diverse range of products made in Leuna reflecting the multilayered production profile of the complex. A highly flexible and efficient infrastructure permits traditional mass chemistry as well as specialty chemistry – this is increasingly becoming the focus of many companies. Integration with the refinery in Leuna and the supra-regional pipeline network ensures the advantageous supply of essential raw materials. Research institutions on-site have flexible facilities ideal for the development of highly specialized products.
InfraLeuna’ s comprehensive range of activities encompasses the provision of steam, electricity, fresh water and drinking water as well as wastewater disposal and other services. Complex logistic solutions are also offered. InfraLeuna is owned exclusively by on-site companies who operate their own plants on the complex. The focus at all times is on the business success of the customers as well as the future development of the complex as a whole.
Companies on the complex benefit from an excellent infrastructure as well as a highly developed and complex feedstock integration that promotes synergy effects. Therefore, several on-site companies like ADDINOL, CRI Catalyst, DOMO, LEUNA-Harze, TOTAL, WEPA or InfraLeuna itself invest some EURO 250 Mio. into plant expansions, new plants and infrastructural improvements.
Chemical and Industrial Park of Zeitz
The Chemical- und Industrial Park of Zeitz is an open industrial park aimed at the chemical industry in the South of Saxony-Anhalt. The companies are mostly medium-sized, owner-managed companies with a focus on “sustainable chemistry”. About 600 employees are working in these companies. Another 400 employees are working at the site in companies producing energy, industry-related services, as well as research and development.
Due to intensive research in the field of environmental technology, the Chemical and Industrial Park of Zeitz was awarded model site for the removal of soil contaminations in 2001.
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
D – 06729 Elsteraue
Phone: +49/ 3441/ 84 24 02
Telefax: +49/ 3441/ 84 20 29
Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V., Landesverband Nordost, Geschäftsstelle Halle
Kleine Klausstraße 14