Saltigo celebrates 50 years of its Cen­tral Or­gan­ics Pi­lot Plant

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GmbH, a wholly owned sub­sidiary of LANXESS cel­e­brated 50 years of its Cen­tral Or­gan­ics Pi­lot Plant (ZeTO) in op­er­a­tion at the Lev­erkusen site in Ger­many. The ZeTO ac­counts for around one­fifth of Saltigo’s to­tal ca­pac­ity and holds a unique po­si­tion based on its ver­sa­til­ity alone. In time for this an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, work also was com­pleted on the ex­ten­sive ex­pan­sion and mod­ern­iza­tion project started in 2015.

In­vest­ments were made pri­mar­ily in two new multi-pur­pose pro­duc­tion lines at ZeTO and the con­struc­tion of a neigh­bour­ing tank con­tainer stor­age fa­cil­ity. This new ac­tive con­tainer stor­age area has up to 16 tank con­tainer lo­ca­tions.

Fol­low­ing ex­pan­sion, ZeTO’s to­tal re­ac­tor vol­ume will be 470 cu­bic me­ters. The largest of the 75 to-

tal stirred-tank re­ac­tors has a ca­pac­ity of 16 cu­bic me­ters. 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 mul­ti­pur­pose pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties for fine chem­i­cals. To safe­guard this po­si­tion, the com­pany has made con­tin­u­ous in­vest­ments in ZeTO to keep up with ad­vance­ments in syn­thetic chem­istry, process en­gi­neer­ing and au­to­ma­tion.

When Saltigo was es­tab­lished in 2006, its new be­gin­ning was marked chiefly by the process of re­align­ing busi­ness. Just two years later, the com­pany then shifted its fo­cus back to growth. The cus­tom syn­the­sis of agro­chem­i­cal ac­tive in­gre­di­ents and in­ter­me­di­ates has be­come its largest field of ac­tiv­ity.

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