Saltigo celebrates 50 years of its Central Organics Pilot Plant
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.