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automotive parts and fi bers will
also be introduced.
" We also plan to offer new
chemistries such as NO-R HALS
products to meet the demands
of the important European agricultural
fi lms industry, as well as
nucleating agents for polyolefi ns,
PET, PBT and PLA. This is all part
of our strategy to grow our portfolio
of performance additives
and our technical sales staff will
be happy to discuss these further
with our customers here at the K
show, " explained Kreibaum.
Focus on success
Founded in 2004, UniteChems
has had an impressive growth journey.
According to Kreibaum, the
secret behind this success is focus.
" From the very beginning of its
growth journey, UniteChem focused
on becoming the world's
preeminent producer of high-quality
light stabilizers. Without any
distractions, we could channel
all our efforts on continuously
developing safe and effi cient processes,
driven by a dedicated and
professional team of chemists,
scientists,
engineers, marketing
and supply chain specialists, " he
said. " We never lost our focus, so
that by today UniteChem has expanded
its portfolio to offer the
most complete range of additives
to the market worldwide. "
From the very beginning, UniteChem
has focused on being a
scienceand
technology-driven
company. Today, UniteChem has
an R&D team of more than 200
scientists, more than 60 percent
of which are post-graduates. The
company recently opened a second
R&D Center in Shanghai, including
a synthesis R&D center
and an application center, to serve
its global R&D needs, and runs
a large pilot test center, which is
supported by outdoor weathering
stations throughout China, at its
headquarters in Suqian.
" Working with nine universities
across China, we can ensure to
always be at the forefront of new
technology development. At this
stage, we fi rmly believe that our
existing facilities can most effi -
ciently support the development
of current and future needs globally, "
Kreibaum said.
Moreover, its backward integrated
value chain enables the
company to weather the many
raw material supply fl uctuations,
and the scale of its production facilities
contribute to the perception
by the market of the company
as a reliable long-term supplier
that is able to meet present and
future needs - an image that the
creation of a team of technical
marketing specialists in Europe
has only strengthened.
" Finally, our scale, experience
and back integration ensure that
we can offer our products at competitive
pricing levels, supporting
our customers' businesses, " said
Kreibaum.
The company has some excellent
news to share as well, he added.
An announcement made back
Working with nine universities across
China, we can ensure to always
be at the forefront of new technology
development. At this stage, we fi rmly
believe that our existing facilities can
most effi ciently support the development
of current and future needs globally. "
Jan Kreibaum
UniteChem GmbH
in 2017 of its intentions to to go
public is fi nally becoming reality.
" With careful preparation and
meeting all strict regulatory needs,
we are excited to be announcing
our offi cial listing on Shanghai's
main stock market by the end of
this year, " Kreibaum said.
Keeping sustainability
in view
Growth notwithstanding, UniteChem's
production philosophy
has always been one of safety and
environmental protection fi rst.
" We are proud of our exemplary
record in adhering to the highest
safety and environmental protection
standards. Our new production
plants will be constructed
according to the most up-to-date
processes, incorporating a complete
safety and environmental
protection infrastructure including
DCS automatic control systems, SIS
safety instrumentation systems,
wastewater treatment systems
(capable of managing high loads of
COD, salts, ammonia and nitrogen),
RTO thermal storage incineration
waste gas treatment systems, hazardous
waste incineration systems,
as well as other environmental protection
infrastructure. A dedicated
and regularly trained safety and
environmental protection team is
in place, " Kreibaum said.
UniteChem's R&D department
regularly updates all processes
and, whenever possible, explores
more environmentally sound
solutions. The company recently
adopted, for example, a new and
more sustainable technology for
synthesizing benzotriazole UV absorbers
in a proprietary catalytic
hydrogenation reduction.
UniteChem has also committed
to the Sustainable Development
Goals of the United Nations and in
that context is investing in dedicated
recycling, reuse and reduction
initiatives at its production
sites. Installed capabilities today
include 280,000 m³/h of waste
gas treatment using regenerative
thermal oxidization (RTO) technology,
1,800 m³/day of wastewater
treatment and 8,800 tons/year
of solid chemical waste treatment.
" A new, dedicated ESG [environmental,
social and governance]
department has been set up to
incorporate and oversee all of our
sustainability, circular economy
and environmental protection initiatives.
This department reports
directly to the CEO and - in addition
to third-party agencies - will
regularly audit all related activities
throughout our operations, "
Kreibaum added. " We are confi -
dent that with our wide-ranging
measures we will be able to not
only maintain but further excel
in our strong safety and environmental
protection record. "
What's next?
In addition to Europe and Asia,
the U.S. market is of key importance
to its growth journey, Kreibaum
said.
" Today we already have significant
sales to this market served
out of our headquarters in China.
Following in the footsteps of our
successful launch in Europe, we
are now in the process of establishing
local operations in the U.S. This
is all part of our target to strengthen
our position as the world's largest
dedicated light stabilizer producer.
With dedicated presences in
all major markets of the world, we
will be uniquely placed to reliably
serve all of our customers' current
and future needs, " he said.
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