Essential - At the heart of most chemical reactions is a catalyst, and given their complex nature, it's not always an easy task to find the right one. As a global supplier for catalytic system solutions, Evonik has been working to establish itself as a leader in the field, most recently through building a new plant in China and acquiring assets in Germany and India. Brandi Schuster and Dr. Michael Reubold spoke to Dr. Wilfried Eul, Senior Vice President of Evonik's catalyst business, about the company's recent strategic moves, opportunities in the market and technological progress.
CHEManager Europe: Dr. Eul, in February, Evonik bought H.C. Starck's catalyst business; in June, you also took over Indian Ravindra Heraeus' precious metal powder catalysts business. How are you integrating these businesses into Evonik's catalysts group?
W. Eul: From H.C. Starck we bought the activated base metal catalyst business, and from Ravindra Heraeus in India we have acquired their precious metal powder catalyst business. With H.C. Starck we have entered into a toll manufacturing agreement during the transition period - they will continue to manufacture the catalysts at their site in Laufenburg, Germany, until we have transferred all of the production formulations to our plant in Hanau, Germany. We expect this to be completed by early 2011....