The names of the companies on site are our best references for the qualities of the Chemiepark Knapsack. They include many well-known market leaders and specialists from the chemical industry. From production and services to logistics, energy and research – you will find strong partners for your project here. Discover the many different opportunities offered by this highly efficient network and take advantage of the cooperation to benefit your success.


Crop Protection, Seed Solutions, Digital Solutions

BASF SE is represented at the Chemical Park Knapsack with its Agricultural Solutions Division. As one of the world's leading companies in the chemical industry, BASF develops innovative solutions for seeds and plant traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital agriculture. Ensuring sufficient and high-quality food for a growing world population is the biggest challenge facing agriculture. To meet this challenge, farmers constantly need new technologies and solutions. We apply cutting-edge science to solve real-life problems in agriculture, in the field, the laboratory, the office or in production. In this way, we help farmers increase yields sustainably on limited arable land and meet the demands of consumers.

BASF Agricultural Solutions GmbH manufactures intermediates for a crop protection product at the Knapsack Chemical Park. The product controls weeds and is distributed as Basta®, Liberty® and Ignite® brands in many parts of the world.

Bayer AG

One of the most famous German logos, the Bayer-Cross, can also be seen in Knapsack. The company produces plant protection products and intermediates that are used in agriculture around the world.

Besides the active ingredients to combat fungal decay and weeds, so-called “safeners” that improve the tolerance of useful plants in regard to the use of plant protection products are also a part of Bayer's product-palette. Employees: circa 140.


Clariant Plastics & Coatings (Deutschland) GmbH

Some 220 employees produce special chemicals for Clariant in Knapsack. They are a part of the Clariant Produkte (Deutschland/Germany) GmbH and manufacture a comprehensive range of products in four production plants. The mainstay of Clariant's production in Knapsack is the manufacturing of halogen-free flame-retardants. One plant produces runway deicer for airports.

Clariant also carries out its own research and development on the site. Their main focus is the development of new products and giving technical application support for existing products and the halogen-free flame-retardants.


The CABB GmbH, established in 2003, took over the production of molochloraecetic acid from the parent company. 
The product, which is produced in one of the world’s largest MMC production plant, is used in the manufacturing of special detergents, thickening agents, adhesives, crop protection substances, plastic stabilizers and pharmaceuticals. 
The company operates state of the art production plants in six locations - Knapsack, Gersthofen (near Augsburg), Pratteln (Switzerland), Kokkola (Finland), Galena (Kansas, USA) and Jining (China).

Degussa Bank - Bank-Shop Chemiepark Knapsack

Degussa Bank is the bank at your workplace, right at the worksite. With Bank-Shops at business locations throughout Germany, we’re within easy reach, right on com­pany premises. Our onsite staff can answer your questions and help you reach your financial goals. From current accounts to investments or real-estate financing, we offer solutions tailored to your wishes and means – always simple, transparent and fair. We help you make the right financial choice.

The core tenets of Degussa Bank‘s business model are clear: we’re close to our customers’ workplaces, and we strive for a close relationship between customers and our banking staff. We’ve been effective and successful for more than 50 years, because we know that in financial matters, only one curren­cy counts: mutual trust. Every day, we work to make this trust stronger. Responsive. Responsible. Reliable.

Hanke Aromastoff-Produktions-GmbH

The circa 10 persons employed at Silesia Gerhard Hanke GmbH & Co. KG produce numerous substances in amounts ranging from just a few grams up to a number of  kilograms at the site in Knapsack, which, due to their quality and other characteristics, can be used as flavoring substances (according to law). Some of the substances are later found in sweet flavorings such as apple, strawberry or melon. Other flavoring compositions that they produce are used in scores of savory and zesty foods. A regenerative incinerator is downstream of the ventilation system in order to keep the perception of odors to a minimum in the surrounding area.


As a designer, constructor and operator of plants and entire sites, YNCORIS is a driving force within the process industry. In its capacity as a genuine partner, YNCORIS offers flexible and highly individual solutions that go beyond the challenges of today and lay the groundwork for future success. We at YNCORIS think in holistic terms – from the big picture down to the fine detail. We have no reservations about taking a fresh look at established ideas and branching off into new directions in order to work out the best route to the destination.

EEW Energy from Waste Saarbrücken GmbH

EEW Energy from Waste incinerates refuse for city districts and industrial operations their 18 facilities throughout Germany and in neighboring countries. The generated energy is converted into electricity, process steam and district heating.

The company is responsible for the operation of the refuse-derived fuel power plant (RDF power plant) located in the Chemiepark Knapsack. Annually, up to 320,000 tons of refuse derived fuels are thermically utilized here. The energy created in the incineration process is delivered, eco-friendly, in the form of electricity and process steam to the Chemiepark Knapsack. YNCORIS holds a fifty percent share in the company.

A total of 37 new jobs were immediately created and further jobs were safeguarded.


KARL SCHMIDT Spedition (KARL SCHMIDT transport) is one of the leading bulk logistics providers in Europe.

In Knapsack SCHMIDT operates a bulk center with extensive service offerings which are available for customers within as well as outside the chemical industrial park.

112 silos with a capacity of 42,400 cubic meters and four halls of 7,500 square meters provide storage facilities for various synthetic granules and powders (e.g. polypropylene and PVC). A highly qualified team of employees takes care of a professional handling with modern filling, mixing, palletizing and loading facilities and an efficient cleaning system for silo and container vehicles.

Employees on site: about 27

Knapsack Cargo GmbH

KCG Knapsack Cargo GmbH is the operating company of the public container terminal in the Chemipark Knapsack. It is a satellite terminal to the tri-modal (road, rail, waterways) terminal (CTS) located in the Cologne-Niehl Harbor. The highway ring surrounding Cologne is not only relieved of traffic due to the train shuttle between Knapsack and Cologne- Niehl harbor and back during the working week, but it also leads to improved punctuality of deliveries to the south of Cologne.

The important international transportation routes to and from the ARA harbors (Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam) via river barge and rail, as well as the German seaports Bremen and Hamburg via rail, are thus even more accessible to carriers.

One of the main aspects of the work carried out by Knapsack Cargo is the handling of chemical transports. Furthermore, the existing transportation routes as well as new avenues of transport that are being planned by Knapsack Cargo facilitate optimization for manufacturers and carriers alike.

KCG operates a storage facility where loaded and empty uncleaned tank containers for chemicals belonging to the storage classes 3, 6.1 A-D, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 10-13 according to TRGS 510 can be stored.


LyondellBasell, the third largest chemical company worldwide, operates two production plants in the works section Hürth where circa 150 employees work.

Both production plants produce polypropylene and polypropylene compounds in industrial quantities and they constitute the largest production group in the Chemiepark Knapsack.

Their products are delivered to businesses in the automobile and electrical industries for subsequent processing as well as being sent on to and utilized in production plant and apparatus construction. They are also found in every-day goods, such as, car body parts and interior panelling as well as in casings for household electrical appliances and even in pipes and packaging materials.

nova-Institut GmbH

The nova-Institut GmbH for political and ecological innovation (www.bio-based.eu) was founded in 1994 as a private and independent institute. It has been carrying out research and consulting all over the world for more than 25 years to determine how food and raw materials can be sustainably and consistently provided for industry in the future. Their work is focused on the transformation of a fossil based economy to a bio- and CO2-based economy.

What innovations drive this transformation forward? What are the most promising developments in agriculture and forestry, industrial biotechnology, bio-refineries and bio-active ingredients as well as the direct use of CO2?

The nova-Institut offers thorough scientifically based research and consulting services includi

  • the comprehensive evaluation of raw materials
  • technical-economic evaluations
  • market research
  • sustainability analyses including life cycle assessments (LCAs) and social impact prognoses
  • B2B communication, marketing concepts and dissemination
  • consulting regarding the political environment and strategy development 

Comprehensive information regarding regular nova-Institut conferences and some free studies can be found under:  www.bio-based.eu

Perimeter Solutions

Perimeter Solutions is a global company whose core business is flame retardants and oil additives. Perimeter Solutions is the only producer of phosphorous pentasulfide (P2S5) with well established global production manufacturing in both the United States and Western Europe. Our high quality product is essential for the production of lubricant additives, especially a family of coordination compounds called zinc dialkyldithiophosphates (often referred to as ZDDP). These compounds are fundamental in the formulation of many different applications. Their main function is to provide anti-wear protection for metal surfaces. In addition, ZDDP inhibit the oxidation of lubricants resulting in an increase in their period of use and scope of application. 

This product has been produced in the Chemical Park Knapsack since 1963, albeit in altered qualities. The chemical elements phosphor and sulfur are delivered, kept for use in one of the storage facilities belonging to the plant complex and finally combined in a stirred tank reactor where the reaction takes place. The resulting phosphorous pentasulfide is a yellow solid that is supplied to our customers as granulate in a range of sizes.




The RHEIN-ERFT AKADEMIE GmbH has been one of the most distinguished educational institutions in the Rhein-Erft region and beyond for over ten years. It was borne out of the former education and training department of the Hoechst AG.

Today, their wide-ranging vocational training and further education programs, including university studies, offer the entire value added chain of professional training. Consistent market and customer orientation have helped in the continual further development of high quality products as well as meeting the challenges of reacting to the relevant current changes in the educational and industrial markets. True to the motto “Fit for the Future” we are committed to educating and training the finest specialists and executive personnel for the economy.

Here are some facts:


50 employees – in addition, more than 110 selected freelance lecturers 

Range of courses/services:

  • circa  10 training professions (chemical, clerical  and technical occupations, 370 apprentices)
  • 6 industrial master schools (chemical, metal, mechatronics, electrical trades, power station training and logistics)
  • 7 IHK-courses (Chamber of Industry and Commerce)  (technical business administrator, bachelor of business (CCI), occupational re-training in chemical and technical occupations)
  • qualifications needs analysis and educational counselling
  • circa  250 further education seminars annually – both open tender and in-house
  • extra-occupational bachelor and master studies
  • publically funded vocational projects


Statkraft is an international leader in hydropower and Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy. The concern generates electricity from water, wind and gas as well as producing district heating and furthermore, it is a key player in the energy trade sector. Statkraft employs 3,600 people in 16 countries.

The company operates the modern gas and steam turbine power plants Knapsack I and II that have an installed total capacity of 1,230 megawatts in Huerth-Knapsack, Germany. Knapsack I has been in operation since October 2007. It has an installed performance of 800 megawatt making it one of the largest gas and steam turbine power plants in Germany. In the summer of 2013 capacity was increased by a further 430 megawatts as a result of the commissioning of Knapsack II. The site is also the technical regional headquarters for the power plants in Germany, Great Britain, Turkey and in the near future Albania, as well as for the Baltic Cable, which serves as a connection line between Germany and Sweden.



synlab Institute for Environment

The SYNLAB Chemie-, Industrie- und Spezialanalytik CIS GmbH is, as a part of the SYNLAB-Group, a company of the business unit Analytics & Services. Over 1,900 employees working at more than 50 locations in 13 countries ensure, in the case of SYNLAB Analytics & Services, reliable analyses results in the five segments: environment, food, hygiene, pharma and products. Additionally, now more than 14,500 customers of this business unit can rely on intelligent sample logistics and the ever-flexible reaction to new analytical challenges. 

We, namely more than 40 employees working in the Chemiepark Knapsack, are specialized in conducting analyses for the chemical and process industries. Our core competence is the quality control of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.  Furthermore, we support our customers’ analytical needs regarding REACH or damage claims and customer complaints. Besides routine analyses, we can also to assist you with any of your individual and specific analytical issues, for example, such cases that arise in the research and development field.

Our area of responsibility also includes providing analytical support for waste water treatment plants within and also outside the Chemiepark Knapsack making environmental analytical services an additional element in our portfolio.

We provide services for our customers who have production facilities in the Chemiepark as well as many other companies in Germany and other European countries.

Palurec GmbH

Die Palurec GmbH wurde im Dezember 2017 gegründet. Alleiniger Gesellschafter ist der Fachverband Kartonverpackungen für flüssige Nahrungsmittel e.V. (FKN) mit Sitz in Berlin. Dem Verband gehören drei Unternehmen an: Elopak GmbH (Speyer), SIG Combibloc GmbH (Linnich) und Tetra Pak GmbH & Co. KG (Hochheim am Main), die in den Bau der Palurec-Recyclinganlage auf dem Gelände des Chemieparks Knapsack bei Köln rund 8 Millionen Euro investiert haben.

In der ersten Ausbaustufe steht eine Kapazität von rund 18.000 Tonnen zur Verfügung. Die Mitgliedsunternehmen des FKN stellen etwa 95 % aller in Deutschland verkauften Getränkekartons her und sind seit dem Start des Dualen Systems maßgeblich am Aufbau und der Weiterentwicklung der Recycling-Infrastruktur für gebrauchte Getränkekartons beteiligt. Zu diesem Zweck wurde bereits 1991 die ReCarton GmbH gegründet, die als Dienstleister der dualen Systemgesellschaften die Vermarktung und Logistik gebrauchter Getränkekartons aus Haushaltssammlungen organisiert.

Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG

Vinnolit, a company of Westlake-Group – having a production capacity of 780,000 tons per annum – is one of the leading PVC-raw material manufacturers in Europe as well as being the world’s market and technological leader in specialty PVCs.

The company produces and markets a wide range of high quality PVC products suitable for prevalent processing procedures and PVC applications, e.g. in the construction sector, the automotive industry or in the medical technology sector. In addition, Vinnolit is also an important manufacturer and supplier of intermediates such as caustic soda, dichloroethane and vinyl chloride. Chloride manufacturing is carried out using the ecologically friendly and energy saving membrane technology.

1,450 persons are currently employed at Vinnolit. 270 thereof work in Knapsack. Vinnolit supports VinylPlus, a sustainability program of the European PVC Industry as well as the worldwide Responsible Care-Initiative of the chemical industry.

Pierre Kramer

Head of Site Development
Tel.: +49 22 33-48-63 43
Fax: +49 22 33-48-94 63 43



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The reliable and economical supply of sufficient energy is one of the most important prerequisites for the chemical industry. The chemical park operator InfraServ Knapsack provides the manufacturing companies with the necessary energies in the form of electricity and process steam.

The continuous main load of the energy supply is borne by the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant of E.ON Energy from Waste, where up to 300,000 tons of refuse-derived fuel are thermally utilized every year. This service is complemented by the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant of the Norwegian energy company Statkraft. With 800 MW of installed capacity it is one of the largest CCGT power plants in Germany. A further combined gas turbine power plant with capacity of 400 MW is currently under construction. The energy supply of the Chemiepark Knapsack is thus guaranteed, also at peak load time. 


The reliable and economical supply of sufficient energy is one of the most important prerequisites for the chemical industry. The chemical park operator InfraServ Knapsack provides the manufacturing companies with the necessary energies in the form of electricity and process steam.

The continuous main load of the energy supply is borne by the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant of E.ON Energy from Waste, where up to 300,000 tons of refuse-derived fuel are thermally utilized every year. This service is complemented by the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant of the Norwegian energy company Statkraft. With 800 MW of installed capacity it is one of the largest CCGT power plants in Germany. A further combined gas turbine power plant with capacity of 400 MW is currently under construction. The energy supply of the Chemiepark Knapsack is thus guaranteed, also at peak load time.