1906 - 1909 The founding years

1906

On 31 May DIE DEUTSCHE KARBID GESELLSCHAFT, (The German Carbide Company) FRANKFURT AM MAIN is founded by the Metallurgische Gesellschaft (Metallurgic Company), Frankfurt am Main, in order to build a calcium cyanamide plant in Knapsack.

 

The founder and first Chairman of the Supervisory Board is the Managing Director of the Metallurgic Company, Dr Rudolf de Neufville. Director Joh. Maruhn, heads up the organization and the head of general business is Max Bachmann. Coal contract with Roddergrube.

1907

Commissioning in Knapsack

The new plant is commissioned in October. 60 employees make up the initial plant crew and this is the first plant in the world to supply agricultural operations with calcium cyanamide. Production is carried out in three retort furnaces. Initially, purchased carbide is used.

1908

In 1908 a lignite power plant and a calcium carbide plant are built.

1909

The company name is changed to AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT FÜR STICKSTOFFDÜNGER, Knapsack bei Köln, (Corporation for Nitrogen Fertilizer, Knapsack near Cologne).

Dr. Rudolf de Neufville
The oldest known photograph of employees working in a chemical plant

ENERGY SUPPLY

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. 

ENERGY SUPPLY

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.