2000 - 2009 The Chemical Park Knapsack – a model for the future

2000

By the end of the 20th century, the reorganization of the site into an open chemical park is essentially complete. InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG operates the chemical park with 900 employees.

The following companies produce in the chemical park or offer their services in cooperation with InfraServ Knapsack:

  • Targor GmbH - polypropylene, limited partner of InfraServ Knapsack (34%)
  • Celanese AG – Spin off of industrial chemicals of Hoechst AG, Limited partner of InfraServ Knapsack (22%)
  • Clariant GmbH – specialized chemicals, limited partner of InfraServ Knapsack (21%)
  • Vintron GmbH – inorganic chemicals, limited partner of InfraServ Knapsack (15%)
  • Celanese GmbH – organic chemicals, limited partner of InfraServ Knapsack (5%)
  • On 1 October 2000 three companies, Elenac (50% BASF / 50% SHELL), MONTELL (100% Shell) and TARGOR (meanwhile 100% BASF) are incorporated in the joint venture BASELL. 34% of the limited partner shares belonging to TARGOR and the 3% belonging to Elenac become Basell (37%) shares.
  • Aventis CropScience – crop protection products
  • Vinnolit Kunststoff GmbH - Polyvinylchloride
  • ThermPhos Deutschland GmbH – Phosphor pentasulfide
  • Messer Griesheim GmbH – technical gases e.g.: oxygen, and nitrogen
  • Alcatel – high temperature superconductors
  • Abwasser Gesellschaft Knapsack GmbH – Central waste water treatment
  • InfraServ GmbH & Co. Deponie Knapsack KG – disposal site Knapsack
  • Karl Schmidt GmbH & Co. – trucking company and bulk cargo center
  • Imotech GmbH – Engineering services
  • Jägers GmbH – Human resources services
  • Degussa Bank GmbH - Bank
  • Hoechst Versicherungsservice - insurance
  • BKK – Betriebskrankenkasse – company health insurance

     

2001

  • InterGen introduces the so-called GuD (gas and steam) project to public representatives.
  • The analytic unit of InfraServ Knapsack provides an established process using membrane technology for waste water treatment.
  • Vintron GmbH – inorganic chemicals, limited partner of InfraServ Knapsack (15%)
  • The ground breaking ceremony for the container terminal is a milestone in the further development of the Chemical Park Knapsack.
  • The introduction of a “night academy” in the center for education meets the demands for additional further education.
  • The first so-called “house trade fair” of InfraServ Knapsack attracts numerous customers and business partners to the Feierabendhaus (conference and entertainment facility).
  • The company restaurant begins a new era instating a totally revised and modern concept.
  • Vintron’s CDE plant reports exceeding the two million ton mark. First traffic symposium held by ChemCologne takes place in the Feierabendhaus
  • Clariant’s azo pigment plant celebrates its 25th jubilee and Basell’s MPP plant celebrates 10 years of production.
  • Productive cooperation develops between the newly build neighboring paper production facility.
  • InterGen submits the licensing applications for the GuD power plant.

     

2002

  • On 1 January InfraServ Knapsack takes over the analysis unit of Kalle-Albert in Wiesbaden.
  • The container terminal in the Chemical Park Knapsack goes into operation in mid-January.
  • The dismantling of the acetic acid and the anhydride plant closes a chapter on the production history of Knapsack.
  • In mid-April Vintron celebrates an extravagant red-letter-day marking the successful completion of the “Zeus” project.
  • The name Bayer CropScience emerges as a new company name in the Chemical Park Knapsack in June. Bayer took over the responsibilities for crop protection product production from Aventis.
  • “Personaltransfair” – human resources management services are carried out by this company owned by InfraServ Knapsack. They bring their biggest project to date to a successful close, namely the structuring of human recourses for the paper production facility on the so-called Knapsacker Hügel.
  • District President Roters hands over the building permits for the GuD power facility in Knapsack.
  • The Chemical Park Knapsack is actively engaged in helping the flood victims in the east of Germany, especially in the region surrounding the chemical center Bitterfeld. A donation of 15,000 Euros is the result of this undertaking.
  • Florian Gerster, Head of the Federal Employment Institute, comes to visit the educational center in the Chemical Park Knapsack and is impressed with the positive signals sent out by this facility.
  • The new server center of InfraServ Knapsack is dedicated at the end of October.

     

2003

  • CAAB – yet another new company name emerges in Knapsack. Behind it all is the Acetyl Building Blocks GmbH (Ltd.), a subsidiary of Clariant, which does business in organochlorine chemicals.
  • On 30 November the last 3 granulation lines started in Basell’s SPP plant in 1970 are shut down.
  • Clariant begeht das 50-jährige Bestehen der Phosphor-rot-Produktion in Knapsack.
  • Clariant lays the corner stone for their Depal plant, where flame retardants are produced from mid-2004
  • Change of ownership for Thermphos. In order to strengthen their world market position, the Thermphos Holding B.V is sold to a group of private investors led by N. Galmor.
  • InfraServ Knapsack submits the license applications for the construction of an EBS (refuse derived fuel) steam power plant.
  • InfraServ Knapsack founds two new businesses: PERSONAL Transfair and the RHEIN-ERFT AKADEMIE, both of which are independent limited liability companies.
  • Thermphos celebrates its 40th jubilee regarding phosphorus pentasulfide production.
  • Vintron and Vinnolit agree to merge becoming Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG (a limited partnership with a limited liability company as general partner)
  • Nexans manufactures the world’s most powerful components for superconductive current limiters.
  • The Chemical Park Knapsack participates in the nationwide “Open Day” of the chemical industry. The attendance of circa 10,000 visitors exceeded the organizers expectations.
  • Bayer CropScience moves to their new administration building on the works site Hürth.

     

2004

  • The newly established subsidiaries of InfraServ Knapsack, RHEIN-ERFT AKADEMIE and PERSONAL Transfair begin business operations.
  • The works security force moves into its new facility (gate 1).
  • Clariant’s DEPAL plant is completed and all testing is successful. Regular production begins on 1 October. In February Clariant announces that the azo plant is scheduled to close at the end of 2005. A company wide cost savings program called CPIP (Clariant Performance Improvement Program) goes into effect in April.
  • Basell gets a new site manager. Dr. Henri Brauns’ successor is Dr. Jürgen Kerth.
  • In June Bayer CropScience's PSM 2 celebrates its 25th jubilee
  • The old VC plant is demolished in summer.
  • The 2-day industrial fair “InfraServ Knapsack Messe” takes place for the second time.
  • In summer, the European Union authorizes the extension for tax exemptions for gas power plants. The investor of the GuD in the Chemical Park Knapsack, InterGen, signs a network access contract with RWE. The electricity produced in the gas and steam power station can now be fed into the electricity network held by RWE. InterGen is looking for a partner to further develop the project.
  • “Maxima”, Bayer CropScience’s cost reduction program begins.
  • In the autumn the AGK (waste water company) celebrates its 75th jubilee.
  • A terrible blow hits the planned EBS power station. Basell thwarts the project and refuses to agree to the presented business model. The new distribution of limited partner’s shares is necessary.
  • InfraServ Knapsack begins building a new production facility for Nexans. Investment: 300,000 Euros.
  • Basell announces the mothballing of their HDPE plant for the first quarter of 2005 in order to avoid over capacity. The APO plant, on the other hand, is to be expanded.
  • Vinnolit announces a 30 million Euro investment in the expansion of their chlorine chemistry business in December.
  • InfraServ Knapsack has a Christmas party for all of their employees in the Feierabendhaus for the first time in their history. Almost 700 employees attend.

     

2005

  • InterGen sells the GuD project to the Norwegian energy company Statkraft in May.
  • BASF and Shell sell their joint synthetics subsidiary Basell for 4.4 billion Euros to a consortium lead by the Russian billionaire Leonard Blavatnik.
  • The association “Rhein-Erft-Berufsstart” (Rhine-Erft Job Start) is founded on 23 May. Founding members include Bayer CropScience GmbH, Clariant GmbH, 1st Goldenerg Berufskolleg, InfraServ GmbH & Co. KG, Nexans GmbH, RHEIN-ERFT AKADEMIE GmbH, The Rhine-Erft District, and Vinnolit GmbH. In a joint venture, they want to assist young people, who haven’t been able to find an apprenticeship program, in making themselves more attractive for the job market. This particular association form was chosen in order to avoid being dependant on state funds, yet at the same time being able to utilize foundation assets.
  • On 31 May at 3.30pm the production of plastic products in Basell’s HDPE plant is discontinued, yet the production of the catalyst continued for a few weeks longer. The plant is then mothballed; however it is seen as rather improbable that it would ever be put back into operation.
  • On 21 June Clariant announces the sale of Clariant (Acetyl Building Blocks) GmbH & Co. KG to the Gilde Buy-Out Fund for 74 million Swiss Francs (48 million Euros).
  • 30 June marks the official beginning of construction of the GuD power plant. The cornerstone ceremony is celebrated on 22 September.
  • On 11 August the starting signal is given for IGH2’s hydrogen utilization center. Joint venture participants include: InfraServ Knapsack, St @rt Hürth, OperaThing and Vinnolit begins both purposefully and energetically to fully exploit hydrogen and its utilization. A broadcasting vehicle running on hydrogen fuel transmits a three hour long live TV program.
  • At the end of September production in Clariant’s azo plant is shut down. On 16 December the production building is officially released for demolition. Before this however, a majority of the still useful parts, such as pumps, motors and units, were sold off at a kind of open market sale.
  • Helmut Weihers is named as the next Managing Director of InfraServ Knapsack. Weihers was his predecessor’s, the retired Prof. Dr. Horst Dieter Schüddemage, preferred candidate.
  • A production record at Vinnolit’s chlorine plant in the Chemical Park Knapsack’s works in Knapsack is set. The plant produced an average of 784 tons of chlorine per day in November. This is the highest amount ever recorded since the founding of the works.

     

2006

  • On 1 January SOPAK moves into the former azo warehouse. The company, which is new on site, is a part of the Lintermann-Unternehmensgruppe (group) and rents storage space for industrial machinery.
  • The RHEIN-ERFT AKADEMIE is the first main sponsor of a series of competitive running events in the Rhine-Erft district.
  • Siemens celebrates the delivery of their 500th gas turbine in Berlin in February. It was manufactured especially for the GuD in the Chemical Park Knapsack and scheduled to be delivered to Hürth in August.
  • InfraServ Knapsack sells IWL to Müller-BBM on 1 March.
  • Praxair becomes a member of IGH2.
  • A 40 hour week is implemented by InfraServ Knapsack on 1 April.
  • Kube & Kubenz moves into offices in the Chemical Park Knapsack in May. The chemical logistics company is the second newcomer this year to locate in the CPK. It employs 20 persons.
  • In May Clariant announces that they plan to close down the SKS-6 plant at the end of 2006. The product can no longer be sold successfully. 50 employees are affected.
  • Management changes in three companies located on the site. Dr Thomas Schäfer takes over at Vinnolit from Dr. Dämbkes and Dr. Winhold. Dr. Wolfgang Schick succeeds Dr. Michael Henrich at Clariant, and at Basell, Achim Rodekirchen replaces Dr. Lutz.
  • In July Sotec and InfraServ Knapsack decide to build a refuse derived fuel power plant (EBS) on site in Knapsack. 105 million Euros are to be invested in this project.
  • The Feierabendhaus gets a new roof in August. The roof of this listed building is covered with polyurethane foam, which acts as thermal insulation.
  • At the beginning of September all of the GuD turbines are in place in Statkraft’s new GuD power plant. The turbines had previously been transported via heavy vehicles up the Knapsacker Hügel, all of which took a number of days.
  • 7,000 people come to celebrate the open day of the Chemical Park Knapsack. On 23 September an attractive program was held that was not only informative for the guests of companies located on the site, but wonderfully entertaining as well.
  • InfraServ Knapsack, RWE Power and the City of Hürth agree to cooperate on the Regional 2010 project. The region takes an interest in NRW’s structural aid and policy program known as the “Energy and Chemical Center Knapsack “(ECC).
  • At the end of November the first foundations for the EBS power plant are completed. Work on the superstructure begins.
  • Another change of ownership at CABB - The AXA private Equity Group purchases a majority holding in molochloroaecetic acid producers. AXA Private Equity holds 70% of the shares. Monopoly authorities have to agree to the purchase.

     

2007

  • Apprentices at the Rhein-Erft Akademie begin planning the construction of the “House of NICA” (sustainability in education for chemical occupations), which was planned be completed by the autumn of 2008. The project was marked as the “project of the decade” by the UNESCO from the very beginning.
  • The association HyCologne, a project for the development of the future energy source hydrogen, is founded in a joint effort with six additional founding members. The City of Cologne and the German Aerospace Center are both interested in this project.
  • Bayer CropScience is pleased about the approval of the two new products, “Laudis” and Infinito”, both of which are to be produced in Knapsack promoting further capacity utilization on the site.
  • Construction of a new fresh water pipeline between Dirmerzheim and Knapsack is begun in April. The project, which was financed by RWE Power and InfraServ Knapsack, is completed in the same year replacing the previous pipeline.
  • In June a topping out ceremony is celebrated for the EBKW (refuse derived fuel power plant) in Knapsack. Commissioning is planned to take place at the end of 2008.
  • In July Basell decides to demolish their HDPE plant.
  • Basell AF and the Lyondell Chemical Company execute a merger becoming LyondellBasell Industries. LyondellBasell becomes the third largest independent chemical company in the world.
  • The Rhein-Erft Akademie begins collaborations with the Aachen University of Applied Science and offers “process technology” as a course of study. It is their target to further educate employed persons in chemical-technical professions.
  • The nova-Institut GmbH, which employs a team of 20, moves into the administration building in Chemical Park Knapsack in August.
  • The Chemical Park Knapsack holds a ceremony commemorating its 100th jubilee on 24 August and on 25 August there is a tremendous community festival. A memorable program was planned for the circa 5,000 guests from the community, including a two hour Black-Föös concert and a laser show, which completed the festivities that took place in the area in front of the administration building.
  • The EU advocates Vinnolit’s project PVClean, whereby the water consumption of the PVC plant is to be reduced using a newly developed membrane filtration facility.
  • In mid-October the gas and steam power plant of the Norwegian energy company, Statkraft, is dedicated. Norway’s King Harald V is invited to Knapsack.
  • Bayer CropScience invests 60 million Euros in the construction of a new MPE plant in the Chemical Park Knapsack. The cornerstone ceremony takes place in December.
  • <liThe container terminal of Knapsack Cargo in the Chemical Park Knapsack is expanded doubling it handling capacity.</li>
  • In 2007, the 10th year of business for InfraServ Knapsack, the company achieves its best annual figures.

     

2008

  • The water rights for InfraServ Knapsack, RWE Power and RheinPapier NRW are extended by the regional district government authorities of Cologne for a further ten years in February.
  • In April Achim Kemmerich is named new Managing Director of Imotech Engineering GmbH (Ltd.).
  • InfraServ Knapsack expands its electricity network in the Chemical Park Knapsack in the same month. 20,000 meters of insulated transmission lines are laid between the works’ two sites in order to conduct electricity from the new refuse derived fuel power plant to the site in Hürth.
  • Thermphos celebrates its 10th jubilee in the Chemical Park Knapsack in May.
  • The ground breaking ceremony for the “House of NICA” takes place in June.
  • The new refuse derived fuel power plant passes its boiler pressure test and the following blowing out is successfully completed.
  • The Abwassergesellschaft Knapsack (waste water treatment company) invests 2 million Euros in the modernization of the water treatment facility, which cut down on over 1,000 tons of CO2 and 15% on electricity.
  • InfraServ Knapsack assumes the role of school sponsor for the Elisabeth-von- Thüringen Realschule in Brühl and the Friedrich-Ebert-Realschule in Hürth at the beginning of the school year 2008.
  • In October Clariant plans to halve their production capacity in Knapsack due to the sharp decline in demand. On 3 November demolition of the closed down HDEP plant of LyondellBasell in Knapsack begins.
  • In November work on the façade of the main administration building begins. Modernization focuses on both lowering energy costs and increasing safety.
  • In December the Chemical Park Knapsack gets its own street number. The main administration building can now be found under the address: Industriestraße 300.
  • Clariant decides to decommission the Oxaphospholan plant at the end of 2008. They were forced to act because of foreign competitors.

     

2009

  • Dr. Dieter Herzog becomes a new member of the business management team at CABB.
  • Vinnolit operates a new plant for water treatment.
  • The new refuse derived fuel power plant (EBKW) is officially dedicated and State Prime Minister, Jürgen Rüttgers, is in attendance.
  • The Norwegian energy company, Statkraft, opens its new technical regional center in the Chemical Park Knapsack at the beginning of June.
  • The Norwegian energy company, Statkraft, opens its new technical regional center in the Chemical Park Knapsack at the beginning of June.
  • In the spring of 2009 Bayer CropScience puts an additional MPE plant into operation creating 20 new jobs.
  • The new ESMR (electro measurement and control) workshop of InfraServ Knapsack is dedicated at the end of October.

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.