HERE Network Effects Pay-Off – FDI Highlights 2017 in Saxony-Anhalt

January, 2018

The company Total announced a three-digit million Euro investment in its refinery at the chemical park of Leuna. This is the largest investment in the site since its commissioning 20 years ago. In addition to gasoline, diesel and heating oil, the company wants to produce more specialized products in the future. For this purpose, the Total Group is planning the reconstruction of two existing plants at the location in Leuna. The company had already taken a first step towards further adaptation to the market with the construction of a benzene enrichment plant a joint investment of Total and the Belgian Domo Group. Both companies invested 60 million Euros in Leuna. Total intends to supply benzene by pipeline to Domo in the future. The Belgian company, which is also based in the Leuna chemical park, processes the chemical raw material into plastic films and injection-molded parts for the automotive industry.

CRI Catalyst Leuna GmbH headquarters © IMG Saxony-Anhalt/Nico Horn

CRI Catalyst Leuna GmbH, which is part of the US-American Shell Group, also benefits from the good conditions at Saxony-Anhalt’s chemical parks. The company has invested around 100 million in new plants since 1998. With the new reduction plant, another 30 million can now be added to this. This should also open four vacancies for highly qualified employees. CRI Catalyst will thus employ 126 people at the site.

CRI Catalyst Leuna GmbH, Leuna site in Saxony-Anhalt. © IMG Saxony-Anhalt/Kathrain Graubaum

“I am glad that CRI Catalyst Leuna, a company that has been based here in Leuna for many years, is further expanding its capacities. With this investment, the company has expressed a clear commitment to the Leuna site”, stated Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt, on the occasion of the ceremonial opening of the new reduction plant. “I am therefore particularly pleased that CRI Catalyst runs its own research.”

PURAGLOBE facility at the Zeitz Chemical and Industry Park © PURAGLOBE Germany GmbH

With an investment of approximately 15 million and the creation of another 30 jobs, the company PURAGLOBE Germany GmbH, a 100% subsidiary company of the American PURAGLOBE Group, has also committed to its location in Saxony-Anhalt. At the Zeitz Chemical and Industry Park the company has now been operating facilities for the production of base oils in Elsteraue since 2004. Each year, the some 150,000 tonnes of used oils are converted into high quality group II+ (API) base oils. Its latest technological development is the HyLubeSAT™ process, with which used oils are being used to manufacture group III base oils at a production plant in Saxony-Anhalt for the first time. The higher performance of these oils results in low levels of friction in engines, and reduces their fuel consumption and therefore their CO2 emissions.

US American chemical company Dow plans to expand its Central German sites: Schkopau, Leuna (both Saxony-Anhalt) and Böhlen (Saxony). Across all three locations, the company plans to invest up to 300 million over the next two years.

But that’s not all: Saxony-Anhalt offers fertile ground for innovation and global business success for industry. In 2017, also many other companies were therefore able to reap what they sowed:

The US filter manufacturer Nanostone Water is expanding its production plant in Halberstadt for around 11 million. Nanostone Water GmbH develops and produces ceramic nanotechnology water filters and currently employs a good 50 employees in Halberstadt. The expansion is expected to create 60 additional jobs. The Chairman of the Board of the US American parent company Nanostone Water Inc., Mark Schweizer, also emphasised the advantageous conditions in Halberstadt: “The excellent development of ceramic membrane technology on site in Saxony-Anhalt was an important factor in our decision to make what is now ongoing investment in Halberstadt. From 2017, we want to be a presence on the global market, with highly innovative technology, and to do this we are doubling our workforce in Halberstadt.”

Headquarters of Gruppo Manni © Gruppo Manni

The company Isopan, a subsidiary of the Italian Manni Group, announced construction of a new plant in the StarPark industrial park in Halle. Here it will manufacture products for sustainable construction. The company will invest 22.4 million and 65 new jobs will be created. The construction of the plant will start in 2018, the production is due to begin in 2020. According to Isopan manager Jörg Mario Reiter, the decision in favor of the industrial park, which lies directly on the A14 motorway, was deliberately made because of the location: “StarPark is a strategically important location for us in Central Germany.”

CST GmbH, a company of the Chinese Minth Group, celebrated the topping-out ceremony for a new production hall, a further expansion in the location Saxony-Anhalt, including the creation of several new jobs.