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Evonik acquires catalyst business from H.C. Starck

By Gerald Ondrey |

On February 26, 2010 Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) acquired the catalyst business of H.C. Starck GmbH (Goslar, Germany). The know-how and technology relating to the production and use of Amperkat catalysts have therefore been transferred to Evonik. Following a transition phase, Evonik will produce these catalysts in Hanau, Germany. The Amperkat brand comprises activated metal catalysts—known as skeletal catalysts and customized supported catalysts. The Amperkat business focuses principally on activated nickel catalysts, which are used in the pharmaceuticals and food industries and in fine and industrial chemicals, for example, for producing selective pharmaceutical active substances, sweeteners, and starting materials for polyurethanes for the building materials and automotive sectors.   Evonik is a global leader in producing activated metal catalysts and precious metal powder catalysts. Both product groups are used in similar market segments, but their activity and selectivity differ enormously. The acquisition of Amperkat catalysts complements Evonik’s present range of products and customized solutions.   “Catalysts are not off-the-rack products; they need to be specially tailored…
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