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Specialty Chemicals
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Key developments 2009

  • Revenue: €5.2 billion, down 8 percent
  • EBITDA of €814 million, down 10 percent
  • More than 32 percent of sales in high growth markets
  • Start of chelate production in Ningbo, China
  • Inaugurated two new Pulp and Paper Chemicals facilities in Brazil
  • Decision to merge Functional Chemicals and Polymer Chemicals
  • Acquired LII Europe
  • Sold stake in Pakistan PTA
  • Strong improvement of our safety record
  • Eco-premium solutions such as Dissolvine GL, Rediset WMX and Compozil Fx continued to gain momentum

Key figures

 

 

 

In € millions

2008

2009

 

 

 

Revenue

5,687

5,209

EBITDA

909

814

EBITDA margin (as a % of revenue)

16.0

15.6

EBIT

605

509

EBIT margin (as a % of revenue)

10.6

9.8

Operating income/(loss)

130

436

Employees by region at year-end

 

 

 

 

2008

2009

 

 

 

US and Canada

2,800

2,700

Latin America

1,100

1,100

China

900

1,100

Other Asian countries

2,300

2,200

The Netherlands

1,900

1,900

Germany

900

1,200

Sweden

2,100

2,000

UK

100

100

Other European countries

1,100

800

Other regions

100

200

 

 

 

Total

13,300

13,300

Revenue breakdown by business unit
in %
Specialty Chemicals – Revenue breakdown by business unit in % (pie chart)
Product: Eco-premium solutions
as % of sales
Specialty Chemicals – Product: Eco-premium solutions as % of sales (bar chart)
Key value chains with carbon
footprint assessment
Specialty Chemicals – Key value chains with carbon footprint assessment (bar chart)
Geo-mix revenue by destination
Specialty Chemicals – Geo-mix revenue by destination (map)
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