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Specialties for specialists: How Haltermann Carless' early farsightedness results in success

Haltermann Carless is a specialty chemical company offering a wide range of high-quality products to selected markets and applications.

Our strong knowledge of the chemicals business combined with our expertise in petrochemicals have given us a unique position worldwide. Customers value our expertise and comprehensive technical application services as well as our solution-oriented approach.

Whereas big oil companies focus on high volumes and product standardisation, Haltermann Carless focuses on downstream and application services, such as:

  • Tailor-made products - developed with and for customers
  • Highly flexible production units
  • Comprehensive application service support
  • Dedicated supply chain per product

Early focus on specialty products and services

The foundations for todays’ specialties business were laid back in 1953. Haltermann realised that his company would be unable to withstand the competition of the major, multi-national organisations in the fuel sector over the long-term. Thus, he decided to focus on specialty products and services.

This was implemented using a systematic and gradual approach. At the production site Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, Germany, the distillation columns for benzenes and tar acids were upgraded. Continuous refining equipment was built based on in-house designs and sodium was introduced as a reagent in the desulfurisation of white spirit. To meet the growing demands for aromatics he introduced a new process from the USA: aromatics produced in a petrochemical process providing high purity and low odour – important characteristics for the customers of such solvents.

With his farsightedness and strategic approach, Haltermann enabled a new business path and succeeded in developing a strong market position – which we still hold today. As an international leading company of hydrocarbon-based specialty products we can proudly say that we are continuing the successful story of our founding father(s).

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(from the book “100 Years Haltermann – 1898-1998, p. 31)


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