The facility is a key employer in the entire region and an economic engine for the town of Herne (population 170,000). In 1936 Friedrich Krupp began to build a plant in Herne to produce tar, gasoline and paraffins in Herne in 1936 and thus laid the foundation for today’s modern chemical site of Coatings & Additives. Today, production of isophorone and isophorone derivatives is the main activity at the Herne site.
The products manufactured in Herne are essential raw materials for the coatings industry with a wide variety of other applications. For example, VESTAMIN® crosslinkers are used in heavy duty corrosion protection systems and highly durable, solvent-free industrial floor coatings or in high performance composites, as for instance used for rotor blades of windmills. In addition, VESTASOL® is used to produce especially brilliant coatings and printing inks.