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A legacy of fine chemistry

The heritage of the CABB Group forms the basis of who we are and what we do.

CABB was founded in 2003 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clariant under the name Clariant Acetyl Building Blocks GmbH & Co. KG with production sites in Gersthofen and Knapsack, Germany. Both were former Hoechst AG locations at the beginning of the 20th century. Our initial task was simple: to manufacture and supply the industry’s best monochloroacetic acid (MCA) and its derivatives.

Over the last 15 years CABB made several strategic acquisitions, including SF-Chem, Pratteln, Switzerland, which added sulfonation, chlorination, and custom manufacturing capabilities; Kemfine, Kokkola, Finland, expanding our base for custom manufacturing; a joint venture with Jinwei Huasheng Chemical Co., Shandong, China, adding additional MCA capacity; and most recently Jayhawk Fine Chemicals, Galena, Kansas, USA, to establish CABB as a transatlantic service provider.

With decades of experience, state-of-the-art operations, and a team dedicated to the development and implementation of complex chemical processes, CABB’s commitment has never wavered: to partner with our customers and deliver tailored solutions to meet their specific requirements.

CABB is headquartered in Sulzbach am Taunus, employs around 1,100 people and has six production sites in Europe, Asia and the USA and an annual turnover of around half a billion euros.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

CABB supports our customers with a global presence, high quality products, technological know-how and comprehensive delivery services.

The Acetyls business unit supplies high-purity monochloroacetic acid and its derivatives in various forms. These products are used in personal care products, food ingredients, and pharmaceuticals. In addition to scalable quantities for expanding applications, we offer our customers a growing range of products under the GLYTECH® and GLYCOS® brands.

The Custom Manufacturing business unit is a strategic partner to leading companies in the agrochemicals, electronics, healthcare and specialty chemicals sectors worldwide, as well as customers who require complex, multi-stage chemical synthesis.

Our core competencies and unit operations also enable us to offer a select portfolio of tailor-made premium fine chemicals. An international team works with customers around the world to produce starting materials, advanced intermediates and active ingredients.

A common theme: customer success

Our customers are at the center of CABB’s range of products and services. We support customers in different markets with a common goal – identifying and securing procurement solutions for fine chemicals and custom manufacturing.

While established customers in traditional markets appreciate the value of off-site manufacturing of APIs and advanced intermediates, customers in newer industries are becoming aware of custom manufacturing partnerships. Ideally, a custom manufacturer should serve as an extension of your own operations and manufacturing culture. At CABB, we understand our obligation to earn and retain this trust each day.

When secure sourcing is the goal, customers rely on CABB’s broad portfolio of premium fine chemicals to serve as a well-equipped toolbox for project formulation or synthesis.