Established in 2005, Chem4Chem initial activities focussed on the supply of special chemicals for use as intermediates in the synthesis of sophisticated performance products. Trading in this field demanded a thorough knowledge of chemistry and an understanding of the expertise of different producing companies internationally, with a special interest in Chinese producers.
The role of science in innovating new ways to produce unusual intermediates was underlined by experience gathered at companies like Shell International Chemical Company, Boehringer Mannheim, Helm, IGM Pharma, MPI Pharma and more recently, at TNO, the Dutch applied research organisation.
The business driver for process improvement has to be checked and verified at each stage. Adopting innovative methods does cost investment initially, but with the correct analysis, does bring rewards expressed in waste reduction, yield improvement, operating costs optimisation and higher specification products.