Company

25 YEARS AGO - 1992

Degussa goes East

On December 15, the former Degussa AG and the Slovak pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Biotika founded what is now Evonik Fermas s.r.o. in Slovenská L’upča for the production of amino acids.

The name Fermas is a combination of the words fermentation and amino acids. The company started by producing L-lysine, moving on to test production of L-threonine in December 1995, and putting the first large-scale tryptophan unit into operation in 2007. Since 1998, Fermas s.r.o. has been a wholly owned subsidiary and now produces a total of five amino acids.

1992 PROVIDED A FURTHER IMPORTANT MOMENTUM:

MORE AND BETTER IN RHEINFELDEN

Degussa AG’s Rheinfelden plant put a new production unit for aluminum oxide C, a highly dispersed metal oxide, into operation. The capacity of the new unit exceeded that of the one that was previously in operation by a multiple. The modified and improved technology considerably increased the company’s delivery capacity. Aluminum oxide C principally acts as an anti-static agent and as an anti-reflective agent for fluorescent tubes and is now marketed under the name AEROXIDE® Alu C.