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Facts and figures: Details of Covestro Germany


Letting the facts speak for themselves


We have found the winning formula for a successful spirit of collaboration – among employees, potential applicants, the entire Covestro team in fact. In order to make this formula more tangible and give you better insights of Covestro, let’s take a closer look at our locations in Germany.

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Rooted in Germany

More than 80 years ago, we chose to call Leverkusen, a city on the Rhine, the home of Covestro. We remain headquartered in the city to this day and are proud to be one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-tech polymers. The business location of Germany plays a vital role within the company’s global direction – around 7,000 people (43 percent of our global workforce) work at six production sites and in areas such as research, logistics, and back office.

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Close cooperation – from north to south

With our site in Leverkusen, we liked North Rhine–Westphalia so much that we set up two other production sites in the state: one in Dormagen and one in Krefeld-Uerdingen. The two locations are no more than 70 kilometers apart and employ roughly 6,800 people. By the way, it doesn’t matter if you come from elsewhere and haven’t heard of any of these places. Come and visit us to discover them for yourself.

We also operate other sites in the far north and the far south of the country. In Brunsbüttel, in the north, Covestro performs two separate activities, managing its own production sites and operating Covestro`s industrial park in Brunsbüttel. Two wholly owned subsidiaries of Covestro provide services in Bomlitz, Lower Saxony, and Markt Bibart, Bavaria. And thanks to regional investments, you can now also find us in Meppen.

“Young” facts and figures – Apprenticeships at Covestro Germany

Talented young people are the ones who take Covestro to the next level and point us toward new approaches and opportunities. That’s why it is so important to us that we foster the potential of entry-level candidates with a range of programs at our German sites.

Year after year, hundreds of our colleagues start their career at Covestro in Germany. At the sites in North Rhine–Westphalia and Brunsbüttel, we also offer a starter program, which helps young talents to explore different career options, make their choice, and prepare to get started.

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What we are already proud of

History of Covestro in Germany

  • 2020

    AdiP pilot plant in Brunsbüttel

    A milestone for greater resource efficiency: Covestro will commission an industrial pilot plant based on the novel AdiP technology in Brunsbüttel in November 2020. This can save up to 40 percent water steam and 25 percent electricity in energy input per ton of MDI produced in an MDI plant – reducing CO₂ emissions by up to 35 percent.

  • New MDI plant in Brunsbüttel

    A highly efficient methylene diphenyl isocyanate (MDI) plant has been in operation in Brunsbüttel since February 2020. With a production capacity of around 400,000 tons per year, Brunsbüttel has since become one of the three largest MDI production sites in Europe.

  • 2019

    Sucheta Govil is the first woman to join the Covestro Board of Management

    Sucheta Govil assumed her position as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in August 2019, becoming the first woman to join the Board of Management of Covestro AG. Govil’s responsibilities include the three business units Polyurethanes, Polycarbonates and Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties.

  • Mass production of Maezio™ starts in Markt Bibart

    Establishment of a mass production setup for the manufacture of Maezio™, an innovative composite that is extremely lightweight and thin, but at the same time robust and stable.

  • 2018

    Listing on the DAX, Markus Steilemann becomes new CEO

    Covestro AG is listed on the German benchmark index DAX as of March 19, 2018. Since the IPO in 2015, market capitalization and free float have risen steadily. Dr. Markus Steilemann begins his work as the new CEO of Covestro AG in June 2018.

  • 2016

    Start of Dream Production in Dormagen

    World premiere from Dormagen: Covestro pushes the start button on a pilot plant in plastics production that uses CO₂ as a raw material.

  • Pilot plant for saline water treatment in Krefeld-Uerdingen

    In Krefeld-Uerdingen, an innovative process is used to recycle saline process wastewater.

  • 2015

    Foundation of Covestro

    Bayer MaterialScience AG becomes the legally independent company Covestro on September 1, 2015. Headquarters of Covestro AG remains in Leverkusen.

  • 2014

    World-scale plant in Dormagen

    Covestro expands TDI Production at its site in Dormagen. The new state-of-the-art large-scale plant comprises a production capacity of 300,000 tons per year.

  • 2011

    Revolution in chlorine production Krefeld-Uerdingen

    An innovative process for the production of chlorine is used in Krefeld-Uerdingen. Thanks to the oxygen depolarized cathode (ODC), Covestro can reduce energy consumption at the site by around 25 percent.

  • 2010-2014

    Production expansion in Bomlitz

    Commissioning of a new technical center and another multilayer film production line. Among other things, the site produces a film composite for forgery-proof documents and certificates.

  • 2005

    Bayer MaterialScience becomes Industrial Park Operator in Brunsbüttel

    The subgroup takes over operation of the industrial park in Brunsbüttel.

  • 2004

    Spin-off of Bayer MaterialScience AG

    As part of a company-wide restructuring, Bayer AG divests its chemicals and plastics segment. Bayer MaterialScience AG operates henceforth on the market as a legally independent company.

  • 1953-1965

    Innovations from Krefeld-Uerdingen

    Hermann Schnell invents polycarbonate in the company’s central laboratory. The first chlorine production plant goes into operation. The company gives the go-ahead for MDI production.

  • 1912-1937

    Research breakthrough in Leverkusen

    Bayer chooses Leverkusen as its headquarters. A team led by chemist Otto Bayer synthesizes polyurethanes for the first time. The benefits of polyurethanes are initially unclear. This is another reason why industrial production does not begin until years later.

  • 1877

    Plant founded in Krefeld-Uerdingen

    Edmund ter Meer founds the “Dr. Edmund ter Meer & Cie” chemical company in Krefeld-Uerdingen to manufacture aniline or azo dyes. This enables the Krefeld-based silk industry to supply its customers with colored fabrics cost-effectively.

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