With 28 companies in 16 countries on five continents, the Zschimmer & Schwarz Group, founded in 1894, is a leading manufacturer of speciality chemical products. More than 1,300 employees (of which 500 work at the current headquarters in Lahnstein) are developing individual solutions for well-known customers from numerous countries and the most varied sectors.
The ceramic, textile, synthetic fibre and leather industries, as well as manufacturers of cosmetics and cleaning products and other special applications all over the world, rely on the company's developments. Internationally uniform high quality and service standards as well as proximity to the customers guarantee that the chemical auxiliaries and additives by Zschimmer & Schwarz decisively influence the progress of the processing industry. With scientific curiosity and ingenuity the company constantly works to improve everyday life for all people with the help of innovative products.
Zschimmer & Schwarz's mission statement of sustainability is one of the key elements of this commitment. Consequently, the certification of the quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001 is just a matter of course. As a traditional and responsible family business, Zschimmer & Schwarz is committed to plan ahead for future generations. As a member of 'Responsible Care', the company therefore strives for a continuous improvement in the areas of environment, safety and health, independent of legal requirements, and with the RSPO certification it is voluntarily committed to the use of sustainably sourced palm oil.
In addition to customers from the automotive leather and shoe upper leather markets, the division serves tanners around the world who make leather for the clothing, bag, furniture and fur industries. It makes use of modern research and development laboratories, a fully equipped test tannery and several production sites to provide specific solutions for the customers' requirements. Highly specialised leather technicians, who are in touch with customers worldwide, offer a first-class technical service to supplement the high-performance product range.
The product range focuses on the re-tanning process. Manufacturing natural, synthetic and special fatliquors accounts for the bulk of production. These allow customers to create optimised leather characteristics for their needs, such as softness, volume and structure. At the other end of the product portfolio are the latest speciality chemicals, which have enabled the company to enter the market for beamhouse operations. They make Zschimmer & Schwarz a dependable partner for customers throughout the leather production process from beamhouse operations to wet-end.