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The core business of the Aromatic Chemicals business line is the production  chemical raw materials such as anthracene, carbazole and other specialty chemicals which are used in a wide range of industries: from paper and dye manufacture through use as a fuel additive to the production of electrical insulating varnishes, synthetic resins, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.

A raw material with heritage

The carbolic oil from coal tar contains the raw material indene. This component makes the oil particularly attractive for the production of hydrocarbon resins. Indene has a long heritage at RÜTGERS. This aromatic ingredient was discovered in 1889 by RÜTGERS scientist Adolf Spilker, setting the stage for the first ever synthetic resins made from coal tar. Today, indene remains an important basic material for resin production by our Resins & Modifiers business line at the Duisburg site.

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The Aromatic Chemicals business line is based at Castrop-Rauxel in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. This is the site of the world’s only plant for the solvent-free extraction of pure anthracene and carbazole using the high-temperature melting crystallization process.


Dr. Christoph Börner
Executive Vice President Aromatic Chemicals


RÜTGERS Aromatic Chemicals GmbH

Fon +49 2305 705-302