2016 key figures
World number-1 supplier of hydrogen peroxide
Net sales: €542 million*
2016 underlying results (audited figures)
Pulp, Chemicals, Food & Feed, Water treatment, Mining, Textile, Home Care
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is mainly used by the paper industry to bleach pulp. Its properties are also of interest to many markets like chemicals, food, textiles and the environment. The world leader in this technology, Peroxides develops innovative applications and processes for these market segments. Its business is benefiting from the high consumption of paper pulp and from worldwide demand for high-added-value specialty derivatives. Innovation capacity and agility are two of GBU Peroxides’ strengths. Thus, to meet the expectations of its customers in more remote areas (including South America), it rolled out in 2013 a new concept of mini-plants to be located at customers’ manufacturing plants. Growing industrial demand for propylene oxide* is another growth driver: the GBU is leveraging here its unique expertise in building mega plants producing H2O2 as feedstock for propylene oxide in the framework of HPPO (Hydrogen Peroxide to Propylene Oxide) partnerships.
* An intermediate in the manufacture of polyurethane, a polymer widely used in many consumer products and industrial applications.