These businesses have developed leading positions in chemical intermediates through scale and technology, developing applications and industrial innovation for optimized costs.

Soda Ash & Derivatives

Soda Ash & Derivatives is the world’s largest producer of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate, sold primarily to the glass industries and also used in detergents, agro, food and feed industries. It provides resilient profitability thanks to good pricing, dynamics growing at mid-single digit rate, underpinned by high-quality assets. 

Leading positions

  • World number-1 producer of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate

2018 key figures

  • Net sales: €1,562 million


Solvay is a worldwide market and technology leader in Hydrogen Peroxide. Providing functional qualities such as bleaching, oxidation or disinfection, it delivers innovative products and tailored services to the pulp, chemicals, aquaculture, food, mining, waste water treatment, home care and textile industries. 

With its JV partner Peróxidos do Brasil, Solvay Peroxides is developing a new plant concept, myH2O2®, especially designed for installation at customer sites in remote locations. 

Leading positions

  • World number-1 supplier of hydrogen peroxide

Main strengths

  • Innovation capacity and agility

2018 key figures

  • Net sales : €654 million
  • 1,000 employees
  • 18 industrial sites
  • 3 R&I centers


Specializing in providing solubility solutions, Coatis produces and sells oxygenated solvents made from ketone, ethanol and other renewable sources, and produces phenol and derivatives such as polyamide intermediates. 

From its industrial base and the development of innovations and applications, Coatis is a leader in Latin America and is in full expansion in the North American, European and Asian markets.

Its products serve the paint and coating, packaging printing ink, automotive, adhesive, construction, plywood, laminate, leather, pulp and paper, casting, fragrance and cosmetic, and institutional, industrial and domestic cleaning markets.

Leading positions

  • Market leader in Latin America for oxygenated solvents and phenol derivatives

Main strengths

  • globalization
  • competitiveness
  • innovation

2018 key figures

  • Net sales: €0.5 million 
  • 1 industrial plant
  • 2 R&I centers
  • 700 employees

Functional Polymers

Functional Polymers includes Fibras, the largest polyamide-based yarn producer in Latin America, and also houses Solvay’s 50% stake in RusVinyl, a large state-of-the-art PVC producer in Russia. 

2018 key figures

  • Net sales: €82 million