Ulrike Braunagel and Dr. Norbert Braunagel Founders of abcr
Gute Chemie Foreword 2|3 Gute Chemie. Welcome to abcr. What do you think of when you hear the expression „Gute Chemie“? Does it make you think of top-quality products or people that understand each other really well? Since we set up our company in 1987, we have consistently attempted to combine both. We offer Gute Chemie in the form of more than 260,000 specialty chemicals that we supply to major pharmaceuticals and chemical companies. And we also provide Gute Chemie in terms of our personal service coupled with an extensive network that links our clients, suppliers and partners all around the world. With this brochure, we would like to invite you to experience all the aspects of Gute Chemie. Dr. Jan Schuricht
Dr. Ute Kiso, Marketing & Sales Director As a family-run business, personal service is very important to us. That’s why we always make sure that chemists get to talk to other chemists. Regardless of whether the contact is via telephone, e-mail or face to face – we always provide contact partners who are experts in your field of interest.
Gute Chemie Personal service 4|5 Personal service. Gute Chemie happens when clients speak to chemists, not to answering machines. › Because the specialty chemicals business is all about trust. › Specialist knowledge for specialized materials. › Good chemistry runs in the family. When it comes to specialty chemicals, our customers expect and receive expert service. That’s why abcr does not rely on anonymous call centers, but rather on customer support personnel who know exactly what you want. Our qualified chemists and chemical engineers provide you with comprehensive support for all your specialized questions and in all process technology matters. To save you time and money, you are assigned a permanent contact person who accompanies you throughout the entire process – from initial consultation and procurement to delivery. In the 25 years that we have been in business, we have learned a great deal about the needs of our customers and have consistently been able to build on our specialist knowledge in the field of chemistry. With this knowledge forming a reliable basis for our business, we provide you with extensive expert advice on products or product groups and the corresponding process management. Our employees in purchasing will also provide you with expert support in all matters relating to procurement, delivery schedules and pricing. With abcr as your partner, you can enjoy all the benefits of an independent, family-run business. Our customers especially appreciate our nonbureaucratic structures and quick decision- making that ensure that we can offer maximum flexibility. Add to this our pronounced corporate culture that is built around a philosophy of making social responsibility, sustainability and high quality standards an integral part of everything we do – that is something our customers appreciate just as much as our employees. Customer service personnel who think like you: 40% of all abcr employees are chemists, chemical engineers, chemical laboratory technicians or chemical workers.
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Gute Chemie Flexible quantities 6|7 Flexible quantities. Gute Chemie is when you can order any different quantity from the same company. › From small quantities to bulk orders. › All size units from a single source. › Right quantity, reliable quality. In the area of specialty chemicals, every application is different – just like the quantities required. abcr provides a complete spectrum of order sizes: from small quantities to bulk orders, milligrams to tons, bottles to barrels. This helps to save you money on disposal costs and ensures you always have exactly the package size that best suits your processes. Regardless of whether you are ordering small quantities, bulk or semi-bulk: the quality and purity of the chemicals that you receive from abcr is always at the same high standard. In other words, we are your reliable partner for whichever quantity you need. That saves you time and money in ordering and processing – and offers you consistent high reliability in further processing. Customized solutions for every need: do you need a chemical substance in a certain quantity that is not offered in the catalogue? Just tell us how much you need and how you would like it packaged, and we will do the rest. Whether it’s a liquid or gas, a powder or granulate: we have personnel who are specially trained in the repackaging of hazardous chemicals. We deal with thousands of orders every year for hundreds of thousands of items – from small quantities to bulk orders.
Jörg Meer, Head of Logistics and Warehousing What’s special about abcr? It’s that we know our products just as well as we know our clients’ processes. Our packaging, logistics and shipping services allow us to react flexibly to practically any requirement. And in that way, we can make a useful contribution to our customers’ success.
Gute Chemie Services 8 |9 Services. Gute Chemie ensures efficient customer processes. › As unique as your process: customized packaging. › Reducing your process costs: sample service. Processes are only efficient when they function flawlessly. By providing specialist chemical filling services in customized packages, abcr helps support your schedules, logistics and the reliability of your processes. We package materials in containers that are tailored for transportation, as well as further machine or manual processing at your company premises or laboratory. Offer your customers an optimum service from the very start and don’t let minimum contract values be the cause of failed sales. Our structured logistics and streamlined processes make us a reliable partner for sample services. Customers who cannot cost-effectively provide in-house samples can make use of this service to significantly reduce expenditure. › All the information you need at a glance: universal 2-D bar codes. abcr labels all its packaging with universal 2-D bar codes. This makes it possible to read off all important data such as item number, unit and batch with any 2-D-capable scanner (including smart phones). This helps to increase security in incoming goods, in the warehouse and in production. All abcr shipping containers are labeled with the universal datamatrix code which includes the item number, unit and batch. On 100 kg just like on 100 mg.
Organics Silanes and silicones Fluorine compounds Boronic acids and esters Phosphines Ionic liquids Monomers and polymers Biochemicals Special gases Inorganics Precious metals High purity metals Ceramic powders Nano materials Fluorine compounds Rare earth compounds Metal organics Catalysts Grignard reagents Metal alkoxides and diketonates Organolithium compounds Organozinc compounds
Gute Chemie Product portfolio 10 |11 Product portfolio. Gute Chemie is when you can find exactly what you want among 278,293 specialty chemicals. › More variety, more choice, more value. › Cross-segment operations. › Specialization as standard: our key business fields. With abcr, you have access to more than 260,000 products from our selections of organic, metal organic and inorganic specialty chemicals. All of these materials can be easily ordered via our web shop; most of our products are kept in stock in our logistics center. If the product you are looking for is not in stock, we will quickly identify a suitable supplier in our international network or offer a synthesis from our own laboratory. Pharmaceuticals and chemical companies, research laboratories and universities: the range of customers that use our products is almost as varied as our broad product offering. Specialty chemicals from abcr are used for synthesis and catalysis in the areas of life sciences, medicinal chemistry and surface technology. In line with current advances in research and development, we are constantly updating and expanding our portfolio. › Catalogue business: the procurement and sales of specialty chemicals for research and development. › Semi-bulk/bulk business: custom synthesis, contract production and process development. › Production: In-house syntheses from abcr labs in Spain. › Small quantities: samples and small quantities abcr offers an extensive selection in areas such as boronic acids, silanes and silicones, and fluorine compounds. 5 6 9 14 B C F Si Boron Carbon Fluorine Silicon
Ben Janeiro, Manufacturing Operations abcr lab’s 6,000 square meter R&D center and manufacturing facilities are much more than just a produc- tion area. It is a space in which we open up new possibilities for our customers. It is where we can turn your ideas into reality.
In-house production. Gute Chemie means trusting in the quality of the products you make. › R&D Lab: custom synthesis The research and development laboratory carries out custom synthesis, researches synthetic routes, and develops chemical processes for scale-up and commercialization. It is equipped with seven fume hoods and supported by a state of the art analytical laboratory. Kilo-Lab: qualification samples The kilo laboratory manufactures products and qualification samples up to 15 kg. It is equipped with seven fume hoods and two distillation benches. Pilot plant: chemical process validation The pilot plant is equipped with six processing suites. Two suites are equipped with two160-liters and two 400-liter reactors. The automated reactors are Pfaudler PharmaGlass® Lined and are suitable for azeotropic, flash and fractional distillation. They operate from full vacuum to 10 bars of pressure and temperature ranges from –20 to 220°C. A third suite is equipped with thin film evaporators for the purification of heat sensitive materials and low volatility products. The remaining suites are dedicated for proprietary projects and future expansion. Commercial plant: full-scale production The full scale commercial plant facilities is equipped with two 1,000-liter Pfaudler PharmaGlass® Lined reactors that are suitable for azeotropic, flash and fractional distillation, operating from full vacuum to 10 bars of pressure, and temperature ranges from –20 to 220°C. Both reactors are supported by a 1,000 liter (1.2 m²) corrosion-resistant alloy Nutsche filter/drier equipped with automatic cake discharge for fast processing and operating temperature ranges from −20°C to 120°C. The plant has the infrastructure in place for an additional six reactors ranging from 2,500 to 8,000 liters. Chemical processes Applications But it is not only the versatility of the production processes that impresses: the application possibilities for the chemicals are also highly complex: Protection groups Derivatization Reducing agents Silylating Adhesion promoters Coupling agents Surface modifications Catalysis Polymer syntheses … and much more With a flexible manufacturing platform for specialty chemicals and materials, abcr labs offers the ideal infrastructure for: Condensation Coupling reactions Ammonolysis Alkyllithium coupling reactions Grignard reagents and coupling reactions Alkoxylation Amination Esterification Transesterification Halogenation Hydrolysis Hydrosilylation LAH reduction Ring-opening polymerization Silylation
Gute Chemie In-house production 12|15 The majority of the products produced at abcr labs are used in the areas of surface coatings and pharmaceuticals.
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Gute Chemie Custom synthesis 16 |17 Custom synthesis. Gute Chemie paves the way for new products and processes. › Custom synthesis: from the idea to the finished product. › Scale-up: from the bench-top to production. › Contract manufacturing: the intelligent solution. You need a specialty fluorine, silicon, organic or metal organic compound and cannot find it in our product range? Let us help you. We will perform an in depth literature search and present you with a custom synthesis option at a competitive price. Our qualified chemists will support and guide you throughout the entire process. The path from the laboratory to commercial production involves a number of development phases. abcr will help you every step of the way – right up to production. We provide the support of chemists and chemical engineers who will help you to optimize your products and production processes. Some products do not fit because they are small for your manufacturing operations or their processes use up many resources because they are labor intensive and time consuming. The result is increasing production costs and frustration. abcr offers the ideal solution: contract manufacturing services. We take over the entire process for you – from production, quality assurance and on to the safe packaging and shipping of your products. The research and development department is responsible for the development and scale-up of chemical products.
Torsten Pfeiffer, Logistics & Warehousing International norms, shipping in- structions and safety standards are part of our daily working life and all of our products comply with these specifications. But for us, these are just the minimum requirements. When it comes to safety, we make every effort to go beyond just the standards. That’s why we always work even more precisely than the regulations require.
Gute Chemie Safety 18 |19 Safety. Gute Chemie gives you a feeling of security – from procurement to delivery. › Responsibility for safe products. › Responsibility for safe shipping. › Responsibility for safe storage. Temperature, storability restrictions and safety regulations: the storage of most specialty chemicals is subject to particularly strict guidelines. abcr’s central warehouse in Karlsruhe (Germany) covers an area of 3,200 m² and is certified for the storage of hazardous materials. Cool storage and frozen storage as well as batch-oriented order picking ensure high safety standards – and protect health and the environment. You can rely on it: the working methods at abcr are ideally suited to hazardous and specialty chemicals. All tasks are carried out by specially trained personnel. An internal and an external hazardous goods officer are on hand to monitor all processes. And our six-person product safety team is constantly adapting to take into account the latest developments. All regulations relating to handling chemicals, such as REACh, GHS, Dual-Use, PIC, ODS, GÜG and many more, are followed scrupulously. For a reliable supply with no bottlenecks: the worldwide shipment of hazardous substances is part of the daily business at abcr. Our team of specially trained hazardous goods experts is extremely well informed about all European and international legislation regarding the transportation of dangerous chemicals. Consequently, whatever the material you are having shipped, you can rest assured that it will be securely packaged, labeled in accordance with legal requirements and transported using the most reliable forms of transport. The foundation for this expertise comes from regular training sessions, for instance on the hazardous goods regulations IATA, IMDG and ADR. Safe handling and safe transportation of hazardous materials: our employees are trained to IATA, IMDG and ADR standards.
Gute Chemie Global 20 | 21 Global. Gute Chemie knows no bounds when it comes to reliability and punctuality. › At home in Karlsruhe: our headquarters. › At home all around the world: our international locations. › abcr’s heart beats in Karlsruhe: from the logistics center in our company headquarters, we manage worldwide shipping to more than 10,000 laboratories around the globe. Our customers benefit from this ideal location on one of Europe’s major transport routes and thus from quick access to the most important air transport hubs as well as the excellent infrastructure of the Karlsruhe technology region. Specialty chemicals are needed everywhere. But the markets differ from land to land and from continent to continent. That is why abcr believes in having an international presence to maintain customer proximity. For instance, with a production location abcr labs in Spain, whose products we market exclusively. And with our subsidiaries and distribution partners on four continents. Always fast and reliable, whatever the destination: our on-time deliveries. The international laboratory world needs fast access to specialty chemicals. So it’s good that our logistics network is able to guarantee prompt and reliable delivery: shipments within Europe generally reach their destination within 24 hours. And around half of all international deliveries are only on the road for two to three days. You can always check the status of your order via our order tracking system. From several hundreds of shipments every day, over 80% reach their destination within Europe inside 24 hours.
Katharina Bittel, Sourcing Internationality is a conscious part of the abcr company culture. We have a broad mix of native speak- ers from many nations working for us to ensure that we always get the tone right in a wide range of languages. It also means that cus- tomers and suppliers all around the globe can benefit from our personal consultation services.
Gute Chemie Sourcing 22 |23 Sourcing. Gute Chemie connects customers and suppliers all around the world. › Worldwide purchasing and sales. › Preferred supplier to many customers. › We create products from our own resources. Specialty chemicals from all over the world – for the whole world: abcr procures the substances that you need in just the right quantities and at the right time. Our headquarters in Karlsruhe and our subsidiaries and distributors abroad ensure that you have access to an interactive network of partner companies in 50 countries. This also includes reliable and secure sources from new markets such as Eastern Europe, China and India. Lots of suppliers means lots of work. Make it easy for yourself: with abcr you have a partner that can draw on a pool of sources all over the world. Our ‘portal’ function makes it possible to reduce the number of your supplies to a manageable level. And that’s just one reason why we are the preferred supplier for many pharmaceuticals and chemical companies all around the world. For everyone who prefers specialties: there are some substances that are exclusively available from the in-house production of the abcr labs. The specialty chemicals and custom synthesis produced at our facility in Galicia, Spain are packaged and shipped worldwide from the abcr logistics center in Karlsruhe. abcr connects 8,000 customers worldwide with more than 500 reliable suppliers.
Universities Meet up with abcr at scientific forums and symposia for research and development. Industry Get to know abcr at international chemicals trade fairs, commercial conferences and industrial congresses. Trade fairs and congresses Come and meet us at specialist conventions for medicinal chemistry, catalysis or surface coatings, material sciences and many others.
Gute Chemie Network 24 |25 Network. Gute Chemie lives from sustainable partnerships. › We put chemistry on the table. › We are present at trade fairs and congresses. › We keep our finger on the pulse of research. Whether it’s the pharmaceutical or chemicals industry, materials research or surface technologies: chemistry is constantly evolving. To keep pace with and support these developments and innovations, abcr engages regularly in dialog with various disciplines. Making use of our extensive international network, we invite experts from research, industry and business to get to know us and each other, to exchange knowledge and to mutually inspire each other. Why not become a member of the abcr network yourself and get to know us personally? For instance, at one of the international chemicals and pharmaceuticals trade fairs at which we regularly present ourselves and our product portfolio. Or speak to us at one of the numerous congresses, symposia and meetings that we attend. We would also be happy to meet you at our company premises. Specialty chemicals and research go hand in hand. From the very beginning, we have been working together closely with universities and start-ups as well as with the highly renowned Max Planck, Helmholtz and Fraunhofer Institutes. Our aim is cooperation in research and the development of new syntheses and compound classes for a market-oriented expansion of our product portfolio. abcr’s international network offers numerous opportunities for experts to get together and exchange ideas and information.