New investments for WeylChem Lamotte

As of 11th of March 2020, WeylChem Group of Companies announced an investment of more than five million € into the Speciality Chemicals Assets at its site WeylChem Lamotte, France. This includes upgrades of filters as well as an implementation of robotic elements for improved flexibility and cost effectiveness. By doing so, the performance of the existing technical equipment and the overall flexibility will be increased fundamentally.

Based on a thorough analysis of the site as well as an adjusted focus on Custom Manufacturing, the management team around Dr. Uwe Brunk, President of WeylChem Group of Companies, defined the potential of WeylChem Lamotte. Supported by Christophe Amalric, head of Operations at WeylChem Lamotte, who designed the efficient and flexible set-up with his operational Excellence team, they came up with a detailed finance plan. After the approval of the investment of more than five million € by the group owners International Chemical Investor Group (ICIG), they will now start to upgrade the site’s equipment to achieve more flexibility and to create a higher level of customer satisfaction.

The investment will be used for improving the Speciality Chemicals Assets, starting in 2020. Within this process, it is planned to install an acid-proof filter dryer to expand the capabilities towards isolation of high-value chemicals in the sector of solids. Furthermore, the distillation toolbox for temperature-sensitive products will be expanded by a thin film evaporator out of stainless steel. Additionally to the existing, new equipment such as stainless steel reactors will be introduced to the site with the objective to create a multipurpose production line. In relation to this, WeylChem Lamotte will move further into the direction of automatization and use of robots in line with the industry 4.0 philosophy by bringing in a fully automatic solids filling and packaging line as well as automated cleaning systems of the plants for the new production train.

“Since we reactivated our marketing activities for custom manufacturing, we recognized interest of customers for a reliable partner in Europe to support their growth with innovative, tailor-made products. With this investment we enlarge our service offering with additional flexible equipment at a site that is managed by ourselves. This gives us a clear advantage on the cost site and qualifies us to be the partner of choice”, Dr. Uwe Brunk states.

Overall, the management team of the WeylChem Group of Companies is convinced that with this investment it will bring the group’s offer to a next level and strengthen its position in the market.


About WeylChem Lamotte:

WeylChem Lamotte is one of the worldwide leaders for production of Glyoxal and Glyoxylic Acid, with over 40 years of experience with these sensitive molecules. These two building blocks offer the smallest possible bifunctional entities to produce aliphatic, aromatic molecules and heterocycles. Their structure makes them highly flexible to tailor-made C2 derivatives, with a wide range of reactivity and specificity for a wide variety of applications: pharmaceutical and agrochemical intermediates, flavors and fragrances, dyestuff additives and fine chemicals. In addition, these simple and versatile building blocks help to generate highly sophisticated chiral intermediates such as chiral glyoxylic esters or chiral diamines.

About WeylChem Group of Companies:

WeylChem Group of Companies is the fine chemicals platform of International Chemicals Investors Group. With nine companies in Europe and North America, WeylChem employs more than 1,380 people. The Group is a global leader in Custom Manufacturing of Specialty Chemicals and supplies its customers with a wide range of advanced intermediates and reagents for diverse applications.



Teresa Hirth

WeylChem International GmbH
Alt-Fechenheim 34
60386 Frankfurt, Germany

Go back