Trevor Roberts, COO
The manufacturing world has grown significantly complex over the years. Today, there are a lot more complex molecules involved in the manufacturing processes that required the use of sophisticated chemistry. Unlike the past where only three or four synthesis steps were involved, nowadays it is common to see manufacturing processes that involve eight to ten steps of synthesis on average. Besides, due to several regulations such as Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), compliance also poses significant challenges for manufacturers. All these hurdles deter them from their core competencies, which brings contract manufacturers to the picture. With their expertise in synthesising, formulating, packaging, and compliance, contract manufacturers enable manufacturing companies to streamline their processes without any additional infrastructural costs.
This is where Germany-based production service provider and contract manufacturer, Schirm takes centre stage with comprehensive services, including synthesising, formulating, and packaging fine, speciality, and agrochemicals for the chemical and related industries. The company offers services for both upstream and downstream of the manufacturing process—from supporting regulatory processes such as REACH as well as in procurement management, through formulation development and upscaling, to customs handling, organising storage and transport logistics.
Schirm’s history as a chemical manufacturer stretches back more than 200 years. Towards the end of the 18th century, a seasoned chemist Carl Samuel Hermann founded the company “Hermania” to manufacture potassium and magnesium salts as well as hydrochloric acid and, in doing so, he laid the foundation for the company’s first Schönebeck site. Subsequently, with an increase in the production sites, the cornerstone of Schirm was laid as a holding company for the existing five manufacturing companies. At present, the company’s five centers of excellence spread across Germany and the USA, offer a comprehensive range of services along manufacturers’ entire value-added chain.
Schirm’s history as a chemical manufacturer stretches back more than 200 years
With these facilities, highly qualified workers, and the highest possible level of flexibility, the company offers individual concepts for manufacturing, processing, and packaging your goods. Additionally, Schirm’s state-of-the-art multi-purpose synthesis plants that have more than 40 reactors, temperature control, modern laboratory and several other features, can produce a wide range of reaction types, including acetal formation, acetylation, condensation, cyclisation, decarboxylation, hydrolysis, isomerization. and others.
Moreover, as a production service provider, Schirm formulates herbicides, biocides, additives for a wide variety of applications, construction chemicals, home, and beauty care products, as well as many other chemical products such as adhesives, composites, flame retardants, battery materials, materials protection and animal health products. Once the formulation is completed, the company also ensures the appropriate type and size of packaging with packaging options between 200 milligrams and 500 kilograms for solid substances as well as liquid packaging from 2 millilitres through complete tankers or rail tank cars. Nonetheless, the company’s packaging service portfolio also includes the procurement of packaging and labels.
Started as a crop protection solution provider, Schirm, in recent years, has diversified its product portfolio to a wide range of applications in the life science, advanced materials and consumer goods segments. The company has several success stories under its wing by offering its services across industries, from additives for the automotive or plastics industries to chemicals for material protection or construction applications to home and beauty care products.
Along with a plethora of satisfied clients, the company also conducts its business in accordance with existing political and legal requirements and undertakes several sustainability practices so that neither existing nor future generations suffer health or material damage as a result of its economic activities. With these benchmarks, the company keeps innovation at the forefront and implements the latest solutions and practices to stay ahead of the curve.