CHT Sustainability Report 2021

Reporting period: January, 1st to december, 31st 2021 (editorial deadline april 30th, 2022)

Reporting period: January, 1st to december, 31st 2021 (editorial deadline april 30th, 2022)


Business Fields


The CHT Group is a strategic and innovative partner of the textile industry. Our vast range of sophisticated auxiliaries, function generators and textile dyes cover the complete textile chain, from fiber manufacturing via pre-treatment, dyeing, textile printing and flock up to finishing and coating and finally jeans & garment. Our customers in this market segment are textile manufacturers and textile finishing companies all over the world.

The CHT Group makes its contribution to establish sustainability aspects within the international textile value chain. Thereby, we support the goal of a worldwide compliance with uniform labor, social and environmental standards. To achieve this goal, we are working internally on our sustainability goals and are committed nationally and internationally at association level and with our customers, brands, partners, and NGOs.

For years, we have particularly focused on developing auxiliaries and dyes which help save energy, time, waste, and water in the production process. Here, we develop customer-oriented processes that are tailored to the production facilities and the articles to be manufactured.

Textile Care

We mainly develop perfectly adjusted washing and care concepts which meet the requirements of modern laundries. Our current product and process development is not only focused on achieving excellent washing results but particularly on saving water, energy, and time and on using less chemicals.

Our customers include worldwide-operating industrial laundry groups that run supra-regional laundries and are often specialized in working clothes and hygiene processes.

Moreover, we also assist locally operating customers in the OPL segment. In general, these are smaller laundries, hotels, hospitals, and nursing homes. Companies finishing feather and down complete our customer portfolio.

In 2021, CHT expanded its textile care business toward the end-user customer market (B2C) with a purely plant-based household detergent for all textiles. The LAVECO+ detergent contains exclusively biodegradable chemicals. In addition, LAVECO+ offers a unique “unpackaged range” concept in the retail sector. Customers fill LAVECO+ into their own or purchased bottles at the specially developed filling machine in the supermarket and save a large amount of plastic packaging.

General Industries

This business field serves many different market segments: These include the paper and pulp industry (sophisticated process aids and special coatings), the cleaning and care agent industry (Consumer Care), the agrochemical and leather finishing industry (silicone specialties as process aids, function generators and additives) as well as the mining industry (process aids).

Since the beginning of 2022, Eva Baumann has been leading the BF General Industries of the CHT Group.

In addition to silicone oils, emulsions and defoamers, our silicone range includes silicone gels and gums which were added to the portfolio by the ICM in 2017.

In addition, we offer a broad range of sophisticated silicone elastomers for numerous industrial applications. The focus is on model and mold making, the automotive industry, aerospace, electronics, LED technology, medical engineering, pad printing and industrial bonding and sealing. All over the world, silicones are seen as products with a good CO2 balance as they are superior to other polymeric raw materials and materials due to their physical properties.

Construction and Assembly

As a producer and provider of additives and specialist chemicals for the paint and coatings industry and the construction materials industry, we have set the goal of supporting our customers with efficient components and innovative solutions. Our portfolio comprises wetting, dispersing and leveling agents, rheological additives, defoamers and wax formulations for surface modification as well as hydrophobic impregnating agents.

The range of rheological additives is largely based on renewable raw materials such as guar and starch. Our customers mainly operate in the paint and coatings industry and produce, among others, interior and exterior wall paints, printing inks and overprint varnishes, automotive and industrial coatings as well as wood coatings. In the construction materials industry, we supply manufacturers of mortars, screeds, or fillers, as well as producers of cement, concrete and their finished products with natural rheological additives, plasticizers, anti-settling agents or hydrophobic impregnating agents.

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