The Steinau site of Evonik Operations GmbH produces innovative ingredients for cosmetic products, biodegradable specialty surfactants and active substances primarily for the commercial goods and detergent industry.

The production site, located in the beautiful Kinzig valley between Spessart and Vogelsberg, but still conveniently located on the A 66 motorway between Hanau and Fulda, belongs to the Nutrition & Care division and is integrated into its business line Care Solutions.

Steinau manufactures a variety of precursors based on renewable raw materials used in skin and hair care products (hair shampoos, shower and foam baths, gel shampoos, baby shampoos and medical washing lotions).

Active substances for laundry care are synthesized on a large scale. They make the textiles feel softer, easier to dry and easier to iron. In addition, skin-friendly surfactants are produced for the cleaning, polishing and care products industry (including surfactants for dishwashing detergents, car shampoos, household cleaning agents and industrial cleaning).

Special products for metalworking, paper production, construction and textile manufacturing are produced on the same chemical basis for the Interface & Performance division.

In addition to the production of large-volume products, carrier systems are also developed and produced at the site in order to transport cosmetic active ingredients into the depths of the skin.

Steinau is also home to application technology for Cleaning Solution and the division's synthesis laboratory, Research, Development & Innovation.

The current portfolio currently comprises more than 200 products.

Training and further education are of great importance at the site. In order to ensure the next generation of young people, a chemist is trained in the professional field.

At a glance

Employees:225 (188 NC, 37 ELS)
Area: 70,000 sqm
Products: Esterquats, betaine/sulfosuccinate, amphoteric surfactants


Evonik Operations GmbH
Max-Wolf-Straße 7
36396 Steinau a. d. Straße
+49 6663 54-0
+49 6663 54-287