17 September 2014

50 years of Borth salt works

In addition to the rock salt mine, a salt works belongs to the Borth esco salt plant. It has developed into a firm mainstay of the plant and is now turning 50. The evaporated salt produced there is the basis for an attractive range of product specialties – from food grade salt through water-softening salts to pharmaceutical active ingredients.

At the time it commenced operations in 1964, the salt works was one of the few facilities of its kind in Germany and at the same time – with a production capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year – one of the biggest. Since then, almost all salt producers have developed the possibility of producing evaporated salt, and at the same time the facilities have become much bigger. But the Borth salt works, which has expanded its capacity to 300,000 tonnes/year, is still special: solid rock salt is used for the crystallisation process, while other facilities are falling back on brine.

The Borth process has several advantages: firstly, it uses the powder generated during rock salt production as a starting raw material, which then does not require disposal. Secondly, the production process uses a relatively small amount of energy and can be done wholly without chemicals when separating insoluble Minerals.

From Borth to Oklahoma

The facility is in continuous operation 365 days a year. About 50 of the plant’s 320 employees work in alternate shifts. In the past 50 years, a total of 11 million tonnes of evaporated salt have been produced there. To put it into perspective: loaded onto trucks, this amount would fill a line of 460,000 vehicles which – bumper to bumper – would stretch from Borth across the Atlantic all the way to Oklahoma City.

More than 30 million euros have been invested in technical development and the expansion of the plant in the past ten years. That corresponds to about a quarter of the total funds used in this time. More comprehensive investments are planned for subsequent years too, such as in new systems engineering, the modernisation of logistics and the renovation of buildings.

Product specialties for an attractive market Segment

The evaporated salt produced in the salt works is the starting substance for a range of about 170 articles. These are salt products which are either subject to special purity standards or in which full solubility without residue is a quality criterion. A large part of the production is processed into products for water softening, e.g. salt tablets and dishwasher salt. Other product segments are food grade salt and particularly the expanding segment of pharmaceutical salts, in which esco has become an important supplier with Borth products and wants to take part in further market growth.

About esco

esco – european salt company is the biggest European supplier of salt products and part of the global production network of the Salt Business Unit of K+S Group with production sites in Europe and the Americas.
With an annual production capacity of approximately 9.7 million tons of crystallized salt and salt in brine, esco offers its customers a comprehensive range of high-quality salt products including salt for chemical use, industrial as well as pharma and food-grade salts, and de-icing salt for winter road service. Headquartered in Hanover, Germany, the company operates a total of approximately 20 production sites and sales offices in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Ulrich Göbel

Spokesman German Sites/Group Companies

Phone: +49 561 9301 1722

Ulrich Göbel
Spokesman German Sites/Group Companies

Bertha-von-Suttner Str. 7
34131 Kassel

Phone: +49 561 9301 1722
Fax: +49 561 9301 1666

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