Zschimmer & Schwarz is an internationally active company with its headquarters in Lahnstein near Koblenz, Germany. Its main business is to develop, manufacture and deliver tailor-made chemical auxiliaries for leather, fur, ceramic, textile and fibre industries. In addition, the company is one of the leading manufacturers of high performance chemical specialities and auxiliaries for cosmetics and cleaning applications as well as phosphonates and polymerbased solutions. The corporate group Zschimmer & Schwarz combines 29 companies in 15 countries on five continents, 20 of which have their own production facilities. Owing to the ingenuity of scientists, chemistry is taking a major share in the cultural achievements of modern times. Chemicals have become an integral part of our lives. They are beneficial in so many respects without us being aware of their presence. Who would think that the clothing we wear, the tiles on which we step, or the shoes in our feet are all made possible by high-grade chemical auxiliaries.