The company is engaged in the management and operation of life sciences and materials sciences sectors worldwide. It was established in 1902. The company has a registered head office based in Heerlen, Netherlands.The company provides solutions for the development and application of coatings; focuses on bio-based products; and offers biomedical materials and coatings for the production of medical devices and drug delivery systems. The company has diverse business segments: the nutrition, which manufactures food enzymes, cultures, savory ingredients, and other specialties for the food and beverage industries; nutrition and health products for animal and human, such as vitamins and carotenoids; and actives and ingredients for the sun care, skin care, and hair care industries, as well as offers food ingredients for infant formula and other food and beverage applications. The company has pharmaceutical segment, which provides custom manufacturing and development services to the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and agrochemical industries; and active pharmaceutical ingredients, such as semi-synthetic penicillins and semi-synthetic cefalosporins, as well as nystatin. The company's performance materials segment offers polymers, polyamides, and copolyester elastomers; Dyneema, a polyethylene fiber; and resins for industrial and decorative coatings. The company's polymer intermediates segment produces and supplies caprolactam and acrylonitrile, which are raw materials for synthetic fibers and plastics; and ammonium sulfate, sodium cyanide, cyclohexanone, and diaminobutane.
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