Dr. Boris E. Bosch, Head of the ZeTO
Dr. Bosch, what’s so special about ZeTO?
Bosch: “First and foremost, our outstanding team. If I had to sum up the past 50 years in a motto, it would be “There’s no such thing as can’t at ZeTO.” Even the biggest synthesis challenges are always taken on with passion, and with everyone giving their all to achieve the ultimate objective (in time and in full).”
Which technology are you particularly proud of?
Bosch: “I couldn’t possibly single out just one technology. After all, what ZeTO is all about is our ability to do (almost) anything using our wide-ranging license and the technology kit available to us. What’s more, we usually meet that promise on operational terms, too. Whether you’re talking about an organometallic reaction at -100 °C, using self-igniting reagents or manufacturing a new fungicide using elementary bromine, we can do it. I am proud of the virtually unlimited diversity of technologies that we can put to use.”
What is the biggest challenge that ZeTO has overcome?
Bosch: “There are several examples of very demanding pilot production projects that required a huge amount of input in terms of facilities and personnel. They really were the equivalent of open-heart surgery, with blockages and other economies of scale repeatedly altering processes, new equipment being added to the plant, solvents being optimized and work-up processes developed from scratch – all during production. In the end though, we overcame these challenges, too.
The expansion project we’re working on at the moment has pushed us to our limits at times. For almost two years in both plants, our staff have had to “endure” a huge construction site with all the noise, dust, cramped conditions and logistical limitations that brings. And all the while production has been running flat out. At the same time, lots of colleagues have been working really hard to plan and implement projects on top of their day-to-day business.”